Nov. 27, 2005
BALTIMORE, MD - Junior Taryn Mellody scored 20 points off 7-for-14 shooting and added six rebounds and two assists as #5 Scranton bounced back from an unexpected loss to Catholic on Saturday with a 75-66 win over Johns Hopkins in Goldfarb Gymnasium. The Lady Royals, who are 3-1 in the series with Hopkins, improved to 3-1 while the Blue Jays fell to 2-1.
After trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half and 17 points in the second half, Johns Hopkins cut its deficit to two points, 58-56, with 9:43 remaining. Down 55-35 at 14:05, the Blue Jays used a 13-3 run to make it a one-possession game. Sophomore Andrea Dodrill and freshmen Jessica Rice and Jonay Foster opened the scoring streak with two points apiece before senior Katie Kimball made a fast break layup and a three-pointer and junior Julie Miller hit two free throws and followed that with a layup.
But that was the closest Hopkins would get as Mellody ended the run with a fast break layup off a turnover - one of seven Hopkins turnovers in the next six minutes. The Lady Royals' pressure defense helped them build back a double-digit lead, 74-64, with 26 seconds remaining before they finished with the 75-66 win.
The Blue Jays held a 39-32 advantage on the boards and shot their best from the field (25 for 54, 46.3 percent) this year, but the Lady Royals also shot over 45 percent overall and went 75 percent (6 for 8) from long range. Johns Hopkins finished with 25 turnovers, while Scranton made 16.
Miller led Hopkins in scoring with 21 points off 7-for-13 shooting. She went 6 for 7 from the foul line and added five rebounds (four defensive), four assists, two steals, and one block. Junior Whitney Davis scored nine points - including seven in a two-and-a-half-minute span in the first half - in her first game back from a hand injury, while Kimball also chipped in nine points. Senior Amanda Leese had six points and team-high nine rebounds.
Scranton led 44-28 at halftime after out-rebounding Johns Hopkins 19 to 16, shooting 54.3 percent from the field, and hitting four of five three-pointers. Miller and Davis led all scorers at the break with 11 and nine points, respectively.
The Blue Jays begin Centennial Conference action this week, beginning at Swarthmore on Wednesday, November 30, at 6 pm. They return home to host Muhlenberg next Saturday at 2 pm.