Jan. 31, 2006
Week In Review
Johns Hopkins improved to 14-4 overall and 11-1 in the Centennial Conference with a pair of home wins last week. The Blue Jays knocked off Washington College, 73-39, and Dickinson, 71-61, to take over sole possession of first place in the Centennial.
Against Washington College the Blue Jays broke a 4-4 tie with a 17-3 run that gave them a 21-7 lead and the Shorewomen were never closer than 13 the rest of the way. Junior Haley Wojdowski (Mars, PA/Mars Area) scored a team-high 12 points to lead four players in double figures. Senior Amanda Leese (Amherst, NH/Bishop Guertin) and sophomore Andrea Dodrill (Baltimore, MD/Bryn Mawr) added 11 points apiece and junior Julie Miller (Annandale, VA/Thomas Jefferson) added 10 to fuel the rout. Freshman Kristin Phillips (Wilmington, DE/Tower Hill) added 13 rebounds in just 18 minutes off the bench.
Senior Katie Kimball (Garden City, NY/Garden City) was the key to Hopkins' win over Dickinson as she scored a team-high 22 points and added nine rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two steals. Senior Katie O'Malley (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) provided an offensive spark as she scored all 11 of her points in the second half, while Dodrill added 11 points and eight rebounds in just 18 minutes.
The Week Ahead
The Blue Jays cap a four-game homestand with games against Swarthmore (January 31) and Haverford (February 4) this week.
Johns Hopkins leads the all-time series against Swarthmore 17-9, has won five straight in the head-to-head matchup and picked up a tough, 60-57 decision at Swarthmore earlier this season. Julie Miller (13 points) and Amanda Leese (12) paced the Blue Jays in the win. Jennifer Stevenson led Swarthmore with 15 points.
The Blue Jays are 15-0 all-time against Haverford, but needed a 27-6 game-ending run over the final 10 minutes to take a closer-than-it-looks, 71-51 decision earlier this season (1/10/06). Haley Wojdowski (15 points), Julie Miller (13) and Amanda Leese (13) led the way for Hopkins. Abby Scattergood scored 15 points to lead Haverford.
Since dropping two straight at Trinity (TX) and Emory (GA) the Blue Jays have been on a roll as they enter this week's action having won four straight and seven of eight. Defense has been the key during the run as the Blue Jays have allowed an average of just 48.8 points per game during their last four games and five of the eight opponents have been held to 51 points or less.
Senior forward Katie Kimball (Garden City, NY/Garden City) is making a move on several of the all-time lists in school history. She now counts 575 points, 371 rebounds, 154 steals, 127 blocks and 119 assists to her credit. Already the all-time leading shot-blocker in school history, she ranks 26th on the all-time scoring list, 17th on the rebounding list and 11th on the steals list. She is the only player in school history with more than 500 points, 350 rebounds, 150 steals and 125 blocks.
Like Kimball, junior forward Julie Miller (Annandale, VA/Thomas Jefferson) is etching her name in the JHU record book with more than a full season remaining in her career. She 17th in school history in points scored (723), eighth in rebounds (526) and fourth in career free throw percentage (.774 / 171-of-221).
Junior guard Haley Wojdowski (Mars, PA/Mars Area) is enjoying the finest season of her career as she has started all 18 games and is averaging 9.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. She leads the team with 23 three-pointers and has been steady at the free throw line (.719 /41-of-57). She has scored in double figures eight times this season (all in the last 10 games) and is averaging 11.4 points in her last 10 games. Prior to this season she had scored in double figures three times in 47 games.
Senior forward Amanda Leese (Amherst, NH/Bishop Guertin) is enjoying the finest season of her career as she is averaging 10.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures 10 times this season and punched up a season-high 22 points in a 65-59 win over Ursinus on January 12. Leese recently topped the 500-point mark for her career (527), leads the team in field goal percentage (.503) and is third on the team in free throw percentage (.719 / 17-of-23).