Feb. 14, 2012
A Look Back
The 25th-ranked Johns Hopkins women's basketball team suffered its first loss in two years to McDaniel when the Blue Jays fell to the Green Terror on a buzzer beating lay up that snapped a seven-game winning streak for JHU. The Blue Jays rebounded and closed out the week with a 67-46 victory over Ursinus as Johns Hopkins honored its seniors last Saturday afternoon inside Goldfarb Gym.
Sophomore Katie Brooks tied the game with her first three-pointer of the season with 10 seconds on the clock but after the Green Terror missed a three on the other end of the court, McDaniel's Emma Wingred was able to get the rebound and lay it back in for the game-winning buzzer beating lay up to hand Johns Hopkins just its third loss of the season. Senior Chantel Mattiola led all scoring with 21 points and junior Alex Vassila posted her seventh double-double of the season with a 13 point, 11 rebound performance.
The Blue Jays honored their three seniors before tipoff on Saturday against Ursinus and it was Vassila who honored the seniors on the court as she led Hopkins to a 67-46 victory over the Bears to secure a first round bye in the upcoming Centennial playoffs.
Johns Hopkins shot 45.3 percent from the field (24-for-53) while holding Ursinus to just 33.3 percent (17-for-51). The Blue Jays dominated the rebounding battle, 47 to 28 while the Blue Jay bench chipped in 28 points compared to just five from the Bears' bench.
Vassila paced the Blue Jays in scoring with 16 points while pulling down a career-high 16 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. Vassila chipped in five blocks to lead the game. Mattiola added 11 points and three assists while senior Stephanie Fong chipped in eight. Brooks had a season-high 10 points.
The Week Ahead
The regular season comes to a close this week for the Blue Jays. Hopkins will host Franklin & Marshall Tuesday, February 14 in its annual WBCA Pink Zone, Play4Kay game before rounding out the regular season against Bryn Mawr on February 16 inside Goldfarb Gym .
The Blue Jays are 35-29 all time against the Diplomats and have won the last eight meetings. Earlier this season, Hopkins defeated F&M 57-46 inside the Diplomats home gym. The Blue Jays turned a tied game with 4:28 to go into a 10-point lead, 55-45, lead with under a minute left in regulation with 10-0 run. Senior Stephanie Fong closed out the game with two free throws to seal the win for Hopkins.
JHU wraps up the regular season with a host of Bryn Mawr. Hopkins leads the all-time series against the Owls 26-0 and have outscored Bryn Mawr 75-34.3 over those 26 meetings.
WBCA Pink Zone, Play4Kay
Tonight's game against Franklin & Marshall marks the Blue Jays' annual WBCA Pink Zone, Play4Kay game. The WBCA has teamed up with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to raise awareness and support for the fight against breast cancer. Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. With the creation of the Fund, Kay hoped to raise money to further cutting-edge research conducted by the nation's top doctors and medical experts. To date, the fund has raised over 4.5 million dollars for cancer research.
The Blue Jays join in the fight and will wear pink in support of the efforts and raise money through a raffle and donations at the game.
Senior Stephanie Fong currently leads the Blue Jays and is second in the Centennial with 127 assists this season, and has 309 in her career and needs just seven to tie for fifth on JHU's career list. Fong has led Hopkins in that category in the previous two seasons.
Junior forward Alex Vassila currently leads Hopkins and the Centennial in blocked shots with 57 on the season. Vassila took over second place on JHU's career block list with her two blocks against Gettysburg. Vassila now has 123 blocks in her career as a Blue Jay.
In the Polls
In a preseason vote of the Centennial Conference Coaches and SIDs, Hopkins was picked to finish second with a total of 183 points and eight first place votes.
In the latest USA Today ESPN/WBCA Coaches Poll, the Blue Jays have dropped three spots and are ranked 25th.
In other polls, the Blue Jays are the first team receiving votes in this week's d3hoops.com weekly poll.
The Blue Jay bench has accounted for 617 of the team's 1,473 points this season (41.8 percent.) Hopkins' bench is out-scoring the opposition by 15.3 points per game. Sophomore Fatu Conteh's 164 points (7.1) lead the way as she ranks third on the team in scoring.
Among the Leaders
Senior Stephanie Fong is leading the Blue Jays and ranks second in the Centennial with 123 assists. Senior Chantel Mattiola is seventh in the conference in scoring (299/13.0 ppg) and leads the conference and is second in the nation in free throw percentage (.873). Mattiola ranks fourth in steals in the conference with 51. Junior Alex Vassila leads the conference with 57 blocks and is fifth in rebounding (215/9.3 rpg).
The Hopkins defense is second in the CC in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 50.0 points per game. Hopkins leads the Centennial with a 41.9 field goal percentage (552-for-1318). The Blue Jay offense leads the Centennial with a 38.2 three-point field goal percentage (65-for-170).
Oh Captain, My Captain
Senior guards Stephanie Fong, Kat Fox and Chantel Mattiola will serve as the Blue Jays captains for the 2011-12 season.
About The Final Two
Hopkins will hold its WBCA Pink Zone, Play4Kay, game against Franklin & Marshall on February 14 before wrapping up the regular season against Bryn Mawr on the 16.
Hopkins will host Franklin & Marshall and Bryn Mawr to round out the 2011-12 regular season schedule before the Centennial playoffs. JHU has secured a first round bye and with a win tonight, will secure first place in the conference and the right to host the Centennial tournament beginning on February 24.