Feb. 18, 2004
The Team: Johns Hopkins improved 19-2 overall and 14-1 in the Centennial Conference with three wins last week. The Blue Jays knocked off McDaniel (59-52), Dickinson (80-55) and Haverford (65-62). The Blue Jays clinched a spot in the upcoming Centennial Conference Tournament with the win over Dickinson.
This Week: Hopkins plays a pair of league games this week as the Blue Jays play at Gettysburg on Wednesday (2/18) and host Ursinus on Saturday (2/21).
The Coach: Nancy Funk (Messiah '77) is in her 18th season as head coach of the Blue Jays. Funk, who is the all-time winningest women's basketball coach in JHU history, sports a 313-141 (.689) record at Hopkins. She picked up her 300th win at JHU with a 65-59 win over Gettysburg earlier this season. Under Funk's guidance, Hopkins posted six straight trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1995-2000, and advanced to the NCAA Second Round last season. Funk, who has a 439-230 (.656) career record in 27 seasons, has also led the Blue Jays to two NCAA Elite Eight appearances and four Centennial Conference Championships.
Last Week: Johns Hopkins ran its winning streak to seven games with league wins over McDaniel, Dickinson and Haverford. McDaniel entered the game against the Blue Jays with a 14-0 league record, but the Blue Jays build a double-figure lead early in the second half and held off a late rally. Senior Trista Snyder (West Chester, PA/Unionville) scored a game-high 16 points and freshman Julie Miller (Annandale, VA/Thomas Jefferson) added 15 points and 11 rebounds to fuel the victory. The double-double was the team-high fourth of the season for Miller. She has accounted for four of JHU's eight double-doubles on the year. Hopkins secured a spot in the Centennial Tournament with an 80-55 road victory at Dickinson. Senior Maureen Myers (Waverly, PA/Abington Heights) led four Blue Jays in double figures as she scored 15 points, while Miller added 11 points and eight rebounds. Juniors Ashanna Randall (Media, PA/Penncrest) and Alissa Burkholder (Allentown, PA/Salisbury) both added 10 points as the Blue Jays broke open a 10-point game at the half to lead by as many as 36 in the second half. Hopkins ran its winning streak to seven games with a narrow, 65-62 win at Haverford on Saturday. The Blue Jays led by as many as 23 in the second half before holding off a furious rally by the Fords. Myers scored a team-high 14 points and freshmen Haley Wojdowski (Mars, PA/Mars) added career-highs of 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the way.
Myers Named To Centennial Honor Roll: Maureen Myers was named to the Centennial Conference Honor Roll on Monday for her efforts in last week's wins over McDaniel, Dickinson and Haverford. She averaged 14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the three victories. With three regular season games remaining Myers currently leads the team in scoring (10.0 points/game) and three-pointers (24) and ranks second in assists (49) and steals (48). Myers' recent efforts have also pushed her higher on several of JHU's career statistical lists. She currently ranks 12th on JHU's career scoring list (83), fourth on the career three-pointers made list (97) and 10th on the career assists (199) and steals (164) lists. She will also become just the 17th player in school history to play in 100 career games if she plays in two more games.
Randall Inching Up in Record Book: Junior Ashanna Randall leads the team in rebounding (6.8), ranks second in scoring (9.9), third in steals (36) and tied for third in blocks (15). She also leads the team in field goal percentage (90-of-184/.489). With no fewer than four games remaining this season, Randall ranks 10th on JHU's career rebounding list (468) 18th on the career scoring list (697) and 13th on the career steals list (118).
Felix Reaches Milestone: Junior Ashley Felix (Pittsburgh, PA/North Catholic) continues to be one of the most disruptive defensive players in the nation from her point guard position. Felix, who averages a team-high 28.0 minutes per game, is averaging 5.4 points and 2.8 rebounds, while leading the team with 66 assists and 89 steals. She is on pace to shatter Leslie Ritter's single-season record of 100 steals. In addition, Felix recently became just the fifth player in school history to amass 200 career assists and steals as she now has 201 assists and 211 steals in her career. She is currently ranked fifth on JHU's career steals list and ninth on the career assists list.
Kimball Leads Block Party: Junior Katie Kimball (Garden City, NY/Garden City) has emerged this season as a solid contributor off the bench for the Blue Jays. She is averaging 4.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in just under 14 minutes per game. She has also been a key part of a Blue Jay defense that is limiting the opposition to just 55.0 points per game and 32.8% shooting from the floor. Kimball has a team-high 32 blocked shots (8th-highest) single-season total in school history) and ranks fifth on the team with 23 steals to her credit. She has had three or more blocks six times this season, including three times in the last six games. Earlier this season she scored a career-high 17 points in a 65-52 win over Springfield in the championship game of the Blue Jay Invitational. With Kimball leading the way the Blue Jays have 125 blocked shots on the year. Last season they blocked 87 in 28 games.
Balancing Act: The Blue Jays are 19-2 overall and 14-1 in the Centennial Conference. A quick look at the stat sheet reveals the Blue Jays are winning with balance. Through 21 games, the Blue Jays have five players averaging 7.9 points per game or more, but none is averaging more than 10.0 points. Eight different players have led the team in scoring at least once this season and seven different players have scored 15 or more points in a game as the Blue Jays average 71.7 points per game. The following are the Blue Jay scoring leaders through games of February 14:
Player Points/Game Hometown/High School Maureen Myers 10.0 Waverly, PA/Abington Heights Ashanna Randall 9.9 Media, PA/Penncrest Trista Snyder 8.9 West Chester, PA/Unionville Julie Miller 8.3 Annandale, VA/Thomas Jefferson Amanda Leese 7.9 Amherst, NH/Bishop GuertinMore Balancing: In addition to the balanced scoring attack that has helped the Blue Jays average 71.7 points through 21 games, Hopkins has also used strong team rebounding to build an impressive 6.1 rebounding advantage thus far. The Blue Jays have six players averaging at least 3.9 rebounds per game, but not one player is averaging more than 6.8. JHU is averaging an impressive 18.6 offensive rebounds per game among its 47.2 overall rebounds per outing. The following are the Blue Jay rebounding leaders through games of February 14:
Player Rebounds/Game Hometown/High School Ashanna Randall 6.8 Media, PA/Penncrest Julie Miller 6.7 Annandale, VA/Thomas Jefferson Amanda Leese 5.9 Amherst, NH/Bishop Guertin Kelly Rumsey 5.5 Atlanta, GA/Marist Trista Snyder 4.0 West Chester, PA/Unionville Katie Kimball 3.9 Garden City, NY/Garden CityStreaks-n-Stuff: The Blue Jays have won 22 of their last 23 regular season Centennial Conference games and are 29-2 against the CC since the beginning of the 2002-03 season (includes two wins in the 2003 CC Tournament). This season, the Blue Jays' average margin of victory in league games is 20.4 points. The Blue Jays enter this week's games having won 17 straight games at home and 13 straight games in the month of February. The Blue Jays have won 16 straight CC regular-season games at home and 18 straight at home against CC opponents (includes two wins in last season's CC Tournament).
Blue Jays in NCAA Stats: Through games of February 15, Ashley Felix ranked fourth in Division III with 4.5 steals per game, while as a team Hopkins was 14th with a 32.8 field goal percentage defense. The Blue Jays were also 28th with a +16.7 scoring margin and 44th with a +6.0 rebounding margin.
Blue Jays in the Centennial: Ashley Felix leads the Centennial Conference with 4.45 steals per game, is fifth with 3.30 assists per game and ranks sixth with a 1.35 assist/turnover ratio. Julie Miller is third with a 76.8 free throw percentage and eighth with 1.05 blocks per game, while Katie Kimball ranks fourth with 1.52 blocks per game. Maureen Myers is eighth with 2.29 steals per game, while Ashanna Randall is fourth with a 48.9 field goal percentage and Amanda Leese is eighth by shooting 45.4 percent from the floor.
CC Tournament on the Horizon: Johns Hopkins clinched its 10th straight trip to the Centennial Conference Tournament. The Blue Jays missed the inaugural CC Tournament after the 1993-94 season, but have qualified every year since. The Centennial moved from a two-division alignment to a one-division alignment this season with the top four teams qualifying for the tournament, which will take place on the campus of the number-one seed on February 28-29. The Blue Jays split their two games against McDaniel this season and the top seed in the tournament will be based on the tie-breaking procedure set forth by the Centennial Conference (see the CC web site - www.centennial.org - for the breakdown) if the two teams remained tied. Only Hopkins and McDaniel can still finish as the top seed in the tournament.
Taking Down No. 1: The Blue Jays' win over top-ranked Washington University on November 30 was the first win by a Hopkins team over an opponent ranked number one in the nation in any sport except men's lacrosse. The loss was just the fourth regular season defeat for the Bears since the beginning of the 1998-99 season.