Feb. 21, 2012
A Look Back
The #25 Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team secured the regular season crown in the Centennial for the second-straight year with its 68-40 win over Franklin & Marshall to kick off the week. The Blue Jays wrapped up their regular season with 76-28 victory over Bryn Mawr.
The Blue Jays hosted their annual Pink Zone, Play4Kay game against Franklin & Marshall and the Blue Jays ran away with a 68-40 win inside Goldfarb Gym. Johns Hopkins built its largest lead of the game with 1:55 to go in the second half, outscoring Franklin & Marshall 6-3 over 3:07 to take a 68-37 lead. The Diplomats scored the last three points of the contest, hitting three of their final four free throws, but were held to a season-low 40 points in the loss.
Later in the week, the Blue Jays led 37-10 going into the half against Bryn Mawr and eventually went on to win 76-28.
The Blue Jays shot 45.8 percent (33-for-72) from the field while holding the Owls to a 22.9% clip (8-for-35). Hopkins won the rebounding battle, 50-21. Junior Alex Vassila led all scoring with 16 points and tied with freshman Ciara McCullagh with a game-high seven boards. Mattiola chipped in six points and handed out a game-high eight assists. McCullagh added eight points for the Blue Jays.
The Week Ahead
With the regular season wrapped up and the Blue Jays earning the regular season crown for the second-straight year, Hopkins prepares to host the 2012 Centennial Conference championship tournament, this upcoming weekend.
This the second-straight year that the conference tournament has found its home in Baltimore, MD. The Blue Jays come into the tournament winning five of their last six games, including wins over tournament participants, Ursinus and Franklin & Marshall.
The championship tournament kicks off with the Blue Jays hosting the winner of the No. 4 Haverford/No. 5 Ursinus game on Friday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. Following the first semifinals game, No. 2 Franklin & Marshall will face off against No. 3 Muhlenberg. The Diplomats and Mules split the season series with the Dips winning the last meeting, 59-54, in Allentown, PA.
The winner of the two semifinals games will square off inside Goldfarb Gym on Saturday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. for the Centennial Conference crown and earn the automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament.
With Johns Hopkins earning the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the Blue Jays still have to wait to find out who they will face in the first semifinals game on Friday. No. 4 Haverford will face No. 5 Ursinus is the first round game on Wednesday, February 22 in Haverford, PA.
Hopkins swept the season-series against Ursinus to increase its all-time series lead to 27-6. If the Bears advance to the semifinals game on Friday, it will mark the first time the Blue Jays and Bears will face off in the tournament since 1998. Hopkins won that meeting, 75-38.
The other possible opponent in the semifinals is Haverford. The Fords swept the season series against the Blue Jays for the first time in school history. In fact, the first loss was just the Blue Jays’ second loss ever to the Fords and second time the Jays fell to the Fords at home. The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 23-3.
About the Possible Opponents:
Below is some quick information on the Blue Jays possible opponents in the semifinals:
No. 4 Haverford:
• The Fords earned their first-ever berth in the Centennial tournament after posting a 17-8 overall record and a 12-8 CC slate.
• Haverford wrapped up its regular season with a 61-48 rout of crosstown rival, Swarthmore, last Saturday.
• Junior Dominique Meeks is second in the league with 62 steals.
• The Fords are 10th in the league in scoring offense (53.5 ppg) but second in the league behind the Blue Jays in scoring defense (50.0).
No. 5 Ursinus
• The Bears finished the season 13-12 and 12-8 in the conference to earn the No. 5 seed.
• UC fell in its regular season finale to Muhlenberg, 61-58.
• The Bears and Fords split the regular season series with the Bears winning the last meeting, 65-52.
• Senior Lindsay Teuber is fourth in the league in scoring (14.8 ppg) and second in rebounding (10.4 rpg) and is just one of three players to average a double-double in the regular season.
• Ursinus is fifth in the league in scoring (58.4 ppg) and seventh in defense, allowing 57.3 ppg.
How They Finished Up
The Blue Jays wrapped up their regular season atop many of the Centennial Conference leader boards. Hopkins is first in the league is scoring defense, holding opponents to 48.6 points per game and is second in scoring (64.6). Hopkins finished the regular season with the best field goal percentage (42.2) and three-point field goal percentage (37.0).
More About Those Numbers
The Blue Jays finished the regular conference season with allowing 48.0 ppg to conference opponents - that is the lowest scoring defense by a Centennial team since the 1996-97 season.
Senior Stephanie Fong currently leads the Blue Jays and is second in the Centennial with 132 assists this season, and has 316 in her career and is now tied 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 is tied atop 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 remain ranked 25th.
In other polls, the Blue Jays are ranked 25th in this week’s d3hoops.com weekly poll.
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.