Johns Hopkins Women's Basketball Weekly Notes
Feb. 23, 2011
A LOOK BACK: Johns Hopkins closed out its regular season last week with a 63-57 victory at Franklin & Marshall in its only contest of the week. The Blue Jays conclude the regular season at 20-4 overall and 17-3 in the Centennial Conference and enter this weekend’s conference tournament as the top seed.
Hopkins edged out a scrappy F&M squad last Wednesday. The Diplomats and Blue Jays were neck-and-neck for much of the game, until F&M sophomore Elizabeth Snyder drained three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the Diplomats a 45-39 advantage with 7:22 left. Hopkins responded with a 16-4 run following a timeout and eventually sealed the win with some strong free throw shooting down the stretch. Senior Lyndsay Burton paced JHU with team-highs of 18 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Junior Chantel Mattiola contributed 13 points, while sophomore Alex Vassila totaled 11 points and grabbed six boards.
THE WEEK AHEAD: Hopkins will host the Centennial Conference tournament this weekend in Goldfarb Gym after securing the top seed in the conference. The Blue Jays will face the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between fifth-seeded Ursinus and fourth-seeded Franklin & Marshall on Saturday at 3 pm.
I’M HONORED: The All-Centennial Conference honors were announced on Tuesday with JHU capturing both Player and Coach of the Year awards and having three players named to the all-conference squads.
Senior Lyndsay Burton was named the CC Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Blue Jay to earn the honor and first since Leslie Ritter in 1999. Angie Arnold (1998) and Julie Anderson (1997) also received the award for JHU. Burton was a second team selection a season ago and earned first team honors as a sophomore in 2008-09.
Head coach Nancy Funk earned Coach of the Year honors after leading Hopkins to its first 20-win season since 2005-06. Funk has now compiled an all-time record of 562-293 (.657), including a 436-204 (.681) mark at JHU.
Juniors Chantel Mattiola and Stephanie Fong also made their way onto the all-conference squads. Mattiola joined Burton the first team, while Fong was a second team pick. It is the first all-conference accolade for both players.
CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: JHU will host the Centennial Conference tournament this weekend for the first time since the 2003-04 season and sixth time overall. The Blue Jays will square off against the winner of Wednesday’s first round game between Ursinus and Franklin Marshall. Hopkins and its to be determined opponent will play at 3 pm on Saturday, February 26. The other semifinal matchup will feature second-seeded Muhlenberg and third-seeded Gettysburg at 1 pm. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday, February 27 at 2 pm.
HOPKINS AGAINST THE FIELD: Hopkins is 6-2 this season against the other four teams in the conference playoff field. JHU split its two regular season meetings with Ursinus (L/79-75 OT, W/72-48) and swept the season series with F&M (W/57-49, W/63-57). The Blue Jays came out on top in both of its tight meetings against Muhlenberg (W/86-75 OT, W/67-57) and split contests with Gettysburg (W/59-52, L/61-57 OT).
20-WIN MARK: With their win over F&M last Wednesday, the Blue Jays have now reached the 20-win mark for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Hopkins closed out its regular season with four straight victories, marking the third time this season that JHU has put together a winning streak of at least four contests.
IN THE POLLS: The Blue Jays received votes in both the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and D3hoops.com Poll this week. JHU received three votes in the USA Today/ESPN Poll and 12 votes from D3hoops.com.
JHU also currently sits at third in the most recent Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll, behind only Lebanon Valley (21-2) and Juniata (17-6). Centennial Conference foes Gettysburg (19-6) and Muhlenberg (19-5) are ranked fourth and sixth in the regional poll, respectively.
CONFERENCE LEADERS: JHU leads the Centennial in eight team statistical categories this season and ranks in the top-three in 15 out of 19 categories. The Blue Jays are tops in scoring defense (51.0 ppg), scoring margin (+15.6), field goal percentage (.420) field goal percentage defense (.322), three-point field goal percentage (.393), three-point field goal percentage defense (.256), rebounding defense (33.7 rpg), rebounding margin (+10.7).
Several Blue Jays are also at or near the top in conference individual statistical categories. Senior Lyndsay Burton ranks first in field goal percentage at .517 percent, while junior Stephanie Fong is tops in three-point field goal percentage at 54.0 percent.
Burton also ranks top-five in scoring (5th/14.7 ppg) and rebounding (3rd/9.8 rpg), while Fong also ranks top-five in assists (3rd/3.7 apg), free throw percentage (3rd/82.8 pct.) and steals (5th/2.1 spg). Junior Chantel Mattiola is third in three-point field goals made at 2.04 per contest and fourth in assists per game (3.5) and assist/turnover ratio (1.37), while sophomore Alex Vassila ranks second in blocks at 1.5 per game
MOVIN’ ON UP: Senior Lyndsay Burton continues to climb the JHU record books in several categories with her strong play this season. The senior has now moved into fifth place all-time in both career points and rebounds. Burton has totaled 1,307 points in her career, moving her past Sylke Knuppel (1,305) and into fifth place, while her 783 rebounds places her fifth, just past Kristin Phillips (770).
RECORD-SETTING PACE: Junior Stephanie Fong is on pace to break the conference single-season three-point field goal percentage mark (47.6). Fong has made 34-of-63 treys this season for a 54.0 percent mark.
AT THE HELM: Head coach Nancy Funk is in her 25th season at the helm of the Johns Hopkins women’s basketball program.
UP NEXT: Hopkins will face off against the winner of the 4/5 game on Saturday, February 26 in Goldfarb Gym. Fourth-seeded Franklin & Marshall will take on fifth-seeded Ursinus on Wednesday night to determine the Blue Jays opponent in the second semifinal. Second-seeded Muhlenberg will take on third-seeded Gettysburg in Saturday’s first semifinal.