BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team went 13-12 under Centennial Conference Coach of the Year Nancy Funk in 2016-17. Here’s a look at the Blue Jays’ season.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Head coach Nancy Funk was named the Centennial Coach of the Year for the second time in her career. She was also recognized by the conference in 2011. In her 31st season at Hopkins, Funk led the Blue Jays to a 13-12 record, including a trip to the Centennial Conference Tournament, for her 26th season with a winning record.
Johns Hopkins won its final three regular season games to earn the fifth seed in the Centennial Conference Tournament. The Blue Jays missed the mark a season ago. Hopkins was selected sixth in the Centennial Conference preseason poll after posting a 9-9 record in conference play in 2015-16. JHU exceeded expectations in 2016-17, finishing fifth with a 12-8 record, including regular season wins over third-place Dickinson and fourth-place finisher Gettysburg.
Sophomore Lillian Scott earned All-Centennial second team honors for her standout season in 2016-17. Scott had a breakout performance, finishing third in the conference in points per game (15.6) and three-point percentage (38.5). The guard was one of three sophomores to be named to the All-Centennial first and second teams in 2016-16 and is the 53rd Blue Jay to be honored by the conference. In 22 starts, Scott was the most dominant point-scorer for Hopkins, amassing 359 points and 50 three-pointers, the sixth-most in JHU history.
Scott was also the lone Blue Jay to earn Centennial Conference Player of the Week honors. Scott was awarded February 6 for her phenomenal performance in the 84-83 overtime victory over Gettysburg. Scott scored a career-high 37 points, two shy of the program’s single-game record. The Westfield, NJ, native scored 31 points after halftime after being held without a point in the second quarter and knocked down the game-winning free throw in over time. Scott shot 12-of-21 from the floor, including 5-of-10 from behind the three-point arc, and converted 8-of-9 free throws against the Bullets. The sophomore also handed out six assists and made three steals against Gettysburg.
ASSISTING THE OFFENSE
Johns Hopkins ranked 37th in the nation in assist to turnover ratio. The Blue Jays protected the ball well in 2016-17, ranking 16th among Division III teams in fewest turnovers with 358. Sophomore point guard Lexie Scholtz ranked 21st individually with an assist to turnover ratio of 2.18. Scholtz led JHU with 122 assists, ranking 29th with 4.9 assists per game. The South Pasadena, CA, native was one of three Blue Jays to start every game, racking up 246 points, including 20 three-pointers, 162 rebounds and 44 steals. Scholtz also recorded a triple-double in the 88-32 win over Bryn Mawr January 12. The sophomore recorded 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the victory.
Rachel Cook played in 83 games for Hopkins, including 25 as a freshman and junior. With 324 points to her name, Cook recorded a career field goal percentage of 41.5 percent. Cook grabbed 258 rebounds in her career, including 179 defensive rebounds. The Concord, NC, native posted season bests as a junior, recording 36 blocks, 10 steals, 15 assists and 187 points in 19 starts for the Blue Jays. Cook’s 36 blocked shots are tied for the 11th most in a season in Hopkins history.
Caroline Corcoran appeared in 66 games for the Blue Jays, including starting at guard in all 25 games this season and 20 games as a junior. Corcoran scored 411 points in her career, including 58 three-pointers. The Lincroft, NJ, native contributed 182 rebounds in her Hopkins career, along with 56 assists and 33 steals. Corcoran’s 84.6 free throw percentage for the 2015-16 season ranks eighth in Hopkins history. In her senior season, Corcoran tallied 259 points, 39 three-pointers and 97 rebounds. Corcoran stepped up her game in the final games of 2016-17, scoring at least 15 points in each of the final four games, including a career-high 27 points in JHU’s regular season finale at Bryn Mawr February 18.
Janay Smith played in 79 games for Johns Hopkins, including all 25 games a season ago. Smith, from Richland, NJ, has accumulated 188 points, 267 rebounds, 35 blocks, 24 steals and 23 assists in her career. As a junior, Smith recorded eight starts with 92 points, 118 rebounds and 17 blocks. Smith led the Blue Jays with 54 offensive rebounds in 2015-16. Smith also played for the Scottish National League while studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, this academic year.
The 2016-17 Blue Jays set the program record for three-point field goals in a season with 172. Scott led Hopkins with 50 three-pointers on the season, while Corcoran, Madison McGrath and Scholtz each contributed at least 20 three-point baskets on the season. JHU also set the program record for three-point attempts in 2016-17 with 517 on the season. The Blue Jays ranked 51st in the nation with a .333 three-point field goal percentage and 55th with 6.9 three-point field goals per game.
BY THE NUMBERS
.517 – Rory Cole’s season field goal percentage
1 – Centennial Conference Coach of the Year
1 – All-Centennial Conference selection
1 – Centennial Conference Player of the Week
12, 10, 10 – Scholtz’s triple-double totals against Bryn Mawr
19 – Trips to the Centennial Conference Tournament
26 – Winning seasons under Funk
37 – Points Scott scored in OT win over Gettysburg
172 – Three-point field goals
537 – Wins at Hopkins under Funk