Nov. 20, 2007
Week in Review:
Hopkins opened the 2007-08 season by hosting the Mike Durgala Memorial Tournament. The Blue Jays got a win in the opener 79-65 against Wesley College. Hopkins had five players score in double figures in the contest including four starters. That group was led by senior Andrea Dodrill who posted her first double-double of the year with 15 points and tied a career-high with 16 rebounds.
In the championship game of the tournament, FDU-Florham used a 16-0 run in the second half to win 68-56 over the Blue Jays. Hopkins was once again led by its inside tandem of junior Kristin Phillips and Dodrill. Phillips had 18 points while Dodrill posted her second double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Planning for the Week Ahead:
Hopkins has just one game on its schedule this week, traveling to Messiah on Tuesday night. The Falcons, who are ranked 11th in the WBCA preseason poll are coming off a pair of wins in their season opening tournament.
The last time these two squads met was during the 2003 season in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Messiah won that game 86-60 behind a strong second half.
Senior forward Andrea Dodrill got her season off to a good start by posting a double-double in both games. Dodrill had 15 points and 16 rebounds in the season opener against Wesley. The 16 boards tied a career-high for Dodrill. She then followed that up with 15 points and 13 rebounds against FDU-Florham. Dodrill is averaging 15 points and 14.5 rebounds in two games.
Have I seen you before?:
Head coach Nancy Funk has connections with Tuesday night's contest. Not only did Funk attend Messiah College but she coached at Messiah prior to coming to Hopkins. Funk compiled a 126-89 record in nine seasons as the leader of the Falcons.
18 Straight and Counting:
Saturday's 79-65 victory over Wesley saw Hopkins win its 18th straight season opener under Coach Funk. The last time the Blue Jays lost a season opener under Funk was a 76-70 loss to Chicago to start the 1989-90 season.
Cleaning the Boards:
Just two games into the regular season and the Blue Jays are picking up where they left off when it comes to rebounding. Last season Hopkins led not only the Centennial Conference but the nation in rebounding margin at +12.7. The Centennial Conference statistics were released on Monday and Hopkins is once again at the top of the rebounding margin at +15 through two games.
Dishing Out the Helpers:
Junior guard Caitlin Sloane has 10 assists to her credit in two games this season. Sloane is currently ranked second in the Centennial entering this week averaging five assists per game.
Freshman Stepping Up:
Freshman forward Lyndsay Burton is taking advantage of her chances early for the Blue Jays. Burton is tied for third on the team with 8.0 points per game. She is also averaging 4.5 rebounds per game after the first two contests.
Ranking in the Centennial Stats:
Several Blue Jays rank high in the Centennial Conference statistics. Senior Andrea Dodrill currently leads the league in rebounding as she is averaging 14.5 boards per game. Dodrill and junior Kristin Phillips are tied for 10th in scoring with 15.0 points per game. Junior Caitlin Sloane is second in assists (5 per game) and fourth in assist to turnover ratio (3.33).
Senior Andrea Dodrill was named to the Centennial Conference Honor Roll on Monday. Dodrill posted a double-double in each of the first two games including tieing her career-high with 16 rebounds against Wesley. Dodrill enters Tuesday's game at Messiah averaging 15 points and 14.5 rebounds this season.
From Behind the Arc:
Hopkins is currently tied for first in the Centennial as the Blue Jays are averaging eight three-pointers per game. Three different Blue Jays have hit four threes on the season. That group includes Kristin Phillips, Jonay Foster and Caitlin Sloane. Sophomore Britni Lonesome has hit three from behind the arc this season as well.
On the Road Again:
Tonight marks the first of two straight road games for the Blue Jays. Hopkins plays six of its next seven contests away from Goldfarb Gymnasium. Hopkins went 6-6 on the road last year and will look to better that number starting tonight.