Hopkins women romp, advance to round of 16

March 05, 1995|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Johns Hopkins' senior-freshman backcourt tandem of Amy Dodrill and Angie Arnold came through again.

Dodrill, the senior, scored a game-high 24 points and freshman Arnold added 18 to lead the Blue Jays to a 75-58 victory over Montclair State in an NCAA Division III Atlantic Region second-round game last night at Hopkins' Newton H. White Athletic Center.

The win propels Hopkins -- which is making its first appearance in the tournament -- into the round of 16 next weekend at Capital (Columbus, Ohio), the nation's top-ranked team and the defending national champion.

Dodrill (15.0 ppg) and Arnold (14.3 ppg), the Blue Jays' top scorers this season, were coming off 20- and 18-point performances, respectively, in Wednesday's 77-67, first-round victory over Ursinus.

Arnold gave Hopkins (22-6) a lift early, scoring 10 of the Blue Jays' first 12 points and late, converting eight of eight from the line in the final 1:44.

Overall, Arnold was 11-for-11 from the line and Hopkins was 33-for-43. Montclair State, made six of 13 free throws.

Hopkins also got a lift from freshman forward Julie Anderson (12 points, 15 rebounds), who played in place of injured senior Karen Hoffman, who suffered a sprained ankle against Ursinus.

Hoffman was the Blue Jays' third-leading scorer and the team leader in steals and assists.

After Aidill Borerro's short jumper tied the score at 46 with 14:54 remaining, the Blue Jays went on a 15-2 run to take a 61-48 lead with 5:47 left.

During that span, the Red Hawks missed 15 of 16 shots from the field.

Montclair State (20-7), which upset Elizabethtown on Wednesday, did not get closer than nine points the rest of the way, as Hopkins converted its next 14 free throws.

Hopkins overcame a slow start in which Montclair State scored the game's first eight points. The Blue Jay missed their first five shots and committed four turnovers.

"Except for the first five minutes, I was pleased," Hopkins coach Nancy Blank said. "We were pretty tight because we weren't sure of what we were facing."

Said Dodrill: "We were nervous because this is the farthest we've been. This is a whole new experience. I started off with two turnovers right away."

Just as it did against Ursinus, Hopkins rallied to take the lead at intermission.

The Blue Jays outscored Montclair State 12-2 in the last 4:11 of the first half for a 36-34 halftime lead.

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