Hopkins rides double threat at guard

March 10, 1995|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Johns Hopkins senior Amy Dodrill possesses all the qualities one would expect of a point guard: She's an excellent ballhandler, good passer and a team leader.

But Dodrill is also a shooter, holding every school record for three-point field goals.

Enter freshman Angie Arnold.

The addition of Arnold, a true point guard, allowed Hopkins coach Nancy Blank to move Dodrill to shooting guard.

Sparked by the senior-freshman backcourt combination, the Blue Jays have put together their most successful season.

Hopkins (22-6) has set a school record for victories in a season and has advanced to the round of 16 in its first appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Blue Jays will play at top-ranked and defending national champion Capital (Ohio) tonight at 6.

Dodrill leads the team in scoring (15.3) and three-pointers (44) and also averages 3.4 assists and 2.5 steals. She is third on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,183 points.

Arnold is second in scoring (14.5), three-pointers (27) and assists (4.1).

Blank couldn't have planned it any better.

"We had the luxury to move Amy to the two spot because she's a goodshooter when she has time to set up," Blank said. "I knew Angie as a high school player [at Pennsylvania's Lancaster Catholic], so I haven't been surprised by what she's done."

Having two capable ballhandlers who also are scoring threats adds a unique dimension to the Blue Jays' offense.

"In certain offenses, we run Amy at the point," Blank said. "It's certainly helped us in terms of our running game."

Said Dodrill: "Sometimes it freaks teams out. They expect one person tobring the ball down and we have three people who can handle it."

The other member of the Blue Jays' three-guard offense is senior Karen Hoffman.

Hoffman (12.9 ppg), the team leader in assists (5.6) and steals (3.6), went down with a sprained right ankle during the first half of Hopkins' first-round win over Ursinus on March 1. She did not play against Montclair State on Saturday, but she is expected to get into tonight's game.

With Hoffman out, both Dodrill and Arnold responded by raising their games. In the two tournament victories, Dodrill and Arnold averaged 22 and 18 points, respectively.

"It's not just one individual, everyone has had to step up," Dodrill said.

Indeed. Freshman forward Julie Anderson took Hoffman's place

in the starting lineup against Montclair State and responded with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Blank also cited junior forward Amelia Mikula (St. Mary's) for doing the intangibles and junior center Lori Leonard, who had 29 rebounds in the two tournament games.

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