Hopkins women lose, 94-79

March 11, 1995|By Marla Ridenour | Marla Ridenour,Special to The Sun

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Johns Hopkins gave Capital, the defending Division III national-champion women's team, more than it bargained for last night before falling in an NCAA sectional game, 94-79, before 791 at Mount Union College.

Afterward, Capital coach Dixie Jeffers said the Blue Jays proved big surprise. She said that she hadn't thought Hopkins' players could shoot with hands in their faces and that she figured they would fold from the pressure of her post players.

That belief may have lulled Capital into overconfidence. In any case, the Crusaders ended up with their hands full.

"I don't think we overlooked them," Capital sophomore guard Carrie Ferguson said. "We just didn't think they were as good as they were."

The score of the 30-0 Crusaders' 50th straight victory was deceiving. They led by just 73-72 with 5:44 to go, but made 15 of 19 free throws from that point to send Johns Hopkins back to Baltimore with a 22-7 record.

The triumph sent Capital into today's 7 p.m. game against 24-4 William Paterson, a 59-58 upset winner over Mount Union. At stake today is a trip to the Final Four, scheduled for March 17-19.

"I think our kids were flat, but they did surprise us," Jeffers said of Hopkins. "This is not the team we saw on tape. They were quicker than we anticipated. In the post, Lori Leonard was strong or we were as weak as there ever was.

"We missed easy shots, missed free throws, didn't play defense. The kids looked like they didn't get on the bus to come with us."

But a few hopped on board at the right time.

Ferguson scored eight points in a stretch of 1:57 to help Capital pull ahead 86-74 with 2:28 remaining. She hit just two of eight in the first half, but sank four of six field goals in the second half and all four of her free throws to finish with a team-high 19 points.

Johns Hopkins coach Nancy Blank thought Ferguson was the difference .

"We had down on the game plan that she was a 36 percent shooter," Blank said. "But we also had written down that she can get them going, hit some big ones. I think she's their most complete player."

Near the end, Ferguson and Carmen Ellis put together a 13-2 run, with Johns Hopkins managing only two free throws -- by freshman forward Julie Anderson, who totaled 13 points and nine rebounds. In that stretch, the Blue Jays committed three crucial turnovers, including two unforced walking calls.

There were some crucial calls down the stretch that changed the momentum of the game," Blank said. "Leonard came down with a rebound, turned around to throw the outlet pass and was called for an offensive foul. We don't average 33 fouls a game. We had 33, they had 16."

Four Blue Jays starters played the final minutes with four fouls, including Anderson and long-range shooters Amy Dodrill and Angie Arnold. Dodrill contributed 21 points and Arnold added 11 before fouling out with 1:08 left.

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