Johns Hopkins continued its dominance over Centennial Conference opponents last night, as it thumped Ursinus, 72-41, in a conference semifinal at the Newton H. White Jr. Athletic Center.
The Blue Jays (22-3), who went undefeated in league play and are seeking their second straight conference championship, will face Muhlenburg in Saturday's tournament final in Allentown, Pa. Muhlenburg beat Gettysburg, 72-52, in the other semifinal.
Junior Julie Anderson, the Centennial Conference's Player of the Year, and Angie Arnold, the Blue Jays' other first-team all-conference selection, led the way with 17 and 18 points, respectively.
Anderson, who also had 18 rebounds, one block and one steal, surpassed Sylke Knupple as Hopkins' all-time scoring leader with 1,315 points.
"I had a rough night shooting. It wasn't pretty but we always have different people stepping up at different times," said Anderson, a 5-foot-10 forward from West Chester, Pa. "[Freshman center] Marjahna Segers had another great night and it's great to see that, especially when I'm having an off night."
Segers and guard Leslie Ritter each finished with 11 points. Segers had 18 rebounds.
The Bears (16-9) from Collegeville, Pa., who bowed to the Blue Jays, 70-52, in the regular season, couldn't find the mark in the earlygoing. It took Ursinus seven minutes to score, but when it finally scored, it only trailed 7-2.
Poor inside shooting by the Blue Jays allowed the visitors to stay in the game in the first half, which ended with Hopkins ahead, 28-16.
"We weren't doing a real good job of our spacing in the first half. We were forcing it into the middle a lot and it wasn't there," said Blue Jays coach Nancy Blank, whose team is headed for its third straight NCAA Tournament playoff berth. "In the second half, we started to spread the floor more and we had more success."
The Blue Jays, winners of 12 straight, opened a 20-point lead following a steal and layup by Ritter midway through the second half and that lead grew to 30, 64-34, after a pair of free throws by Arnold.
Pub Date: 2/27/97