JHU women advance in NCAA opener Cabrini beaten, 66-45

23rd win is school mark jTC

March 06, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Johns Hopkins' women set a school record for most wins in a season, 23, last night with a 66-45 victory over Cabrini (Pa.) in an NCAA Division III tournament first-round game at the Newton H. White Jr. Athletic Center.

The Blue Jays (23-4) will play at Elizabethtown College (Pa.), a 69-61 winner last night over Allentown, in a second-round game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

With the victory, the Blue Jays rebounded from Saturday's 73-71 loss to Muhlenberg in the Centennial Conference tournament championship that denied them the first undefeated season in conference history.

"That was a real heartbreaker," said Blue Jays guard Angie Arnold. "Sometimes, a loss is good. You wish it wasn't in a championship game, but it brought our attention back to what we had to do. Possibly toward the end of the season, things got too easy for us and we lost our work ethic. We realized even though we were winning, we really weren't playing our best and playing as intense as we have to play."

Last night, the Blue Jays picked up the intensity, and the quickness of guards Arnold (15 points, four assists) and Leslie Ritter (eight points, five assists) proved too much for the Cavaliers (21-4).

"In the end, that helped us a lot, because it opened things up for the inside game," said Hopkins coach Nancy Blank.

In the second half, the Blue Jays took advantage of more inside opportunities.

Junior forward Julie Anderson, the Centennial Conference Player of the Year, scored 19 of her 27 points in the second half to lead the Blue Jays.

"She was cutting too deep [in the first half] and we asked her to cut a little higher into the lane," said Blank, "She was finding some gaps and we wanted her to slash into the gaps. That was really the difference. She really stepped up."

The Blue Jays' defense also stepped up.

Blue Jays freshman center Marjahna Segers (six points, 13 rebounds) did a good job containing 6-0 center Melissa Posse, who leads the nation in field-goal percentage (62.9) and ranks sixth in scoring (21.7). She finished with 13 points.

Hopkins also covered the Cavaliers' three-point shooters, who have taken over 600 shots from beyond the arc and average nearly eight per game. Last night, Cabrini hit just four of 16 attempts.

The Blue Jays are making their third straight NCAA tournament appearance.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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