Jays women advance in Division III After 76-66 win, Hopkins is one game from Final Four

March 15, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

SCRANTON, Pa. -- The Johns Hopkins women are among the elite.

The Blue Jays' basketball team continues a history-making season with its first trip to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight.

The junior tandem of Julie Anderson and Angie Arnold led the Blue Jays past Western Connecticut State, 76-66, in an NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Northeast Sectional semifinal last night at the University of Scranton's John Long Athletic Center.

Anderson, a 5-foot-10 All-America forward, had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Arnold, a 5-6 point guard, added 18 points, four steals and three assists.

The third-seeded Blue Jays (25-4) will meet top-seeded Scranton (27-3) at 7 tonight for a chance to advance to the Final Four.

Anderson, who has made some individual history as the Jays' leading career scorer and rebounder, said the team's postseason success is particularly sweet because of early naysayers.

"My favorite part about it is that everyone looked at our team this year and said, 'Look how young you are -- you have two freshmen in the starting lineup,' " said Anderson. "This team wouldn't listen, and it's gone this far. We're in the Elite Eight. It doesn't get much better."

Those freshmen, Marjahna Segers and Leslie Ritter, have played key roles in the Blue Jays' reaching the Elite Eight.

Last night, Segers had nine rebounds and scored half of her 16 points on putbacks. She and Anderson, who also scored eight points on follows, dominated the boards. Kelly Hamilton came off the bench to grab seven.

The Blue Jays, who led from the 8: 15 mark in the first half, out-rebounded the Colonials, 43-36.

"The difference in the game was the rebounding," said Western Connecticut coach Jody Rajcula. "I don't think we can give up 21 offensive rebounds and expect to win."

Rebounding helped the Blue Jays hold onto the lead when the Colonials closed to within 61-58, with 6: 58 left in the game. The Blue Jays grabbed eight of 10 rebounds in a three-minute 8-0 spurt to take a 69-58 lead with 3: 21 left.

Another critical factor was the Blue Jays' defense, which contained the Colonials' three-point shooters in the second half. Amy Matthews hit three three-pointers in the first half, but Hopkins allowed just one more.

"You know who their shooters are, but you don't know how they shoot," said Arnold. "You have to get used to how to play them. We picked up on it and played good D."

The Blue Jays built their lead with a 12-0 run in the first half. Hamilton came off the bench to cap the run with a short jumper for a 29-25 lead with 7: 21 left in the half.

Now the Blue Jays face Scranton, the team that sent them packing, 75-62, in last year's first round.

The Royals (27-3) got 19 points from guard Erin Hurleman and 12 from All-America forward Jennifer Nish to beat Southern Maine, 70-61, in last night's other semifinal.

WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE--Rynearson 6-11 5-6 18, Proulx 0-4 0-0 0, Shanahan 6- 11 0-0 12, Matthews 7-18 1-3, Zapor 2-3 4-4 8, Camella 0-1 0-0 0, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 2-4 1-2 5, Morrow 2-4 1-2 5. Totals: 25-56 12-17 66.

JOHNS HOPKINS--Anderson 11-22 3-4 25, Ritter 3-11 1-4 7, Deaderick 1-1 0-0 3, Segers 8-15 0-1 16, Vaccaro 1-2 0-0 2, Arnold 6-12 4-5 18, Hewes 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 2-7 0-0 4, Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Schorr 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 32-71 9-16 76.

Halftime--JHU 39-33. Rebounds--WCS 36 (Shanahan 8); JHU 43 (Anderson 12 ). Assists--WCS 7 (Matthews 3 ); JHU 6 (Arnold 3 ). A--1,200.

Pub Date: 3/15/97

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