Hopkins women flatten W. Md. 7th-ranked Blue Jays roll to 61-44 victory

January 28, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

It's tough to muster pity for a team that has won its past seven games, as the Johns Hopkins women's basketball team had.

But the Blue Jays, ranked No. 7 in Division III, might merit a tear or two, with walk-throughs providing the preparation for their games.

Despite a night off before the new semester began to check out the Super Bowl, the wear still showed during last night's 61-44 win over Western Maryland, a game that Hopkins coach Nancy Blank described as sloppy.

"I don't know whether we were tired or what," Blank said. "We had played every other day since Jan. 2, so fatigue could have been part of what we saw today."

Nonetheless, the win helped to tighten the grip in which Hopkins (16-2, 8-0) holds the lead in the Centennial Conference.

Three players scored in double figures for Hopkins. Julie Anderson led the team with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Angie Arnold and Joy Vaccaro scored 12 and 11, respectively.

Western Maryland (10-6, 6-2), looking to mimic some of Hopkins' strengths, used pressure defense to catch the Blue Jays off guard in the game's opening minutes, which were fairly close.

According to Blank, the press caused the Blue Jays to look tentative sometimes, to make hasty decisions at others.

"This was not our typical game," Blank said. "They made us alter our game, and they made us feel that we needed to hurry."

Vaccaro hit two three-pointers toward the end of the first half, both of which helped put a little distance between Hopkins and Western Maryland.

The first, with 8: 54 left in the first half, gave Hopkins a 17-8 lead, and the second, after Western Maryland had closed within four, widened the gap to 22-15 with 5: 52 left in the half.

Up 37-21 at the half, the Blue Jays struggled in the opening minutes of the second half. Erin Murphey scored two fast-break lay-ins and two free throws, cutting the lead to 37-27 with 17: 40 left in the game.

But as mistake-prone as Hopkins may have been with 19 turnovers, the team has a knack for making opponents look worse, forcing 25 turnovers.

The Blue Jays used this to their advantage, unleashing a full-court press, leading to a 18-4 run that gave them a 58-36 lead after Arnold's three-pointer with 3: 10 left.

"We decided to go into a full-court press to put the pressure on them," Arnold said. "We made it work on them, and we got a lot more aggressive out of it."

The second of Arnold's two second-half three-pointers helped Hopkins break the team single-season mark of 92, set in 1996-97. Earlier, Arnold's three-pointer with 4: 52 remaining made her the school's all-time three-point leader, passing Amy Dodrill's 105 from 1991 to 1995.

Katie Haley led the Green Terror with 13 points.

WESTERN MARYLAND -- Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Murphey 2-8 4-6 8, Snyder 2-12 1-1 5, Swierkos 0-0 4-4 4, Bray 0-1 0-0 0, Russo 0-1 2-2 2, Haley 4-10 3-8 13, Backof 0-1 0-0 0, Linch 1-2 0-0 2, Ibex 4-10 0-0 8, Jarman 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 14-50 14-21 44.

JOHNS HOPKINS -- Anderson 5-14 6-9 16, Ritter 3-9 0-2 7, Segers 1-5 3-6 5, Vaccaro 3-6 2-2 11, Nelson 0-2 2-2 2, Arnold 5-17 0-2 12, Hamilton 2-4 0-0 4, Schorr 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 20-60 15-25 61.

Halftime--JH 37-21. 3-point goals--WM 2-4 (Haley 2-3, Murphey 0-1); JH 6-18 (Vaccaro 3-6, Arnold 2-6, Ritter 1-3, Nelson 0-2, Anderson 0-1). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--WM 40 (Three with 5); JH 44 (Anderson 15). Assists--WM 3 (Three with 1); JH 13 (Arnold 7). Total fouls--WM 17, JH 16. A--125.

Pub Date: 1/28/98

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