Stubborn JHU women oust Mules Jays dump Muhlenberg, 68-44, gain Div. III Sweet 16

March 08, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Not this time, Muhlenberg.

Johns Hopkins women's basketball team, which had lost the last two Centennial Conference championships to the Mules, got some revenge last night in a second-round game of the NCAA Division III tournament.

Angie Arnold scored 19 points and Julie Anderson had 13 points and 15 rebounds as the host Blue Jays advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 68-44 victory.

The Blue Jays (23-4) will play Bates College (22-1) of Lewiston, Maine, on Friday night at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

Muhlenberg (18-10) made 32 of 37 free throws and Jill Roth had 27 points in the Mules' 71-61 victory last week over Hopkins in the Centennial Conference championship.

Last night, Muhlenberg made six of eight free throws, and Roth scored her only basket with 6: 49 to play.

"We didn't get to the free-throw line and that's a big key for us," said Muhlenberg's Sarah Clarke, who had a team-high 12 points. "We score a lot of points that way."

Johns Hopkins coach Nancy Blank told her team last week to keep the Mules off the free-throw line. This week they listened.

"She emphasized it last week but we didn't listen," said Arnold, who guarded Roth most of the game. "We made sure that this time if they got past us not to foul."

Hopkins, which never trailed, and led 17-4 with 10: 25 left in the opening half, changed its defense from a week ago.

"Last week we were switching on defense," said Hopkins' Leslie Ritter, who had 11 points. "We had guards switching out on forwards and it caused a lot of defensive problems. Tonight we just fought through the screens and stayed with our man as best we could."

Along with better defense, Hopkins controlled the boards. A week ago Muhlenberg out-rebounded the Blue Jays, 38-29. Last night Hopkins won the battle, 52-31, including 22 on the offensive end.

"They got a lot of second and third opportunities," said Muhlenberg coach Tammy Smith. "We gave them too many chances underneath."

Anderson, Hopkin's all-time leader in scoring and rebounds, had seven of her 15 rebounds on the offensive end.

"I was more focused tonight on what I needed to do to step up my game," said Anderson, a 5-foot-10 senior. "My job was to get rebounds and to play defense."

Muhlenberg got to within five, 25-20, with 3: 37 left in the first half, but Hopkins scored the last four points for a 32-22 halftime lead.

Hopkins opened the second half with a 14-4 run for a 46-26 lead and never looked back.

"They were out for us," Smith said. "You have to give them credit. They played an outstanding game."

MUHLENBERG -- S.Clarke 4-10 3-4 12, L.Clarke 1-4 0-0 2, Sandt 2-5 0-0 5, Waterbury 3-7 0-1 6, Roth 1-6 1-1 3, Lynch 0-5 2-2 2, Krakowski 1-2 0-0 2, Drennan 1-5 0-0 2, Carney 0-1 0-0 0, Bedi 5-10 0-0 10. Totals 18-55 6-8 44.

JOHNS HOPKINS -- Anderson 6-15 1-4 13, Ritter 5-15 1-1 11, Deaderick 0-3 0-0 0, Segers 1-3 1-4 3, Vaccaro 1-4 0-0 2, Fitzgerald 1-2 1-3 4, Nelson 0-1 0-0 0, Arnold 5-14 8-9 19, Malloy 1-1 1-3 3, Carter 0-1 0-2 0, Hamilton 0-0 5-6 5, Schorr 0-1 2-2 2, Perry 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 23-65 20-34 68.

Halftime--Johns Hopkins, 32-22. Rebounds--M 31 (Drennan 6); JHU 52 (Anderson 15). Assists--M 8 (L.Clarke, S.Clarke, Lynch 2); JHU 4 (Arnold, Perry, Reynolds, Segers). A--398.

Pub Date: 3/08/98

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