Hopkins gains regional final Anderson's 31 points lead 69-56 rout of Bates

Women's College Basketball

March 14, 1998|By Tom Chard | Tom Chard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GORHAM, Maine -- Julie Anderson is the only player, male or female, to have 1,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds in Johns Hopkins history.

In the opening game of the NCAA Division III women's tournament Northeast Regional last night, Anderson, an All-American, led the Blue Jays to a 69-56 win over Bates College at Hill Gym.

Anderson, a 5-foot-10 senior forward from Toronto, scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, two off her career best, as Johns Hopkins advanced to the regional final for the second straight year.

The Blue Jays (24-4) will play Southern Maine tonight at 7. Southern Maine beat Scranton, 76-72. This is Hopkins' third trip to the Northeast Regional in four seasons. The winner advances to the Division III Final Four.

"Anderson was sensational," said Bates coach Jim Murphy. "She was a force on the boards. We had no answer for her."

Johns Hopkins' experience and talent proved too much for Bates (22-4), which completed its best season and doesn't have a senior.

Anderson scored 21 in the first half, mostly on strong offensive rebounds and put-backs. She converted three three-point plays in the first half, enabling the Blue Jays to open a comfortable lead.

"We knew we needed to dominate the boards," said Anderson.

"We've played in a lot of tough games in the last four seasons. I think that helped us down the stretch," she said.

Johns Hopkins had a chance to blow this one open as it led by 17 points with 13 minutes remaining. But the Bobcats, spurred by a partisan crowd, fought back, led by sophomore guard Jolene Thurston. The Bobcats whittled the deficit to 52-47.

Hopkins went back to the inside game that had given it the lead.

The Blue Jays worked the ball to center Marahna Segers, who hit a layup. Then Angie Arnold, another All-American, who was cold in the first half, hit a jumper to make it 56-47. Leslie Ritter followed with a jumper from the corner and Segers scored again inside to make it 60-47 with 4: 13 left.

"They were double-teaming our guards, which opened up the inside," said Johns Hopkins coach Nancy Blank.

"The crowd got into it before that, and I feel we rushed our shots," she said.

The Bobcats made one more run, cutting it to six with a minute remaining. Ritter and Anderson combined for five free throws the rest of the way.

"I think we showed a lot of composure in the second half," said Anderson.

JOHNS HOPKINS -- Anderson 12-26 6-7 31, Ritter 3-9 4-8 10, Segers 4-9 1-2 9, Vaccaro 0-1 0-0 0, Nelson 0-2 0-0 0, Arnold 6-15 1-2 14, Hamilton 1-6 0-0 2, Perry 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 27-72 13-21 69.

BATES -- Rosenberg 0-2 0-0 0, McCrave 0-5 0-0 0, McLaughlin 5-12 0-2 10, DeSimone 0-1 0-0 0, Grace 0-1 0-0 0, Porter 0-2 1-2 1, Thurston 6-15 2-5 15, Dutille 6-19 6-6 18, King 6-14 0-0 12. Totals 23-71 9-15 56.

Halftime--Johns Hopkins 32-24. Rebounds--JHU 55 (Anderson 21), Bates 46 (Dutille 11). Assists--JHU 15 (Arnold 7), Bates 9 (McCrave 7).

Pub Date: 3/14/98

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