Washington trounces Hopkins women

Blue Jays stumble, 78-54, against top Div. III team

January 11, 1999|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

With a chance at upsetting the top-ranked team in the country, the Johns Hopkins women's basketball team seemed to play with more fear than fire.

Rather than gunning for defending Division III national champion and current No. 1 Washington University of Missouri, the Blue Jays hesitated offensively and reacted late defensively in a 78-54 loss to the Bears yesterday in a University Athletic Association game at Goldfarb Gymnasium.

It was Hopkins' first 20-point defeat since last year's loss to Southern Indiana, which was ranked No. 1 in Division II at the time. Washington (12-0, 1-0) recorded its 20th straight victory.

"It was a matter of whether or not we believed we could play with them," Hopkins coach Nancy Blank said. "When you are playing tentatively, you're totally distracted from the game. So you don't do what you normally would do."

Hopkins (9-2, 4-2) failed to stop the ball on Washington's fast breaks. The Blue Jays found themselves ball-watching and losing their defensive assignments at times.

And the Bears, who have won by an average margin of 26 points this season, took advantage, holding a double-digit lead for the game's final 29 minutes.

Hopkins also never had an answer for Bears center Alia Fischer, last year's Division III Player of the Year. The Blue Jays threw double and triple teams at her while rotating six defenders, but Fischer appeared unfazed, contributing 25 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots.

"Alia Fischer is obviously an outstanding inside player," Washington coach Nancy Fahey said. "Just the fact that her physical presence makes a difference in the sense she's 6-2 and can use both hands. But hopefully, we're not just a one-player team."

WASHINGTON (Mo.) -- Stuber 0-1 0-0 0, Ettner 1-3 0-0 2, Tucker 4-6 0-0 8, Ruether 0-3 0-0 0, Merrill 1-3 0-0 3, Harold 4-8 0-1 8, Nolan 3-5 1-2 7, Fischer 11-22 3-5 25, Herrmann 2-4 1-2 5, Rodgers 6-9 6-7 18. Totals 32-64 13-21 78.

JOHNS HOPKINS -- Butterwei 1-2 0-0 2, Ritter 7-11 3-4 18, Deaderick 2-8 0-0 6, Segers 2-9 0-0 4, Vaccaro 1-3 0-0 2, Fitzgerald 5-10 1-1 12, Malloy 2-5 1-3 5, Sumser 0-2 0-0 0, Hamilton 0-0 1-3 1, Perry 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 22-53 6-13 54.

Halftime--Washington, Mo. 36-21. Rebounds--WU 42 (Fischer 13), JHU 31 (Segers 6). Assists--WU 16 (Fischer 4), JHU 5 (Ritter 3). A--280.

Pub Date: 1/11/99

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