Hopkins women gain final

Segers, Malloy lead way to 74-49 Centennial win

February 25, 1999|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

The Johns Hopkins women's basketball team is showing the Centennial Conference that it's not ready to relinquish the dominant role it's held for the last four years.

Hopkins (21-4) administered its latest court lecture on this topic last night, gliding to a 74-49 win over visiting Washington College (15-9) in the Centennial Conference semifinals, a contest more one-sided than the score indicated.

Marjahna Segers and Molly Malloy recorded double doubles to lead four players in double figures for Hopkins, which moves on to meet Muhlenberg for the championship Saturday. The Blue Jays are hoping to exact revenge on a team that has defeated them in the last two conference title games.

"We plan to go up there and celebrate on their floor this year," Hopkins coach Nancy Blank said. "We want it badly."

Washington coach Lanee Cole-Smith -- her team led by Kate Bierzonski's 12 points -- said that Blank and Johns Hopkins should get their wish this year, if last night was any indication. Her team hung in with the Blue Jays for about five minutes, then got outscored 23-6 on the way to a 35-17 halftime deficit.

"Hopkins is the better team, but Muhlenberg is extremely hard to beat at home," Cole-Smith said, weighing the options. "It's a very good matchup, but I'm going to go with Hopkins."

As the season started in November, the Blue Jays seemed vulnerable. Though they made it to the NCAA tournament last year, they lost the last two Players of the Year in the Centennial Conference, Julie Anderson (1997) and Angie Arnold (1998).

Segers, who finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds -- complemented by Malloy's 13 points and 11 rebounds -- said the diminished expectations disappeared as the wins mounted.

"Others looked down on us and a lot of us thought that we would do just OK," said Segers. "But once we started winning games and saw what was possible, we started to get our confidence back as a team."

WASHINGTON COLLEGE -- Kilroy 3-10 0-0 8, Zeng 0-6 9-10 0, Schlamp 0-2 0-1 0, Lomax 4-11 0-0 10, Bierzonski 5-12 1-3 12, Morehead 2-3 0-2 4, Robbisn 0-1 0-0 0, Britton 3-15 0-1 6. Totals 17-60 5-21 49.

JOHNS HOPKINS -- Butterwei 0-1 0-0 0, Ritter 4-15 3-4 11, Deaderick 0-2 0-0 0, Segers 8-17 0-0 16, Vaccaro 4-5 1-1 11, Fitgerald 2-8 0-0 6, Guoz 0-0 2-2 2, Kincaid 0-1 0-0 0, Malloy 6-10 1-2 13, Edobor-Osula 1-1 2-4 4, Mack 0-0 0-2 0, Sumser 1-2 0-0 2, Carter 0-1 0-0 0, Hamilton 1-6 2-2 4, Schorr 2-5 1-2 5. Totals 29-74 74.

Halftime--Johns Hopkins 35-17. Rebounds--W 36 (Bierzonski 9); J 59 (Segers 14). Assists--W 11 (Lomax 4); J 16 (Ritter 3, Vaccaro 3, Fitzgerald 3). A--199.

Pub Date: 2/25/99

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