Hopkins clinches division

Jays top W. Md. in OT

Coppin beats Norfolk St.

State women

February 17, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Senior guard Katie Fitzgerald made five of eight three-point shots and scored 17 points last night as visiting Johns Hopkins pulled away to a 67-58 overtime win against Western Maryland to clinch its sixth straight West Division title in the Centennial Conference.

Hopkins (18-5, 10-2) outscored the Green Terror 13-4 in overtime after blowing a seven-point lead in the final 2: 14 of regulation.

Freshman guard Jen Piccolomini, who hit five of nine three-pointers for Western Maryland (11-11, 7-5), tied it at 54-54 on a trey with seven seconds left in regulation. She finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Western Maryland took a two-point lead in overtime, but Hopkins came back with eight straight points to assume control. Fitzgerald put the Blue Jays on top for good on a three-pointer with 2: 56 left in OT.

Fitzgerald started a 13-point second-half run with back-to-back threes, rallying Hopkins from a 40-32 deficit with nine minutes left to a 45-40 lead with 5: 55 to go. She also contributed three of her five assists to the run.

Junior forward Jill Ibex had 16 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots for third-place Western Maryland, which remained a game behind Franklin & Marshall in the race for the second and final West Division playoff spot, thanks to F&M's 70-60 loss at last-place Dickinson.

The Green Terror can force a tiebreaker game if it tops Washington College at home in the season finale Saturday while F&M (12-11, 8-4) falls to visiting Hopkins.

Coppin State 77, Norfolk State 74: The Eagles' Kiesha Brooks had 24 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists and Javonti Jones scored a career-high 18 points to lead Coppin State past host Norfolk State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action.

With the win, the Lady Eagles (13-12, 11-5 MEAC) move into fourth in the league standings, while the Spartans (15-7, 10-3 MEAC) remain in second place.

Mitchell also reached double figures (13) in points for Coppin, which was 14-for-18 from the free-throw line.

Washington College 63, Haverford 52: Kate Bierzonski scored 23 points to power the Shorewomen (9-14, 3-9) past the visiting Fords (8-15, 4-8) in Centennial Conference action.

Sarah Chamovitz led Haverford with 15.

St. Mary's 75, Goucher 39: Felicia Harris led all players with 19 points as the Seahawks (20-3, 10-3) defeated the Gophers (4-18, 1-12) in a Capital Athletic Conference game in St. Mary's City.

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