Blue Jays' Second Half Too Much For Shorewomen, 65-49

Blue Jays' Second Half Too Much For Shorewomen, 65-49

Hubley Tallies Team-High 11 Points

BALTIMORE, Md. – Host Johns Hopkins outscored visiting Washington College, 38-22, in the second half to secure a 65-49 win at Goldfarb Gym in a Centennial Conference women's basketball game on Wednesday evening.  The Blue Jays improve to 12-3 overall and 10-0 in the conference, while the Shorewomen fall to 5-10 and 4-5 respectively.

The Shorewomen led 5-4 with 16:15 left in the first half on a layup by junior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) when the Blue Jays went on a 7-0 run to take an 11-5 lead with 14:15 to go in the first on a Fatu Conteh lay-in.  Washington stormed back with an 8-0 run to take a 13-11 lead on a Hubley lay-in with 11:34 to go in the half.  The Shorewomen led 16-15 with 8:05 to go in the first following a free throw by senior forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, N.C./Bishop McGuiness) when the Blue Jays hit the Shorewomen with a 10-0 run to take a 25-16 lead with 5:27 to go on a layup by Ciara McCullagh.  However, Washington rallied yet again to outscore the hosts, 11-2, in the final 5:27 to tie the game at 27-27 at halftime.  A jumper by senior forward Latisha Pledger (Chespeake, Va./Indian River) with 38 seconds left in the half knotted the game.

The Blue Jays opened the second half by scoring seven of the first nine points to take a 34-29 lead just 2:16 into the second half on a Conteh layup.  The Blue Jays would push their lead to nine points at 42-33 with 14:48 left on a Conteh traditional three-point play.  Hopkins led 45-40 with 11:42 left on a bunny off of a steal by freshman center Nina Haller (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) before going on a 15-4 run to take a 60-44 lead with 5:19 to go on a Conteh layup.  The 16-point lead was the biggest of the game.  Washington got it within 12 points twice in the final five minutes could draw no closer.

Katie Clark led the Blue Jays with 19 points to go with a contest-high three steals, while Conteh added 17 points.  McCullagh had 13 points to give.  McCullagh had nine boards to lead all players, while Haley Bush handed out three assists for tops in the contest.   The Blue Jays shot 51% from the floor (26-for-51), 13% from three-point range (1-for-8) and 71% from the foul line (12-for-17).  Hopkins held a 41-32 advantage on the glass.

Hubley had 11 points for game-high for the Shorewomen, while Fitzgerald corralled seven rebounds to lead the guests.  Washington shot 30% from the field (18-for-60), 17% from three-point land (2-for-12) and 58% from the foul stripe (11-for-19). 

The Blue Jays held a 36-26 edge in points in the paint, 12-2 in transition points and a 19-6 advantage in points off of turnovers.  The Shorewomen outscored the hosts, 16-8, in bench points and both teams had 11 second chance points.  WC turned it over 15 times, while Hopkins lost it 17 times.

Washington is back home on Saturday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. game versus visiting Gettysburg in conference action.  At 11:00 a.m. will be the women's basketball alumni contest.