Blue Jays Survive Shorewomen, 66-61

Blue Jays Survive Shorewomen, 66-61

Four WC Players Score in Double Figures

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Chantel Mattiola hit the game-winning layup with 17 seconds remaining in the game as visiting Johns Hopkins scored a 66-61 win over host Washington College on Wednesday evening at the Cain Athletic Center in Centennial Conference women's basketball action. The Blue Jays improve to 8-7 overall and 6-5 in the conference, while the Shorewomen fall to 6-10 and 4-7 respectively.

With the score tied at 61-61, Mattiola drove from the top of the three point line to the bucket on the left side, layed it in and drew the foul with 17 ticks left to put Hopkins up 63-61. She was fouled on the layup and went to the line for one free throw and missed the shot. However her teammate, Siobhan Callanan grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 15 seconds left. She hit both of her shots from the charity stripe to put the Blue Jays up four at 65-61. Washington turned it over on the next possession and Johns Hopkins hit one of two free throws with 12 seconds remaining to provide the final margin.

In the first half, the Shorewomen led 14-13 with 11:41 to go following a three-pointer by senior guard Jane O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic) when Johns Hopkins netted the next seven points to take a 20-14 lead with 8:26 left in the opening stanza. The run was capped on a jumper by Leslie Markun. The Shorewomen would cut it to 20-19 with 6:47 to go in the half on a triple by freshman guard Maggie King (Kensington, MD/Bethesda-Chevy Chase). Britni Lonesome of the Blue Jays responded with a three of her own 18 seconds later and would ignite a 13-6 run that put the visitors up 32-25 with 1:17 left in the frame following a Callanan trifecta. Freshman center Erin Kile (Benton, PA/Benton) scored a layup, drew the foul and hit the free throw to earn the traditional three-point play with seven seconds to go in the first to cut the Blue Jays' lead to 32-28 and that would be the score at halftime.

Washington opened up the second with four straight points to knot the contest at 32-32 on a layup by Kile 1:43 into the half. Johns Hopkins would counter with a 26-10 run to lead 58-42 with 8:04 to go following a Callanan layup. During the run, Hopkins scored 10 straight points to expand its lead from 38-34 with 16:05 left in the game to 48-34 with 12:09 remaining.

With the Blue Jays up 58-42, WC went on a 19-3 run to even the game at 61-61 with 36 seconds left. The Shorewomen netted nine straight points to reduce the Hopkins lead to 58-51 with 4:48 left on a Kile layup. Following a Callanan three for the Blue Jays that put them back up at 61-51 with 4:24 remaining, Washington scored 10 unanswered points to level the contest. Sophomore guard Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area) hit two free throws to cut it to 61-53 with 3:32 left. Washington reduced the guests' lead to 61-56 with 2:13 left on a three by King. Kile cut the Blue Jays cushion to three at 61-58 on a second chance layup with 1:24 on the clock. Following two misses by Hopkins on the free throw line, Tait would drive to the hoop, score the layup and drew the foul with 36 ticks left. Tait would can the free throw to tie the game at 61-61.

For Johns Hopkins, Lyndsay Burton led the Blue Jays with 16 points, while Callanan totaled a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Katie Biggart handed out seven assists to lead all players in the game. The Blue Jays shot 41% in the game from the floor.

For Washington, Kile scored 19 points to lead all players, while Tait added 15 points. Both Kile and Tait grabbed eight boards to lead WC. Jane O'Donnell chipped in with 13 points, while King netted 10 points. Tait handed out six assists to lead the Shorewomen. The hosts shot 40% from the floor.

The Blue Jays held the edge on the boards by a 40-38 margin. JHU outscored WC in points off turnovers (16-8) and bench points (28-13), while the Shorewomen outscored the Blue Jays in points in the paint (26-20) and second chance points (12-9).

The Shorewomen return to action on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. when they travel to Westminster, MD to take on McDaniel in Centennial Conference action.