Blue Jays Take Control of Game Late in 66-54 Win Over Shorewomen

Blue Jays Take Control of Game Late in 66-54 Win Over Shorewomen

Mitchell Scores 15 Points in Loss

BALTIMORE, MD -- Host Johns Hopkins University pulled away late to win its eighth straight game, breaking visiting Washington College's six-game win streak in the process, in a 66-54 Centennial Conference women's basketball victory tonight in Baltimore.

Hopkins (11-1, 6-1 Centennial) took a 29-25 lead into halftime after the Shorewomen (8-5, 3-5) shot just 27% from the field and committed 13 turnovers in the opening period. Washington did hold a 23-16 advantage on the boards in the first half.

The Blue Jays stretched the lead to nine points at 37-28 on a three-pointer by Chantel Mattiola with 16:34 to play in the second half, capping off a run of six straight Hopkins points. After each team traded two points each, the Shorewomen went on a 10-0 run to take a 40-39 lead on a three-pointer by senior guard Sally O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic) with 12:11 remaining in the contest. O'Donnell extended the run to 13-0, draining another three-pointer to up the margin to 43-39 with 10:39 left. The Blue Jays scored the next five points to regain the lead at 44-43 on a jumper by Alyssa Fleming with 9:16 to go, but sophomore forward/center Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) scored the next three points to put the Shorewomen back in front at 46-44 on a jumper with 8:16 left. 

The Blue Jays responded by scoring the next four points, pulling in front, 48-46, on a Maggie Fruehan jumper with 7:15 remaining. Pledger evened the score for Washington with a pair of free throws with 6:38 left, but Hopkins scored the next four points to build a four-point cushion at 52-48 on a Fruehan lay-up with 6:07 on the clock.  The Shorewomen trimmed the deficit to one point, but a three-point by Mattiola that bounced off the front of the rim and in gave Hopkins a 55-51 cushion with 3:47 remaining. The Blue Jays led by at least two points the rest of the way and ran off nine straight points to build a 64-53 cushion on a lay-up by Alex Vassila  with 34 seconds to go in the game.

Mattiola scored 15 points and swiped four steals for the Blue Jays in the win. Fatu Conteh added 12 points and four steals of her own, while Stephanie Fong handed out eight assists and KaraLea Follmer brought down 11 rebounds. 

Sophomore guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross) scored 15 points off the bench for Washington, while O'Donnell scored 11 points and Pledger tallied 11 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, NC/Bishop McGuiness) also brought down 13 rebounds to tie her career high, while senior guard Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area) handed out assists. 

The Blue Jays shot 40% from the field, including a 4-for-7 performance from three-point range. Washington shot just 26% from the field, knocking down seven of its 16 three-point attempts, but just seven of its 37 two-point attempts. The Shorewomen committed twice as many turnovers as the Blue Jays (20-10), but held a 47-35 advantage in rebounds to stay in the game until the final minutes.

The Shorewomen return to action Thursday with a 6:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game at Dickinson.