Shorewomen Record History Making Win At Hopkins, 53-51

Shorewomen Record History Making Win At Hopkins, 53-51

Team Records First-Ever Victory At Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE, MD – Freshman guard Ashley Espinosa (Reading, PA/Governor Mifflin) had game-highs of 14 points and three assists as visiting Washington College downed host Johns Hopkins for the first-time ever at Goldfarb Gymnasium, 53-51, in Centennial Conference women's basketball action on Tuesday night.   The Shorewomen improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while the Blue Jays drop to 2-4 and 0-2 respectively.

It was the first time the Shorewomen have won over the Blue Jays as the visiting team in 16 tries.  The Shorewomen are 4-0 for the first time since 1994-95 and 2-0 in conference play for the first time ever.

After a free throw by Espinosa gave the Shorewomen a 50-43 lead with 2:31 remaining in the ballgame, Hopkins' Alex Vassila converted a layup to cut the lead to 50-45 with 2:17 left.  Espinosa answered with a bucket of her own on a jumper to make it 52-45 with 2:00 left in the second half.  Vassila however countered with a jumper nine seconds later to trim the lead to 52-47.  Vassila continued the Blue Jays charge with a layup with 1:32 remaining to reduce Washington's lead to 52-49.  After a turnover by the Shorewomen with 57 seconds left, the Blue Jays had a chance to either tie the game or trim the lead to one point.  Vassila missed a jumper, but teammate Stacy Fairey got the rebound.  However, the Blue Jays turned it over and WC got the ball back with 13 ticks left.  However, WC turned it with 10 seconds remaining over and Fairey stole the ball and a layup by Liz Tommasi with six seconds left on a Fairey assist to trim the WC lead to 52-51.  Fairey stole the ball again and had a chance to put the hosts ahead but her jumper was off the mark and junior guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross) was fouled by Fairey.  Mitchell made the second free throw with three seconds left to make it a 53-51 game.  Hopkins' last chance was a three-pointer by Fairey, but her shot was no good and the Shorewomen picked up their first-ever victory at Goldfarb Gymnaisum.

In the first half, the Blue Jays took a 9-5 lead on a Fairey layup just 4:01 into the ballgame.  Washington would respond with a 10-2 run to take a 15-11 lead with 10:36 left in the half on a layup by junior guard Claire Mattox (Arlington, VA/Potomac School).  During the run, Washington took its first lead of the game at 10-9 on a traditional three-point play by freshman guard Dee Maddox (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Collegiate) with 14:05 remaining in the first.  The Shorewomen took their first eight-point lead of the game at 27-19 with 4:30 left in the first on a Mattox jumper.  Washington would take a 31-25 lead into halftime.  In the first half, WC shot 44% from the floor and held Hopkins to just 29% shooting from the field. 

In the second half, Washington led 34-27 with 15:49 left in the game on a free throw by senior center Erin Kile (Benton, PA/Benton Area) before Johns Hopkins went on a 9-0 run to take a 36-34 lead with 13:07 remaining on a KaraLea Follmer jumper.  The hosts tied the game at 34-34 on a three-pointer by Alyssa Fleming with 14:04 left in the second.  The Blue Jays led 38-37 with 12:31 to go on a Ciara McCullagh layup before the Shorewomen scored the next six points to grab a 45-38 lead with 7:20 left on a fast-break lay-in by Espinosa.  Washington held Hopkins scoreless for 7:58 before Fatu Conteh made a fast-break layup with 4:33 left to cut the WC lead to 45-40.  The hosts cut the lead to 45-42 with 3:59 left on a layup by Liz Tommasi leading to a timeout by the guests.  Espinosa would push the lead back to five, 47-42, with a pair of free throws with 3:31 left. 

Junior forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, NC/Bishop McGuiness) had 11 rebounds to lead all players and tied for game-high in blocks with three, while fellow classmate, forward Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) had 10 boards.  The Shorewomen shot 35% from the floor (19-for-55) and 75% from the foul line (15-for-20).  WC did not make a three-pointer in 13 chances.

Vassila had 11 points to lead the hosts, but did it on 4-for-18 shooting.  She tied Fitzgerald for tops in the contest with three blocks.  McCullagh had a team-best seven boards, while Fairey had a game-topping four steals.  The hosts held a 43-42 edge on the boards, while shooting 30% (19-for-64) from the floor.  Hopkins made one three-pointer in six tries (17%) and shot 60% (12-for-20) from the free throw line.

Hopkins had a 17-13 edge in points off turnovers, a 12-8 cushion in second chance points and a 32-30 edge in points in the paint.  WC had a six of the game's 10 transition points.

The Shorewomen return to the court on Saturday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. home game in conference play versus Muhlenberg.