Blue Jays Slip Past Shorewomen, 66-58, in Overtime

Blue Jays Slip Past Shorewomen, 66-58, in Overtime

Hubley Nets Career-High 24 Points in Loss

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Visiting Johns Hopkins University rallied from an early deficit to defeat host Washington College, 66-58, in overtime in the Centennial Conference regular season finale for both schools this afternoon inside Cain Athletic Center. The Blue Jays, who improved to 17-7 overall and 14-4 in the Centennial, will be the third seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference Tournament. The Shorewomen finish their season at 7-17 and 6-12.

The Shorewomen jumped out to a 15-3 lead with 12:12 left in the first half, but the Blue Jays came back to close the gap to 27-25 on a lay-up by Ciara McCullagh with one second left in the period. 

A Liz Tommassi three-pointer with 18:39 to go in the second half gave Hopkins its biggest lead of the game at that point at 30-27. Neither team could separate itself from the other the rest of the half as a basket by Washington junior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) with 11:49 left gave the Shorewomen the only two-possession lead of the second half at 40-36. The score was knotted at 50-50 with under three minutes to play when Maggie Fruehan put the Blue Jays in front, 52-50, with a lay-up with 2:26 left. Washington evened the scored on a jumper in the pain by senior forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, N.C./Bishop McGuiness) 17 seconds later. Neither team scored for the rest of regulation, though Fruehan had two chances to scored the game-winner for Hopkins when she missed a pair of free throws with 1.1 seconds to play. 

In overtime, the Blue Jays turned a two-point advantage into a five-point lead when Alyssa Fleming hit a three-pointer with 2:21 to go. Hopkins led by at least four points the rest of the way. 

Katie Clark paced the Blue Jays with 20 points and six rebounds in the win. Tommasi added 15 points and three steals, while McCullagh added 12 points and a team-best seven boards.

Hubley scored a career-high 24 points for the Shorewomen on 9-for-12 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 shooting at the free-throw line. She also grabbed a game-best eight rebounds and swiped three steals. Fitzgerald supplied the Shorewomen with 13 points and six rebounds in her final collegiate game.

Hopkins shot just 33% from the field in the game to the Shorewomen's 41%. The Blue Jays held a slim 48-45 advantage on the glass and turned the ball over 12 times to the Shorewomen's 19.