Blue Jays Down Shorewomen, 66-55

Blue Jays Down Shorewomen, 66-55

Hubley Tallies Career-Best and Game-High 25 Points In Career Finale

BALTIMORE, Md. – Host Johns Hopkins got a team-best 16 points off the bench from Katie Clark in a 66-55 win over visiting  at Goldfarb Gymnasium in a Centennial Conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon.  The Blue Jays, who will participate in the Centennial Conference Tournament, conclude the regular season at 16-8 overall and 13-5 in the Centennial, while the Shorewomen end their season at 9-16 and 5-13 respectively.

In the first half the teams were tied at 20-20 with 6:41 left following a layup by Washington junior Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) when Johns Hopkins went on a 9-2 run to take a 29-22 lead with 2:56 remaining on a bunny by Ciara McCullagh.  The Shorewomen would score the next six points to trim the Blue Jays' lead to 29-28 with 1:40 left on a three-pointer by senior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin), but the Blue Jays answered with the final four points of the first to take a 33-28 lead into halftime on a second-chance layup by Clark to beat the buzzer.

Johns Hopkins led 35-32 with 16:40 to go in the second when they went on an 8-1 run to take a 43-33 lead with 13:17 remaining on a Rachel Cook free throw.  Hubley would answer with back-to-back layups to ignite an 8-4 spurt that cut the Blue Jays lead to 47-41 with 11:25 remaining on a lay-in by senior guard Jackie O'Connell (Northampton, Pa./Northampton Area).  The hosts however would take control of the game with a 12-0 run to take a 59-41 lead with 8:02 to go on a Stacy Fairey bucket.  The 18-point lead was the biggest in the game for the Blue Jays.  The closest the Shorewomen would get the rest of the way was 10 points at 61-51 with 3:37 to go on two Hubley free throws.

Joining Clark is double figures for Johns Hopkins were McCullagh and Beatriz Williams with 11 points each, while Maggie Fruehan pulled down seven rebounds to tie for game-high.  Clark and Liz Tommasi each handed out a contest-best four assists.  Clark, Tommasi, Williams and Haley Bush all had a pair of steals.  The Blue Jays, who held a 50-34 advantage on the boards, shot 37% from the floor (23-for-62), 33% from three-point range (5-for-15) and 75% from the foul line (15-for-20).

Hubley, playing in her final collegiate basketball game, scored a personal-high 25 points to lead all players and tied for game-best in rebounds with seven.  Hubley scored 15 of the team's final 23 points in the ballgame.  Kendall added 11 points, while O'Connell passed out a team-best three assists.  Hubley and O'Connell each had a pair of steals.  The Shorewomen shot 32% from the floor (19-for-60), 25% from behind the arc (4-for-16) and 87% from the foul line (13-for-15).

Washington committed just 12 turnovers, while Hopkins had 13 with the Blue Jays outscoring the Shorewomen 14-12 in points off of turnovers.  The hosts outscored the guests in second-chance points (22-4), bench points (40-9) and points in the paint (32-24), while the guests held the edge in fast-break points (6-2). 

In addition to Hubley, today also marked the final collegiate game for O'Connell.  Both are two-sport athletes at Washington College with Hubley set to join the women's lacrosse team next week, while O'Connell played field hockey this past fall for the Shorewomen.