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JHU tops Washington 66-46 on Senior Day

Caroline Corcoran led JHU with 15 points on her Senior Day to lead the Blue Jays to a win over Washington College.

It was a pleasant Senior Day for the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays women’s basketball team and it was Caroline Corcoran in her final game at Goldfarb Gym who led her team to a 66-46 victory over the Washington College Shorewomen.

Corcoran scored a team-high 15 points with eight rebounds in the game, but the team’s youth showed great promise for the Blue Jays as well as freshman Ellie Hepburn scored 12 points eight six rebounds and sophomore Madison McGrath had a near double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Blue Jays dominated Washington on the boards 64-44 and that sort of one-sided performance on the glass helped JHU to a 28-14 advantage in the paint and 14-6 advantage on their second chances. And by getting so many boards, the Blue Jays defensively were able to hold the Shorewomen 11 points below their season scoring average. The 46 points were the fourth fewest the Blue Jays have given up this season as they got their overall record above .500 with their fourth victory in five games and sixth win in eight games.

While JHU was in control for most of the first quarter, a 3-pointer by Ali Grundy tied the game. Then a jumper by Kristi Kozlowski put the Shorewomen ahead 12-10. With the regular exchanges of shots, the game looked like it was going to be a nail-biter until the end, but Marissa Varnado hit a jumper at the end of the first quarter to tie the game and the Blue Jays went on to score the first 14 points of the second quarter to pull ahead 26-12.

Washington College turned the ball over three times during that Blue Jays run and missed 11 shots and two free throw attempts.

Grundy finally ended the Blue Jays win with 2:24 left before halftime with a pair of made free throws. She then hit a 3-pointers to put things down to nine points. A layup by Taylor Samuels made it seven in a row for Washington, but Kenz Wilkinson secured a nine-point halftime lead for JHU with a layup in the final seconds.

Corcoran then kicked off the second half by making two free throws and McGrath nailed a jumper to push the Blue Jays up by 13 points. Grundy, who led the game wit 16 points, buried a 3-pointer after McGrath’s jumper to get it to a 32-22 score, but the Blue Jays held at least a 10-point lead for all by the first 40 seconds of the second half before Corcoran’s free throws.

JHU led by 16 points at the end of the third quarter and used a 14-point run in the fourth quarter to push ahead 61-35 with 5:11 remaining in the game. Corcoran scored seven of her points in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Jays victory moved them into a tie for fifth place in the Centennial Standings with one game remaining in the regular season. They will close out their regular season slate at Bryn Mawr on Saturday.

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