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Turnovers cost JHU in Centennial tournament

Caroline Corcoran led Johns Hopkins with 17 points in her final collegiate game.

While the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays women’s basketball team was ahead at halftime, 10 turnovers n the second half gave the host Gettysburg Bullets 17 additional points and led them to a double-digit loss to end their season in the first round of the Centennial Conference tournament, 79-67.

Senior Caroline Corcoran did everything she could to extend her collegiate career and hit four 3-pointers and finished the game with 17 points, but the team made only 38-percent of their shots, nearly 10-percent less than the Bullets 47.6-percent shooting.

In addition, the Bullets outrebounded Johns Hopkins 43-35, more than doubled their made free throws and outscored them in the paint 36-20.

Johns Hopkins only had three turnovers in the first half and used 5-for-12 3-point shooting to gain as much as an eight-point lead in the second quarter. That lead came on a 3-pointer by Madison McGrath, who finished second on the team with 13 points while leading them with five assists.

By the end of the first half, the Bullets were able to trim the lead down to three points on a 3-pointer made by Kiera Cesareo, but the Blue Jays were still in control with the 37-34 advantage on the scoreboard.

And with the help of four Gettysburg turnovers in the first three and a half minutes of the second half JHU was able to maintain their lead early, but couldn’t put things away. While Gettysburg coughed up the ball four times, Johns Hopkins could only take a four-point lead with 5:43 left in the third quarter on a fast-break layup by Corcoran.

After that, JHU started to turn the ball over and just 70 seconds after Corcoran’s layup, the Bullets tied the game at 45-45 and a 3-pointer by Emma Dorshimer, who made three in the game and finished with 21 points, gave the hosts their first lead of the second half; a lead they would not relinquish.

Gettysburg used a 13-3 run to take a 56-48 lead with 44 seconds left in the third quarter. Corcoran nailed a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter, but a turnover by the Blue Jays to open the fourth quarter led to a three-point play by Emily Gibbons to put the Bullets back up by eight points.

Gibbons scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to push Gettysburg ahead by 12 points at 63-51. Gibbons led the game with 27 points as she surpassed the career 1,000-point mark.

While the Blue Jays were able to make 54.5-percent of their attempts from the floor in the first quarter, Gettysburg was successful on 58.8-percent of their shots and was able to maintain their double-digit lead for most of the period outside just a few brief seconds on three different occasions.

Johns Hopkins completed their season with a 13-12 overall record, the 26th winning season under head coach Nancy Funk.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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