BALTIMORE, Md. — Johns Hopkins took control of the Centennial Conference clash with Muhlenberg early in the first half and cruised to a 67-43 victory against the Mules inside Goldfarb Gym, Saturday afternoon, to complete the season series sweep.
Senior Chantel Mattiola hit the front end of a trip to the foul line to give Hopkins (17-2, 11-2 CC) a 7-6 lead with 14:43 left in the first half and gave the Blue Jays the lead for good. With 3:16 to go in the first, freshman Haley Bush grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back up to kick off an 11-4 spurt for the Blue Jays to close out the half. Hopkins led 40-25 going into the locker room.
|Jan. 28||vs. Muhlenberg||W 67-43|
|Jan. 25||vs. Franklin & Marshall||W 67-43|
|Jan. 21||vs. Dickinson||W 56-44|
|Jan. 19||vs. Bryn Mawr||W 94-28|
|Jan. 16||vs. Muhlenberg||W 76-67|
The Blue Jay offense came out of the intermission shooting and went on a 11-2 run throughout the first 4:36 of the second half, highlighted by three layups from junior Alex Vassila. JHU continued to push its lead further and further from the Mules (14-4, 9-4 CC) and eventually lead by 34 at 63-29 with just 7:27 left to play. The Mules and Blue Jays then traded a pair of free throws to bring the score to 63-31 in favor of Hopkins before Muhlenberg began to chip away at the lead. Muhlenberg used a 12-2 spree in the final 6:07 of the game to pull within 24, but the final run proved to be too little too late for the Mules as they could not solve the Blue Jay offense.
Hopkins held the Mules to a season-low 20.0 percent from the field (11-for-55) while the Blue Jays shot 39.7 percent (25-for-63) and 50.0 percent from beyond the arch (4-for-8). The Blue Jays also won the rebounding battle with a commanding 56-35 advantage.
Vassila ended the day with 16 points and tied her season-high with 13 rebounds. Mattiola led the game in scoring with 19 points and went 4-for-7 from the 3-point line. Mattiola has hit a triple in her last 27 games and now has 140 treys in her career. Sophomore Fatu Conteh had a career-high five steals in the win for the Blue Jays while senior Stephanie Fong handed out a game-high five assists.