Funk earns 600th coaching victory as John Hopkins topples Gettysburg
BALTIMORE -- John Hopkins head coach Nancy Funk earned her 600th collegiate victory Thursday night in Goldfarb Gym as the Blue Jays defeated Gettysburg 47-40. Funk, who ranks in the top 10 in victories among Division III coaches, now stands at 600-309 all time.
Hopkins (12-9 overall, 10-6 in the Centennial Conference) snapped Gettysburg's seven-game winning streak, holding the Bullets to season-lows in points (40) and field-goal percentage (.243). Senior Alex Vassila led the way for the Blue Jays, finishing with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
The second half proved rough for both teams from the field, but it was the Bullets who struggled most, going more than eight minutes without a field goal midway through the frame. Hopkins built a six-point buffer during the span, with jumpers from Vassila and Liz Tommasi and layups from Fatu Conteh and Maggie Fruehan. The lead grew to 10 points with less than three minutes remaining.
Conteh played strong defense for Hopkins, and finished with eight rebounds and three steals, while Sarah Higbee gathered 10 rebounds. Tommasi finished with 12 points.
The Blue Jays never trailed in the defensive battle, as they took advantage of early foul trouble on the part of the Bullets' Caroline Murphy. Gettysburg's leading scorer and rebounder, Murphy, finished with just eight points and one rebound. Jenna Swope had eight points and nine rebounds for the Blue Jays (14-6, 11-4 CC) , who were 3-for-13 from the free-throw line.
Funk is in her 36th season of coaching, and began her career as Messiah's head coach for nine seasons. She compiled a 126-89 (.586) record with the Falcons and has earned a 474-220 (.683) record in 27 seasons with the Blue Jays.