Johns Hopkins Steals 59-54 Overtime Win From Women's Basketball
BALTIMORE – Liz Tommasi caught fire in the overtime frame for Johns Hopkins (13-9, 11-6), as the Blue Jays handed the Swarthmore College (16-4, 12-3) women's basketball team a 59-54 overtime loss in Centennial Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
With 13.7 ticks remaining in regulation and Swarthmore ahead by 49-48, JHU's Fatu Conteh stood at the charity stripe aiming for the lead, but she collected on just one shot to draw the game into overtime.
Forcing turnovers ultimately won the game for the Blue Jays, as Tommasi took full advantage with back-to-back steals and drawn fouls, racking up four points in 13 seconds, to put the Blue Jays in front 57-51 with 1:53 left in the first overtime. Tommasi finished with six points (4-for-5 at the stripe), two steals and one assist in overtime, leading the Blue Jays to victory.
Despite a three-pointer from senior Eliza Polli before time ran out, Swarthmore couldn't pull off any good shots in overtime.
Tommasi finished with 13 points, four steals and two assists and Alex Vassila added 11 points and 11 rebounds - the duo combined for all 10 overtime points for the Blue Jays.
Junior Katie Lytle led the Garnet's offense with 17 points and 17 rebounds – her 14th double-double and ninth consecutive – along with two assists, one block and one steal. She hit 6-for-10 from the field and 4-for-4 at the line on the day.
This match-up went from a slow, low scoring opening ten minutes of play to a 9-0 Blue Jays run to begin the second half – five of those points coming off of four Swarthmore turnovers in the opening 3:40 minutes of play. In the first half, JHU scored its opening six of seven points off of Garnet turnovers as well – Swarthmore ended the game with 22 turnovers.
Throughout the entire game both teams missed shot after shot followed by offensive boards, in hopes of the second chance opportunity – Johns Hopkins found this effective in the second half with 13 second chance points. The Blue Jays finished with 25 offensive rebounds, while the Garnet collected 19.
Swarthmore – after another buzzer-beating shot, this one from Jowdy – took a 29-18 advantage into halftime as the Blue Jays faced its largest deficit of the game of 11 points. Johns Hopkins led just twice in the game – once in the opening minutes and during the overtime frame.
The Garnet will return to action on Monday, February 4th hosting the McDaniel Green Terror at 7:00 p.m.