February 28, 2009

Jays Run Eliminates Diplomats

Box Score

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Lyndsay Burton and Kristin Phillip both scored 17 points as third-seed Johns Hopkins defeated second-seed Franklin & Marshall 75-58 in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship Tournament.

The Diplomats (14-12) came within two points with a jumper by Megan Pauley early in the second period, but that was as close as they would get. With the score 34-32 in favor of the Blue Jays (14-12), John Hopkins went on a 16-point run. The Diplomats never came closer than 14 points.

Burton had four points and two assists during the run and ended the night shooting 50 percent from the floor with three assists. Phillips scored eight straight points midway through the second period, knocking down two treys and hitting a jumper from the floor. She played 35 minutes and went 8-16 from the floor.

Hopkins had five players with double digit scoring. In addition to Burton and Phillip, Caitlin Sloane added 12 points, Stephanie Fong scored 11 points and Anastasia Wynn contribute 10 points for the Blue Jays.

F&M started out with a four-point lead early, but Wynn’s jumper with 17:35 in the first put the Blue Jays up two and they never trailed after that. The Diplomats did manage a six point run, all scored by Sarah Meinenberg, midway thought the first to tie the game at 19-19 with 5:20 left in the period.

Meinenberg led all scorers with 32 points going 9-18 from the field and 12-13 from the charity stripe. She played all 40 minutes of the game and added three steals and six rebounds. Meisenberg reached a milestone with 1,529 career points ranking her No. 5 in all-time scoring for the Diplomats. She finished her career as only the fifth CC player to reach the 1,500-point, 500-rebound plateau.

Johns Hopkins will face host Muhlenberg tomorrow at 2:00pm for the Centennial Conference Championship. The Blue Jays have a chance to make history with a victory, making it their fifth conference title.