Garnet Comeback Not Enough as Hopkins Defeats Swat Women 64-54


SWARTHMORE, Pa. – A valiant comeback fell short for the Swarthmore College women’s basketball team (10-13, 7-11 CC), as the Garnet used a menacing full-court press to cut a 19-point halftime deficit down to four points in the final minutes, but visiting Johns Hopkins (13-9, 11-7 CC) shot an impressive 14-of-16 from the free throw line to seal the  Blue Jay victory over the Garnet, 64-54, on Monday evening from Tarble Pavilion.

Junior Kathryn Stockbower led the Garnet with 15 points and 10 rebounds, good for the 62nd double-double of her career. With 10 rebounds, Stockbower is now just 12 shy of 1,000 rebound for her career.

Stockbower will look to record her 1000th career rebound on Wednedsday night.

Stockbower will look to record her 1,000th career rebound on Wednesday night.

Balanced scoring was the name of the game and four Blue Jay players scored in double-figures to propel Hopkins.  Senior Anastasia Wynn led the Blue Jays with 12 points, junior Siobhan Callanan scored 11 points while senior Monica Mitchell and sophomore Chantel Mattiola each drained 10 points.

The Garnet found itself in a big hole, down 40-21 at half, but the Garnet came out hot in the second half opening with an impressive 15-2 run in the first six minutes of play to pull within six points - 42-36 - of Hopkins.

Swarthmore capitalized on Johns Hopkins' mistakes as the Jays turned the ball over seven times in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

A 3-point play by junior Ceylan Bodur - who scored 14 points -  with 8:33 left to play put the Garnet within four points at 48-44,  but Hopkins' Chantel Mattiola responded on the next possession, draining her own three from deep less than a minute to put the Blue Jays back on track. From there, Hopkins' impressive free-throw shooting -  nine-of-11 in the final 10 minutes of play - sealed the win over the Garnet.

Senior Pam Costello played a solid game for Swat, scoring nine points and adding four assists.

Swarthmore will return to the court on Wednesday February 17 when it hosts Bryn Mawr College.  The game will be the Garnet's WBCA Pink Zone® game to raise breast cancer awareness.  Action is slated to begin at 7 PM.

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