BALTIMORE, MD - Senior forward Alex Vassila tallied a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Johns Hopkins women's basketball team defeated Washington & Lee, 47-42, Sunday night in Goldfarb Gym.
The Blue Jay offense exploded for 20 points in the final 8:25 to overcome a nine-point second half deficit. Vassila totaled nine points and five rebounds during the stretch, while Katie Clark, Jessica Brown and KaraLea Follmer provided valuable minutes off the bench.
Hopkins (2-3) opened a 15-9 lead 12 minutes into the first half, but relinquished the lead at the halftime buzzer as the Generals' Alena Hamrick knocked down a jumper to give her side an 18-17 advantage.
The sides traded baskets through the first portion of the second half, before Washington & Lee (2-2) stringed together a 9-0 run to open its lead to 36-27.
A timeout by head coach Nancy Funk changed the Blue Jays' fortune, however, as they responded by staging a 12-2 run over the course of three minutes to take a 39-38 lead with 5:26 remaining. Vassila dominated the boards inside, while Clark scored five points down the stretch to secure the victory for Hopkins.
Hamrick notched a team-high 15 points for the Generals, while Katy Wilson had 13 rebounds and two steals.
Despite being out-rebounded for the first time all season (-8), Hopkins was the beneficiary of 11 points off turnovers and 13 second chance points in the second half to capture its second win of the season.
Hopkins has just one day of rest before returning to action on Tuesday at home against Washington College at 7:00 pm. The Blue Jays hold a 26-2 advantage in the all-time series.