CHESTERTOWN — The shorthanded Shore ladies were unable to hold off their conference rivals from Johns Hopkins on Saturday.
Washington was defeated, 53-47, fading in the fourth quarter after leading for a total of 25 minutes.
It was a courageous effort nonetheless for underdog Washington, which was minus seven players — including starter Bridget McLaughlin (6.5 ppg) and top reserve Emilee Cramer (8.9 ppg) — due to illness or injury.
The locals slipped to 6-8 on the season after losing their sixth game in a row.
Johns Hopkins improved to 8-5 overall, 5-3 in the Centennial Conference.
The Blue Jays outscored their hosts in the second half, 30-20, which included 15 made free throws in 18 attempts.
They ended the game on a 13-6 run.
Freshman Kristin Ralston's layup with only 49 seconds elapsed in the final frame — her first collegiate field goal — gave Johns Hopkins its first lead since 15-13 early in the second quarter.
Hopkins regained the lead for good, 45-43, on Diarra Oden's 3-pointer with 7 minutes, 32 seconds remaining.
The closest that Washington's women came the rest of the way was 48-46 on a Crystal Jones jumper at 3:56.
They were kept off the scoreboard after that until Cassidy Quattro made the back end of a two-shot foul with only 4 seconds to go.
Johns Hopkins' women made five straight free throws over the final 2:27, including four in the last 42 seconds, to salt away the win.
For the game, they shot 77% from the stripe, 20 of 26.
The Blue Jays improved to 39-3 in the series. They have won the last 12 meetings with Washington's women.
Sophomore guard Oden led all players with 25 points; this was her sixth game of 20 or more points this season. She was 7-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from outside the 3-point arc, and 7-of-10 in free throws.
Emily Howie, who was 7-of-8 in free throws, contributed 14 points and Elise Moore, who was 6-of-6 from the stripe, added eight points for the Blue Jays.
Senior forward Taylor Samuels led Washington in scoring with 10 points. Quattro, Caitlyn Clark, Jones and freshman Andrea Prestianne contributed nine, eight, seven and six points, respectively. Quattro had a game-best 10 rebounds.
This was the first start for Prestianne, a career 1,000-point scorer in high school (Kennett Square, Pa.).
Clark played 39 minutes and Quattro 38 minutes of the 40-minute game.
The locals led 27-23 at halftime, taking their largest lead of the afternoon at 23-15 with 4:23 to go after a run of 12 unanswered points.
Johns Hopkins trailed throughout the third period, but closed to 41-40 after Howie, who was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second to play, made all three free throws.
It was back and forth to open the final frame, with Washington taking its last lead at 43-42 on a Samuels lay-in with 7:49 to play. Oden's three on the next possession gave Hopkins the lead for good.