Vassila joins 1,000-point club, leads JHU to come-from-behind win

Senior scores nine straight points late in 54-49 victory against F&M

Senior Alex Vassila became the 14th player in the history of the Johns Hopkins women's basketball program to surpass the 1,000-point mark for her career on Wednesday night, scoring a career-best 23 points to lead the Blue Jays to a 54-49 come-from-behind win against Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pa.

Image caption: Alex Vassila

JHU (15-10) trailed 47-43 with about three minutes to play, but Vassila scored all nine points for the Blue Jays during a 9-2 run that put them in front. Sophomore Stacy Fairey made two free throws in the final second to close out the scoring and give JHU its 11th win in 13 games to close out the regular season.

Vassila, who had 987 career points entering the contest, scored 14 in the first half to surpass 1,000. With 1,010 points, Vassila shares 13th on the all-time scoring list with Ashanna Randall, who played for JHU for 2001-05. Julie Anderson, who played from 1994-98, tops the list with 1,944 career points.

Vassila added 15 rebounds and four blocks for Johns Hopkins, and freshman Liz Tommasi had nine points.

The Blue Jays await the pairing for the Centennial Conference Tournament and are guaranteed no worse than the fourth seed. The event begins Wednesday.

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