Thomas More rallies past Louisiana
Long scored a career-high 36 points to keep Saints alive
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Junior guard Allison Long scored a career-high 36 points to lead 23rd-ranked Thomas More to a 94-91 come-from-behind win against 25th-ranked Louisiana College in a NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Tournament first-round game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Ky.
Louisiana raced out to an early 9-3 lead when Natasha Gottlieb made a jumper with 16:51 to play in the first half. Long answered with a 3-pointer at the 15:52 mark of the first half to cut the lead to 9-6. The Wildcats responded with a 25-7 run to increase the lead to 34-15 with 9:22 to play in the first half when Roslyn Wilmer made a 3-pointer. Thomas More came right back with a 23-12 run to cut the lead to 46-38 with 1:23 to play in the half when junior forward/center Katie Kees made a lay-up. Louisiana took a 48-38 lead into halftime when Kaeana Frank made a lay-up with 1:13 to play in the first half.
Louisiana opened the second half on an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 56-38 with 18:24 to play in the game when Kala Chenier made a 3-pointer. Undaunted, the Saints went on a 52-33 run to take a 90-89 lead with 1:20 to play in the game when freshman guard Stephanie Krusling made a lay-up. Louisiana's Melody Criswell made two free-throws with 15-seconds to play in the game to give the Wildcats a 91-90 lead. Senior guard/forward Lauren Hargett made a lay-up with five-seconds to play in the game to give the Saints a 92-91 lead and then Krusling made two free-throws with one-second to play in the game for the final score of 94-91.