CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – Sixth-ranked and top-seeded Thomas More won its seventh consecutive Presidents’ Athletic Conference title with a 72-59 win against third-seeded Washington & Jefferson on Saturday in the tournament championship game at the Connor Convocation Center.
The Saints improved to 27-1. The Presidents fell to 20-8.
W&J took an early 5-2 lead when Chelsea Apke made a 3-pointer with 18:20 to play in the game. Thomas More answered with a 21-6 run to build a 23-11 lead with 6:31 to play in the first half when senior guard Katie Kitchen made two free throws. The Presidents closed out the half on a 14-7 run to cut the lead to 30-25 at halftime when Alexa DelGreco made a 3-pointer with 47 seconds to play in the half.
Thomas More opened the second half on a 7-0 run to extend the lead to 37-25 with 18:48 to play when Kitchen made a 3-pointer. The Presidents answered with a 21-10 run to cut the lead to 47-46 with 7:53 to play in the game when Valerie Dunlap made a jumper. That would be as close as W&J would come as Thomas More closed out the half on a 25-13 run capped by two free throws by senior guard Allison Long with 34 seconds to play in the game.
Long lead all scorers with 25 points, while Kitchen joined in in double-figure scoring with 10 points. Junior forward Moriah Corey led the team on the boards with seven rebounds, while Long led the team in assists with five, steals with six and blocks with two.