March 6, 2009

Courtesy of Thomas More

(GRANTHAM, Pa.) – Sophomore center Nicole Dickman (Park Hills, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) scored a game-high 22 points to lead the sixth-ranked Thomas More College women’s basketball team to a 76-61 win over Randolph-Macon College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament today (Friday, March 6, 2009) at Brubaker Auditorium in Grantham, Pennsylvania.

With the win the Saints improve to 27-2 and will play either Messiah College or Eastern Connecticut State University in a second round game tomorrow (Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 7 p.m. at Brubaker Auditorium.  With the loss, the Yellow Jackets end their season at 23-6.

Thomas More opened the game on a 20-7 capped by a two-free throws by sophomore center Dickman with 7:04 to play in the first half.  The Yellow Jackets responded with a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 20-12 when Molly Brown hit a jumper with 6:21 to play in the half.  The Saints then closed out the half on an 18-11 run to take a 38-23 halftime lead when senior forward Aleesha Faehr (Erlanger, Ky./Dixie Heights) converted an old fashion three-point play with one second to play in the half.

The Yellow Jackets opened the second half on a 16-13 run to cut the lead to 51-39 when Maggie Roy made a jumper with 13:03 to play in the game.  Thomas More came back with a 17-9 run to extend its lead to 68-48 with 5:26 to play when senior forward Kristen Humphrey (New Richmond, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) made a layup.  That would be enough cushion as the Saints went on to the 76-61 victory.

Joining Dickman in double-figures was senior guard Jayme Thiem (Cold Springs, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) with 18 points and Humphrey with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Molly Ariail led the Yellow Jackets with 15 points.