March 7, 2009

Courtesy of Thomas More Athletics

(GRANTHAM, Pa.) - Senior guard Jayme Thiem (Cold Spring, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) scored a game-high 22 points to lead the sixth-ranked Thomas More College women's basketball team to a 57-50 win over 15th-ranked Messiah College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament tonight (Saturday, March 7, 2009) at Brubaker Auditorium in Grantham, Pennsylvania.

With the win the Saints improve to 28-2 and will play No. 2 ranked Hope College in the Sectional Semifinals next Friday (March 13, 2009) at a place and time to be announced by the NCAA tomorrow (March 8, 2009) night. The Falcons end their season at 24-4.

Senior guard Alex Gee (Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este) gave the Saints an early 3-0 when she hit her school record 243rd three-point field goal at the 19:45 mark of the first half. Messiah then went on a 7-0 run to take a 7-3 lead when Ashley Brooks made a layup with 17:12 to play in the first half. The Saints responded with a 21-5 run to take a 24-12 run when senior forward Kristen Humphrey (New Richmond, Ohio/Cincinnati Christian Hills Academy) made a jumper with 5:05 to play in the opening half. Messiah then closed the half on a 6-2 run to cut the Saints' lead to 26-18 at halftime when Brooks converted an old fashion three-point play with 35 seconds to play in the first half.

The Falcons opened the second half on a 22-16 run to cut the lead to 42-40 on an Angie Rapchinski three-pointer with 7:22 to play in the game. The Saints responded with an 8-2 run to extend the lead to 50-42 when Humphrey made two free-throws with 4:43 to play in the game. Messiah then went on an 8-4 lead to cut the lead to 54-50 on two Katie Kalb free-throws with 42 seconds to play. That would be as close as Falcons would come as the Saints went on to the 57-50 victory

Thiem was the only Saint to finished in double-figures as Gee and senior pint guard Gabby Johnson (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) both finished just outside double-figures with nine points each. Humphrey and sophomore center Nicole Dickman (Park Hills, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) led the Thomas More on the boards with nine rebounds apiece. Brooks and Rapchinski led the Falcons in scoring as they each finished with 11 points.