Thomas More topples Mount Union
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Senior center Nicole Dickman scored a team-high 18 points to lead No. 1-ranked Thomas More College to a 76-63 win against No. 14-ranked University of Mount Union in a NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship second-round game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
With the win, the Saints improve to 30-0 and advance to the sections, where it will play defending national champion Washington University - St. Louis next Friday (March 11) at a site and time to be announced tomorrow on the NCAA championship website (www..ncaa.com). With the loss, the Purple Raiders end the season at 26-4.
Mount Union jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 18:33 to play in the first half when Kori Wiedt made a jumper. Thomas More answered with a 5-0 run to take a 5-3 lead when senior forward Amy Stultz converted a three-point play at the 16:57 mark of the half. The Purple Raiders responded with an 8-4 run capped by a 3-pointer by Wiedt to take an 11-9 lead with 14:03 to play in the first half. The Saints put together a 17-9 run to take a 26-20 lead when freshman guard Katie Kitchen made a lay-up with 6:58 to play in the half. Mount Union closed out the half on a 14-9 run to cut the lead to 35-34 at halftime when Rosa LaMattina made a jumper with 12 seconds to play in the half.
Mount Union opened the second half on a 10-5 run to take a 44-40 lead with 15:08 to play in the game when Brittany Kilgore made a lay-up. Thomas More answered with a 17-6 run to take a 57-50 lead when Kitchen converted a three-point play with 8:53 to play in the game. Mount Union used a 9-4 run to cut the Saints' lead to 61-59 with 5:55 to play in the game when Erin Schmidt made a lay-up. The Saints closed out the game on a 15-4 run capped by a lay-up by sophomore guard Chelsea Tolliver with 2 seconds to play in the game for the final score of 76-63.
Joining Dickman in double-figure scoring were Tolliver with 17, Kitchen with 15 and sophomore guard Allison Long with 11. The Saints were led on the boards by Dickman and sophomore center Katie Kees with seven rebounds each. Kees led the team in assists with three and Long led the team in steals with two.