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Moss scores a career-high 38 for win

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CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss scored a career-high 38 points to lead eighth-ranked Thomas More to a 90-67 win against Franklin on the second day of the 12th annual Julie Costello Memorial Classic presented by Barleycorn's at the Connor Convocation Center.

With the win, the Saints improve to 5-0 and with the loss, the Grizzlies fall to 1-5.

Thomas More jumped out to a 15-9 lead with 13:37 to play in the first half when junior guard Stephanie Krusling made a 3-pointer. Franklin answered with a 27-18 run capped by two free-throws by Amber May to take a 36-33 lead with 3:14 to play in the half. The Saints closed the half on a 6-4 run to cut the lead to 40-39 at halftime when Moss made a jumper with 1:23 to play in the opening half.

The Saints opened the second half on a 16-2 run to take a 45-42 lead with 17:21 to play in the game on a Moss layup. Lauren DeSutter capped a Franklin 5-0 run at the 16:14 mark of the second half with a three-pointer to give the Grizzlies a 47-45 lead. Thomas More closed out the game on a 45-20 run capped by a Moss 3-pointer with 34-seconds to play in the game for the 90-67 victory.

Moss completed her fourth double-double in five games as she pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Two Saints joined her in double-figure scoring as junior forward Jenny Burgoyne scored 20 and junior guard Sydni Wainscott had 15. Senior guard Devin Beasley led the team in assists with nine.

No. 1 DePauw 74, No. 2 Washington (Mo.) 62

GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- In a battle of the top-two teams according to, top-ranked DePauw built a large first-half lead and prevailed against visiting and second-ranked Washington (Mo.) 74-62 in the Midwest Challenge championship game.

The Tigers improved to 6-0 with their 40th consecutive overall win and 59th consecutive regular-season victory, while the Bears dropped to 4-1 on the season.

DePauw shot 46.7 percent for the game and hit 8 of 18 3-pointers, while Washington connected on 41.0 percent from the floor and hit 6 of 13 from beyond the arc.

The Tigers held a narrow 36-33 edge on the boards, but the Bears led in second-chance points, 13-7. DePauw committed just seven turnovers to Washington's 12 and the Tigers converted those into 15 points.

No. 6 Whitman 77, Concordia (Ore.) 54

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Junior point guard Heather Johns scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Whitman rolled to its sixth consecutive win Sunday afternoon, downing Concordia (Ore.) on the road 77-54.

It is the fourth time in five games that Johns has surpassed the 20-point mark as the sixth-ranked Missionaries now stand at 6-0 on the season. The Cavaliers drop to 1-7.

Concordia took a 6-0 lead after a jumper from Mckenna Daly hit the mark, but the Missionaries then went on a 20-3 run, capped by a Johns three ball, to take control of the game, 20-9.

Whitman extended its lead to 16 points right before the end of the half, 43-27, on a jumper by forward Hailey Ann Maeda.

Any thoughts the Cavaliers had of making a run in the second half was quickly squelched when Missionary guard Tiffani Traver opened the half by nailing a 3-pointer to give Whitman a 19 point edge. The Whits continued to lengthen their lead as the half progressed, their largest a 34-point margin at 67-33 after a Johns layup.

The Cavaliers were able to whittle the lead down to the final margin of 23 but never threatened in the second half.

In addition to Johns, the Missionaries got double-figure scoring from Sarah Anderegg (13), Hailey McDonald (11) and Alysse Ketner (10).

No. 9 Tufts 76, Clark (Mass.) 50

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Sophomore Emma Roberson led four Jumbos who scored in double figures with 16 points as No. 9 Tufts improved to 5-0 with a 76-50 win against Clark (Mass.) (3-3) on Sunday at Cousens Gym.

Hayley Kanner finished with 12 points, Caitlin McClure had 11 and Hannah Foley added 10 for the Jumbos. Tufts accumulated a 49-36 rebound margin, led by Foley's 11 for a double-double and 10 boards in 10 minutes by first-year Michela North.

Clark had three players score in double digits led by Aretha Sullivan with 12 and including 11 from Ashleigh Condon and 10 by Emily Reilly.

As usual, Tufts showed good ball movement and control with 15 assists to 11 turnovers. Ali Berman recorded four assists and Kelsey Morehead totaled three. Moynihan finished with nine points, all on 3-pointers, and six rebounds. North added three blocks. Ten players scored points overall for Tufts.

Esther Cohn finished with nine rebounds and two blocks for Clark, which was just 1-for-4 on 3-pointers compared to Tufts' 7-for-24. Condon added two steals to her 11 points. Similarly, Clark also had 10 players in the scoring column.