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Thomas More tames Cougars

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PITTSBURGH -- Five Saints reached double-figure scoring as seventh-ranked Thomas More defeated Chatham 96-52 on Saturday in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at Oakland Catholic High School.

With the win, the Saints improve to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the PAC.  With the loss, the Cougars fall to 2-7 overall and 1-2 in the PAC.

Thomas More jumped out to a 6-2 lead with 18:53 to play in the first half when junior guard Sydni Wainscott made a jumper. Chatham used a 6-2 run to tie the game at 8-8 when Jesse Hinkel made a jumper with 17:21 to play in the half. The Saints answered with a 12-2 run to take a 20-10 lead with 14:15 to play in the opening half on a Wainscott three-pointer. The Cougars cut the lead to 20-14 with 13:10 to play in the opening half when Emily Schmidt made a lay-up to cap a 4-0 run. Thomas More closed out the half on a 26-6 run to take a 46-20 lead at halftime when sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss converted an old fashion three-point play.

The Saints opened the second half on a 39-12 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 85-32 when junior guard Stephanie Krusling made a lay-up with 7:14 to play in the game. Chatham closed the game on a 20-11 run, but it wasn't enough as Thomas More won the game 96-52.

Thomas More shot 55.1 percent from the field (43-of-78) and had 26 assists, while also forcing 27 Cougar turnovers.

Moss led all scorers with 20 points. Joining her in double-figure scoring was sophomore forward Alexa Santamaria and junior forward Jenny Burgoyne with 12 points each, Wainscott with 11 and senior guard Katie Kitchen with 10. Moss also led the team on the boards with nine, while Burgoyne added six boards. Senior guard Devin Beasley led the team in assists with seven and Moss added five. Krusling and Moss led the team in steals with four each.

No. 1 DePauw 79, Spalding 53

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Top-ranked DePauw improved to 8-0 on the season and extended its win streak to 42 consecutive following a 79-53 win at Spalding. The Golden Eagles dropped to 1-5 with the loss.

The win also marked the Tigers' 61st consecutive regular season triumph and its 24th consecutive victory on an opposing team's home court.

No. 2 Hope Capital

HOLLAND, Mich. -- Two 20-point efforts powered nationally-ranked Hope to a 93-68 win against Capital in the championship game of the Flying Dutch's Post Exam Jam on Saturday.

A MVP performance from junior forward Rebekah Llorens, and a career-high 23 points from senior guard Megan Kelley led the Flying Dutch.

Hope, which improved to 9-0 overall, received 21 points and 12 rebounds from Llorens. She shot 9-of-11 from the field in 24 minutes of action.

It was Llorens' second double-double of the season.

"My motto always is, 'I get my points when the team is doing well," Llorens said, "because that means the ball is moving. If I'm open … it means we're all working together."

Kelley joined Llorens and teammate Maura McAfee on the all-tournament team. Kelley went 10-of-11 from the foul line and grabbed six rebounds.

McAfee posted her team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 12 rebounds and 12 rebounds. She also recorded a season-high seven steals.

The Flying Dutch grabbed 53 rebounds, including 27 on the offensive glass that matched the season-high accomplished Nov. 19 at Calvin.

No. 6 Washington (Mo.) 67, Loras 44

ST. LOUIS -- Washington (Mo.) led from start to finish as the Bears earned a 67-44 win against Loras on Saturday afternoon.

Washington improved to 8-1 with the win, while Loras dropped to 4-4.

Washington shot 41.7 percent (25-60) from the field in the game, including 45.2 percent (14-31) in the first half. The Duhawks finishing with 35.4 percent (17-48) shooting from the field, and were just 4-of 15 from three-point range and 6-of-15 at the free-throw line. The Bears forced Loras to commit 22 turnovers, which led to a 24-15 advantage in points off turnovers, including 11 of the first 23 points of the game for Washington. The Bears also dominated the boards, finishing with a 43-31 rebounding advantage after Loras entered the game ranked 11th in NCAA Division III with a +12.7 rebounding margin.

Gilkey scored 10 of her game-high 16 points in the first half to lead the Bears offensively. Johanson added 12 points, including 10 in the second half, four rebounds, three assists and two steals off the bench. Montgomery chipped in with eight points and season-highs of five assists and four rebounds. Senior forward Kristin Anda finished with seven points and six rebounds, while Scheppers had six points, seven rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, and three steals.