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DIII: Four Saints reach double figures as Thomas More beats W&J

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Four Saints reached double-figure scoring on Saturday as Thomas More defeated Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) rival Washington & Jefferson 96-62 at the Henry Memorial Center.

With the win, the Saints improve to 11-0 overall and 4-0 in the PAC. With the loss, the Presidents' fall to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the PAC.

W&J took an early 7-4 lead on a Valerie Dunlap lay-up with 18:43 to play in the first half. The Saints answered with a 17-4 run to build a 21-11 lead with 13:06 to play in the half when sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss made a jumper. The Presidents answered with a 4-0 run capped by a Dunlap jumper with 10:21 to play in the half to cut the lead to 21-15. Thomas More closed out the half on a 31-14 run to take a 52-29 halftime lead when Moss converted an old fashion three-point play with five-seconds to play in the half.

The Presidents opened the second half on an 11-6 run to cut the lead to 58-40 with 16:05 to play in the game when Alexa DelGreco made a three-pointer. That would be as close as W&J would come as Thomas More closed out the game on a 38-22 run for the 96-62 win.

No. 1 DePauw 87, Hiram 52

HIRAM, Ohio -- For the opening 20 minutes, top-ranked DePauw and Hiram battled through a close first half, but the second half belonged to the Tigers as the guests rolled to an 87-52 North Coast Athletic Conference victory against the Terriers.

The Tigers improved to 12-0 overall and 3-0 in the NCAC with their 46th consecutive win, while the Terriers dropped to 4-9 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

DePauw never trailed on the way to its 65th consecutive regular season victory, but the margin was just 10 at 37-27 at the intermission.

In the opening two minutes of the second half, Hiram trimmed the lead to 41-33, but DePauw took over by scoring the next 24 points in an eight-minute stretch. During the run, Savannah Trees scored nine and Alex Gasaway six as the Tigers hit 10 of 13 from the floor.

Lauren Abendroth led the Tigers with a career-high 18 points as she knocked in four-of-five three-pointers. Trees followed with 17 with Gasaway and Alison Stephens each chipping in 13. Stephens paced DePauw with seven rebounds as the Tigers held a 41-23 edge on the boards. Ali Ross handed out a career-best seven assists.

No. 2 Washington (Mo.) 80, Webster 47

ST. LOUIS -- Washington (Mo.) had four players score in double figures and forced a season-high 29 turnovers as the Bears closed non-conference play with an 80-47 win against Webster on Saturday afternoon.

After leading by 13 at halftime, Washington U. went 6-of-6 from three-point range in the first nine minutes of the second half to break the game open. The Gorloks cut the lead to 38-29 with 18:11 remaining, but senior guard Lucy Montgomery and junior guard Maddy Scheppers hit back-to-back three-pointers to start a 22-3 run for the Bears that gave them a 60-32 lead with 11:33 left. The decisive run included two more threes by Montgomery and a pair of triples by junior forward Melissa Gilkey. A layup by sophomore guard Amanda Martinez gave Washington U. its largest lead of the game at 76-42 with 6:00 on the clock, before the Bears finished with the 80-47 win.

No. 4 Whitman 78, Pacific 58

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Sarah Anderegg scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Whitman rolled past Pacific 78-58 in a Northwest Conference matchup this at Stoller Center.

The victory kept the Missionaries undefeated record intact at 11-0 and improved their NWC mark to 2-0. The Boxers fall to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in conference.

Pacific jumped out to an early 7-1 lead when Olivia Cook converted a layup but Whitman then went on a 9 to 2 run to capture the lead 10-9 and was never headed. The Missionaries quickly extended the lead to six 17-11 on a Hailey Ann Maeda layup with 10:24 remaining in the half. The margin grew to fourteen with a bucket by Heather Johns but the Boxers responded with two hoops and the Missionaries settled for a 10-point lead at intermission.

Whitman, who shot 47 percent from the field, continued to control the tempo in the second half, and outside of the first three minutes of the second stanza, enjoyed a double-digit lead the rest of the way. The widest margin was 22 points with 2:31 remaining, courtesy of a Johns' layup.

Overtone-Mayorga who tallied 18. Cook added 11 and Sarah Curl tossed in 8 for the Boxers.

Johns finished up with 16 and Tiffani Traver added 13 -- nine from downtown -- to account for the Missionaries who scored in double-figures.

Whitman won the rebounding edge 43 to 33 with 16 coming on the offensive end.

No. 5 Hope 82, Trine 38

ANGOLA, Ind. -- Guard Megan Kelley scored a game-high 17 points and forward Maura McAfee added a double-double as Hope won at Trine 82-38 on Saturday.

McAfee contributed 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. It was her fifth double-double of the season.

The Flying Dutch improved to 12-0 overall and 4-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play.

Hope played its first game since Dec. 21 and its first game without its leading scorer — injured junior forward Rebekah Llorens.

The Flying Dutch cruised to a 49-17 halftime lead as Kelley scored 13 points and McAfee eight. Kelley shot 5-of-9 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line, while McAfee made 4-of-8 field-goal attempts.

Freshman guard/forward Elizabeth Perkins chipped in a collegiate-high 13 points off the bench.

No. 7 Tufts 74, Regis (Mass.) 56

WESTON, Mass. -- Tufts defeated Regis (Mass.) 74-56 in a non-conference contest on Saturday afternoon. The Jumbos move to a perfect 10-0 on the season with the win, while the Pride fall to 6-4 overall.

Regis won the rebounding battle 37-34, but the Jumbos forced 16 Pride turnovers, converting those into 13 points, while also holding a 24-18 advantage in points in the paint. Tufts shot 27 of 62 from the field that included nine three pointers on the day. Regis shot 18 of 48 from the floor, while hitting 3 of 7 triples and connecting on 17 of 21 free throws.

Marro led the Pride with 14 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Hawkesworth just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Claire Ramonas added 10 points and five rebounds in the setback. Taylor Bunkley added seven rebounds.

The Jumbos were led by 15 points and five assists from Kelsey Morehead.

No. 8 Wisconsin-Whitewater 73, Wisconsin-River Falls 62

RIVER FALLS, Wis. -- The Warhawks defeated Wisconsin-River Falls 73-62 on the road Saturday afternoon. UW-W is unbeaten in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play so far this season, 3-0, and 9-3 overall. The Falcons are 3-9 and 2-2 in league play.

UW-Whitewater took an early lead in the game going ahead 11-5 with 14:33 left in the half. UW-RF rallied back to tie the score at 13-13 with 12:07 showing on the clock. The Warhawks scored 11 of the next 14 points, six off the hot hand of Kaitlyn Thill from long range, to take a 24-16 lead with 8:00 remaining the half. The eight point lead was the largest margin in the half for UW-W. The Falcons scored the last bucket of the half to send the teams into intermission with Whitewater leading 31-28.

River Falls shot 57 percent from the field in the first half compared to Whitewater's 36 percent to keep the game close.

No. 9 St. Thomas (Minn.) 100, Carleton 46

ST. THOMAS, Minn. -- Senior forward Taylor Young had 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead five Tommies scoring in double figures in St. Thomas’ (Minn.) 100-46 victory against visiting Carleton in Saturday’s MIAC play at Schoenecker Arena.

The 11 3-pointers and 100 points were both the program’s most since UST sank a school-record 16 en route to a 102-40 win against St. Mary’s (Minn.) in December 2008.

The Toms shot 57 percent from the floor and made 11 of 17 from 3-point range as they pushed their season win streak to eight. They compiled a 55-13 advantage in bench points, as 12 players scored.

Elaine Warner had 14 points and five rebounds; Alyssa Favilla had 12 points; Maggie Weiers added 12 points and seven rebounds; and Katie Stone had 12 points and six assists.

UST’s Hannah Hughes drilled three 3-pointers to fuel a 38-3 run during the final 13:20 of the first half that build a 48-14 lead. The Toms are allowing just 44.2 ppg in their 6-0 MIAC start.


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