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DIII: Moss, again hits school record, scores 40 to lead Thomas More

WAYNESBURG, Pa. -- Sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss tied the Thomas More single-game scoring record with 40 points as she led the fifth-ranked Saints to a 95-63 win against Waynesburg on Saturday in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse.

With the win, the Saints remain undefeated at 19-0 overall and 12-0 in the PAC. With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fall to 10-9 overall and 8-4 in the PAC.

Moss tied the mark held by Kim Prewitt, who scored 40 points against Maryville on Feb. 6, 1994.

Waynesburg jumped out to an early 10-6 lead when Rebecca Kerr made two free-throws with 15:19 to play in the first half. Thomas More answered with a 30-16 run to build a 36-26 lead with 1:02 to play in the half when junior forward Jenny Burgoyne made a jumper. The Yellow Jackets closed out the half on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 36-31 at halftime when Hayden Giuliani made a lay-up with 14-seconds to play in the opening half.

In the second, half the Saints shot 66.7 percent from the field (22-of-33), including 100 percent from behind the three point arc (two-of-two) to out-score Waynesburg 59-32 and win the game, 95-63.

Moss finished the game with her eighth double-double of the season as she pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to go with her 40 points. Joining her in double-figure scoring was Burgoyne with 21 points, junior guard Sydni Wainscott with 12 points and senior guard Katie Kitchen with 10 points. Wainscott, Kitchen and senior guard Devin Beasley led the team in assists with four each, while Wainscott led the team in steals with four.

No. 1 DePauw 67, Oberlin 62

OBERLIN, Ohio -- DePauw survived a hot-shooting Oberlin squad and a second-half run by the hosts and earned a 67-62 North Coast Athletic Conference win.

DePauw improved to 20-0 overall and 11-0 in the NCAC with its 54th consecutive win and 73rd consecutive in the regular season. Oberlin dropped to 8-12 overall and 3-8 conference play.

Christina Marquette knocked in a three-pointer with 53 seconds left to bring the Yeowomen within three points of DePauw, but Oberlin was whistled for a foul on the subsequent possession which gave the Tigers a full shot clock.

Savannah Trees then extended DePauw's lead to five with a jumper with 17 seconds left. The Yeowomen couldn't convert on their next possession and Trees sealed the win with two free throws with seven seconds left. Oberlin added a basket in the final two seconds.

While Oberlin hit more than 54 percent from the floor, DePauw knocked in 46.7 percent of its shots. Each team made seven three-pointers as Ondik connected on 3-of-4 and Ross hit both of her two tries from beyond the arc. Emma Ondik, ranked second in Division III three-point percentage, is now hitting more than 50 percent from three-point range for the season.

No. 3 Whitman 78, Willamette 33

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Balance can often be a key component to the success of any team that competes in the athletic arena.

Northwest Conference-leading Whitman displayed that trait Saturday night in women's collegiate basketball action on George Ball Court at Sherwood Center.

Whitman placed four players in double figures, led by the 15 points of guard Heather Johns, and had 11 competitors break into the scoring column during a 78-33 victory against Willamette.

No. 4 Hope 78, Calvin 47

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Maura McAfee's career-high 22 points and ninth double-double of the season helped the unbeaten and nationally ranked Hope down Calvin 78-47 on Saturday.

McAfee grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds while shooting 62.5 percent from the field (10-of-16). She also totaled four assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 29 minutes.

The Flying Dutch improved to 18-0 overall and 10-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play.

Hope beat Calvin (12-6, 7-3 MIAA) for the 28th time in the past 38 games in front of a DeVos Fieldhouse crowd of 1,977. Calvin leads the all-time series 66-43.

Freshman point guard Angelique Gaddy scored 15 points for the Flying Dutch. She nearly matched her career-high 16 from an 88-81 win at Calvin on Nov. 26.

Senior guard Brittany Berry equaled her season-high with six of Hope's 20 assists. Berry also chipped in six points.

No. 6 Tufts 62, Wesleyan 53

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Undefeated Tufts (18-0) shook off a pesky Wesleyan squad to stay atop the NESCAC standing with a perfect 6-0 record after posting a 62-53 road NESCAC win.

No. 7 George Fox 99, Pacific Lutheran 60

NEWBERG, Ore. -- Shooting a near-record 61.3 percent for the game and scoring 18 points in a four-minute span in the first half, nationally-ranked George Fox raced past Pacific Lutheran 99-60 in Northwest Conference basketball Saturday night at the Wheeler Sports Center’s Miller Gym.

The Bruins shot .594 (19-32) in the first half, then made 11 of their first 12 shots in the second half before settling for a .633 mark (19-30) in the final 20 minutes.  Their .613 percentage (38-62) is second in George Fox history to the record of .619 (26-42) in a 63-58 home win over Pacific Lutheran on Feb. 24, 2001, in an NWC Tournament championship game.

Christopher Newport, No. 8 York (Pa.)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Powered by a pair of double-doubles from senior Nicole Mitchell and junior Camry Green, the 15th-ranked Captains handed York (Pa.) its first loss of the season, snapping an 18-game winning streak to start the season. Christopher Newport (16-2, 9-1) won its 11th consecutive game in thrilling fashion, dropping the Spartans (18-1, 10-1) in overtime, 67-64.

Mitchell's 17 points and ten rebounds helped lead the Captains offensively, but it was a pair of huge defensive possessions by the senior that sealed the victory for Christopher Newport. Facing a two-point deficit with 1:38 remaining in the overtime period, Mitchell jumped a passing lane and got teammate Tia Perry to the line for two shots. Then, on the very next inbounds play, Mitchell again leaped in front of a pass to pick up her fifth steal of the game.

The theft led to another trip to the free-throw line, where Mitchell knocked down one shot, but missed the second. Fortunately, senior Andrea Hobbs rushed in for the offensive rebound and slipped in a contested layup to put the Captains up by three, 64-61 with 41 seconds remaining.

CNU would then send Brittany Hicks to the line on the Spartans' next possession, but the senior managed to hit just one shot. Forced to foul, York saw the lead grow to four when Mitchell knocked down two more free throws, and were unable to get back even as the Captains held on for the thrilling win.

Christopher Newport improves its home winning streak to 24 consecutive games, the fifth longest active streak in NCAA Division III.

Hicks looked to be the hero for York late in regulation, as she rattled home a tough three-point shot with 1.1 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 57 and force overtime.

No. 10 Carthage 80, North Central (Ill.) 76

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Carthage (17-2, 8-0 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) escaped Naperville, Ill., on Saturday with an 80-76 win against CCIW-opponent North Central (Ill.) (10-10, 3-6 CCIW) at Gregory Arena at Merner Fieldhouse.

The Lady Reds remain in sole possession of first place in the CCIW. 

Carthage shot just 44 percent, including just two-of-19 from three-point range, while the Cardinals shot 33 percent, including 12-of-43 three-pointers. Carthage had a 60-41 rebounding edge against North Central. The Lady Reds got to the free-throw line 24 times and made 14, while the Cardinals connected on 18-of-26 free throws.