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DIII: No. 8 Montclair State caps off regular season with ninth consecutive win

EWING, N.J. -- Junior forward Melissa Tobie registered her third consecutive double-double with 20 points along with 10 rebounds and five assists as No. 8 Montclair State closed out its regular season with a 63-49 victory against TCNJ on Wednesday evening.

Junior guard Janitza Aquino scored a game-high 21 points, including five three-point field goals, as the Red Hawks recorded their ninth consecutive victory improving to 23-2 overall while finishing 17-1 in the conference. 

Montclair, which already clinched the NJAC regular-season title, matched a program record for conference victories in a season set during the 1989-90 campaign when the Red Hawks also went 17-1. MSU, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NJAC Tournament, is 33-1 in league play the last two seasons as it went unbeaten (16-0) in 2013.

No. 4 Thomas More 108, Bethany 59

BETHANY, W.Va. -- Thomas More sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss and junior forward Jenny Burgoyne combined for 55 points as the fourth-ranked Saints defeated Bethany 108-59 on Wednesday in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at Hummel Field House.

With the win, the Saints improve to 24-0 overall and 17-0 in the PAC as they clinch the PAC regular-season outright for the seventh-consecutive year. Thomas More has won at least a share of the PAC regular season nine-consective years as it was co-champions the previous two years before the seven-year streak. It was the second game in a row and eighth overall this season that the Saints have crossed the century mark in a game. With the loss, the Bison fall to 7-17 overall and 6-11 in the PAC.

Thomas More shot 64.1 percent from the field (25-39), including 50 percent from behind the three-point arc (three-of-six) in the first half and forced 12 Bison turnovers to build a 58-24 lead at halftime. Moss had 22 points and 11 rebounds in the first half.

The Saints out-scored Bethany 50-35 in the second half to win the game 108-59. For the game, the Saints out-scored the Bison 62-14 in the paint and 22-9 on points off turnovers. Thomas More finished the game shooting 62.7 percent from the field (47-of-75).

No. 10 Carthage 80, North Park 74

CHICAGO -- Carthage  got by CCIW-opponent North Park (11-12, 4-8 CCIW) 80-74 on Wednesday at the North Park Gymnasium.

With the win, the Lady Reds clinched at least of share of this year's conference title, with Illinois Wesleyan (16-7, 10-2 CCIW) remaining in second place.

Carthage shot 53 percent (26-49), including just six-of-10 from three-point range, while North Park shot 48 percent (25-52), including six-of-12 3-pointers. The Lady Reds got to free-throw line 27 times and made 22, while the Vikings connected on 18-of-24. Carthage out-rebounded North Park 32-27.

Three Carthage starters scored in double figures. Stephanie Kuzmanic led the way with 17 points on five-of-10 field goals, including two-of-three 3-pointers, along with five-of-eight free throws, four rebounds and six assists. Michelle Wenzel scored 13 points on four-of-nine and five-of-seven free throws, along with six rebounds. Kristi Schmidt had 12 points and four boards, and Kasey Kleiner came off the bench to add 11 points. Liz Rehberger led the Vikings with 15 points.