The fifth-ranked Thomas More College women’s basketball opened Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) play tonight (Wednesday, November 30, 2016) as it defeated Grove City College, 88-47, at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints remain undefeated at 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the PAC and with the loss, the Wolverines fall to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the PAC.

Thomas More out-scored Grove City 30-12 in the first quarter and 21-13 in the second quarter to build a 51-25 lead at halftime. The Saints continued to dominate in the second half as they out-scored the Wolverines 18-8 in the third quarter and 19-14 in the fourth quarter to cruise to the 88-47 victory.

The Saints shot 50 percent from the field as they connected on 37-of-74 shots, while outscoring Grove City 56-22 in the paint, 21-5 off turnovers, 17-6 in second chance points and 16-0 on fast break points. Defensively, Thomas More forced 21 Wolverine turnovers and recorded 15 steals, while blocking nine shots.

Sophomore guard Madison Temple (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) led the Saints in scoring with a game-high 22 points, while junior guard Abby Owings (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) added 14 points. Sophomore forward Shelby Rupp (Milan, Ind./Batesville) finished with eight points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, while blocking a game-high four shots. Sophomore guard Michaela Ware (Newport, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) led the team in assists with eight.

Thomas More returns to action on Saturday (December 3) when it travels to Greenville, Pennsylvania to play Thiel College at 1 p.m. inside Beeghly Gymnasium.

Newspaper Box Score
Grove City vs Thomas More
11/30/16 5:30 p.m. at Crestview Hills, Ky. – Connor Center
At Crestview Hills, Ky. – Connor Center
THOMAS MORE 88, GROVE CITY 47
GROVE CITY (3-2, 0-1 PAC)
Laura Buchanan 4-6 3-4 11; Kate Balcom 4-8 0-0 8; Jackie Stewart 2-6 4-4 8;
Lexie Arkwright 3-10 2-2 8; Jess Book 1-6 2-2 4; Mary Ehrbar 1-3 2-2 4;
Julia Buggey 1-4 0-0 2; Hope Cooksey 0-4 2-2 2; Emory Ujano 0-3 0-0 0;
Carolyn Peterson 0-5 0-0 0; Erin Logue 0-0 0-0 0; Jillian Herrick 0-1 0-0 0;
Jenn Ferguson 0-1 0-0 0; Teresa Dallatore 0-1 0-0 0; Cass Book 0-2 0-0 0;
Katie Lavenburg 0-1 0-0 0; Mallory Trumbull 0-1 0-0 0; McKenzie Black 0-3
0-0 0. Totals 16-65 15-16 47.
THOMAS MORE (5-0, 1-0 PAC)
Madison Temple 10-12 1-1 22; Abby Owings 5-12 2-3 14; Shelby Rupp 4-10 0-0
8; Kelly Clapper 3-6 0-0 7; Kylie Kramer 2-4 2-2 7; Kirsten Paul 3-5 0-0 6;
Emily Schultz 3-4 0-0 6; Maggi Bosse 2-3 1-2 5; Michaela Ware 2-3 0-1 4;
Nikki Kiernan 2-6 0-0 4; Kaela Saner 0-2 2-2 2; Taylor Jolly 1-3 0-0 2;
Mikkah Hignite 0-0 1-2 1; Hannah Devine 0-0 0-0 0; Kelly McDonald 0-2 0-0 0;
Taylor Gambrel 0-1 0-0 0; Sarah Purdy 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 37-74 9-15 88.
Grove City……………….. 12 13 8 14 – 47
Thomas More………………. 30 21 18 19 – 88
3-point goals–Grove City 0-5 (; Lexie Arkwright 0-1; Carolyn Peterson 0-3;
Katie Lavenburg 0-1), Thomas More 5-16 (Abby Owings 2-6; Kelly Clapper 1-2;
Madison Temple 1-1; Kylie Kramer 1-2; Kaela Saner 0-1; Taylor Jolly 0-2;
Kelly McDonald 0-1; Taylor Gambrel 0-1). Fouled out–Grove City-None, Thomas
More-None. Rebounds–Grove City 39 (Lexie Arkwright 7), Thomas More 47
(Shelby Rupp 9). Assists–Grove City 5 (Jackie Stewart 2), Thomas More 24
(Michaela Ware 8). Total fouls–Grove City 17, Thomas More 10. Technical
fouls–Grove City-None, Thomas More-None. A-456

Cory Blackson
Director of Athletic Communications and Compliance
Thomas More College

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