Trailing 7-5, the No. 5/6-ranked Thomas More College women’s basketball team scored 20-straight points and never looked back as it defeated Geneva College, 95-39, today (Saturday, January 7, 2017) in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints remain undefeated at 13-0 overall and 6-0 in the PAC. With the loss, the Golden Tornadoes fall to 4-9 overall and 1-5 in the PAC.

Geneva led the game 7-5 with 6:00 to play in the first quarter and the Saints responded with a 20-0 run to take build a 35-7 lead at the 6:37 mark of the second quarter when junior forward Nikki Kiernan (Cold Springs, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) converted a three-point play. Thomas More never trailed after the 7-5 deficit and led 24-7 after one quarter, 45-20 at halftime, and 71-29 after three quarters.

Thomas More out-rebounded Geneva 55-19, while out-scoring the Golden Tornadoes 48-10 in the paint, 30-2 off turnovers, 25-5 in second chance points and 14-0 on fast break points.

Senior forward Kirsten Paul (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Christian) and junior guard Abby Owings (Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton) led the team in scoring as they each scored 15 points. Joining them in double-figures was sophomore guard Madison Temple (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) with 13 points and Kiernan with 11 points. Kiernan recorded her third-straight double-double with a 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Shelby Rupp (Milan, Ind./Batesville) just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Temple and sophomore guard Michael Ware (Newport, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) led the team in assists with eight each, while Paul led the team in steals with three.

Thomas More returns to action on Wednesday (January 11) when it hosts Waynesburg University at 5:30 p.m.

Newspaper Box Score
Geneva vs Thomas More
01/07/17 3:15 p.m. at Crestview Hills, Ky. – Connor Cnter
At Crestview Hills, Ky. – Connor Cnter
THOMAS MORE 95, GENEVA 39
GENEVA (4-9, 1-5 PAC)
Callie Ford 4-9 2-6 13; Lydia Songer 4-7 0-2 10; Miranda Heaney 4-12 0-0 10;
Jodie Carlson 1-4 0-0 2; Noelle Henry 1-4 0-0 2; Rachel Moore 1-3 0-0 2;
Amanda Knecht 0-1 0-0 0; Jeana Luciana 0-2 0-0 0; Marissa Heaney 0-4 0-0 0.
Totals 15-46 2-8 39.
THOMAS MORE (13-0, 6-0 PAC)
Kirsten Paul 7-9 1-2 15; Abby Owings 6-12 0-1 15; Madison Temple 5-9 1-1 13;
Nikki Kiernan 3-10 5-5 11; Shelby Rupp 3-4 3-6 9; Maggi Bosse 4-6 0-0 9;
Kelly Clapper 3-5 0-0 8; Mikkah Hignite 2-2 0-0 5; Emily Schultz 2-2 1-1 5;
Kaela Saner 1-1 0-0 3; Sarah Purdy 1-3 0-0 2; Hannah Devine 0-3 0-0 0; Kelly
McDonald 0-1 0-0 0; Taylor Jolly 0-7 0-0 0; Kylie Kramer 0-1 0-0 0; Michaela
Ware 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 37-77 11-16 95.
Geneva…………………… 7 13 9 10 – 39
Thomas More………………. 24 21 26 24 – 95
3-point goals–Geneva 7-23 (Callie Ford 3-6; Miranda Heaney 2-7; Lydia
Songer 2-3; Amanda Knecht 0-1; Marissa Heaney 0-3; Noelle Henry 0-3), Thomas
More 10-34 (Abby Owings 3-8; Madison Temple 2-6; Kelly Clapper 2-4; Mikkah
Hignite 1-1; Kaela Saner 1-1; Maggi Bosse 1-3; Hannah Devine 0-3; Kelly
McDonald 0-1; Taylor Jolly 0-6; Kylie Kramer 0-1). Fouled out–Geneva-None,
Thomas More-None. Rebounds–Geneva 19 (Callie Ford 6), Thomas More 55 (Nikki
Kiernan 10). Assists–Geneva 10 (Miranda Heaney 3), Thomas More 28 (Madison
Temple 8; Michaela Ware 8). Total fouls–Geneva 15, Thomas More 12.
Technical fouls–Geneva-None, Thomas More-None. A-623

Cory Blackson
Director of Athletic Communications and Compliance
Thomas More College

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