Saints Beat Waynesburg in Men's, Women's Basketball
Thomas More Saints improved to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in the President Athletic Conference (PAC) as the men's basketball team defeated Waynesburg University on Wednesday night, 69-68.
The game was close in the second half and the Saints were led by sophomore forward Ralph Stone, who was a spark off the bench offensively and recorded five points and seven rebounds. Junior center Simon Clifford was the leading scorer for the Saints tonight finishing the game with 17 points and eight rebounds. Other scorers for that reached double-figures were sophomore guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky./Rowan County), who finished with 16 points and sophomore guard Damion King, who finished with 15 points.
Talking to Stone after the game we asked him what led to the spark he gave to the team and he said, “Well my role as the back-up to Brandon Horne is to bring energy off the bench and that is what I did. I worry about working hard and trying to give the spark on defense since the defense leads to the offense.”
The Yellow Jackets of Waynesburg had seven players reach the scoring column and out of those seven four scored in double-digits. Glen Hoffman had tonight’s game high finishing with 21 points. Other scorers were Timmy Kaiser, who finished with 12 points, Marcus Wallace, who finished with 10 points and Nate Gearhart, who also finished with 10 points.
Catching up with head coach Drew Cooper after the game we asked him about his team’s late game efforts and he said, “I hope this game gives us confidence as it relates to late game execution as our late game execution was tremendous tonight.”
The Saints will practice the next two days and then take on Washington & Jefferson College inside the Connor Convocation Center in a PAC matchup. Tip-off will be at 3 p.m.
Thomas More women remain unbeaten
The fifth-ranked Thomas More women’s basketball team is still undefeated. The Saints defeated Waynesburg University, 84-52, in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills.
With the win, the Saints improve to 14-0 overall and 7-0 in the PAC. With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fall to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the PAC.
Waynesburg took an early 6-4 lead when Haley Delaney made a jumper at the 6:04 mark of the first quarter. The Saints answered as they closed out the quarter on a 16-6 run to take a 20-12 lead after the first quarter when first-year forward Emily Schultz made a jumper with 33-seconds to play in the quarter. The Yellow Jackets opened the second quarter on a 9-6 run to cut the lead to 26-21 with 6:33 to play in the quarter when Delaney made a three-pointer. Thomas More closed out the second quarter on a 17-6 run capped by a three-pointer by junior guard Abby Owings at the buzzer to give the Saints a 43-27 lead at halftime.
Thomas More dominated the second half as it out-scored Waynesburg 26-16 in the third quarter to lead 69-43 after three quarters and 15-9 in the final stanza to cruise to the 84-52 victory.
The Saints out-scored the Yellow Jackets 70-18 in the paint, 24-4 off turnovers and 18-0 in fast break points.
Junior forward Nikki Kiernan led all scorers with 18 points. Joining her in double-figures wasOwings with 16 points, Schultz with 12 points and sophomore guard Madison Temple with 11 points. Temple just missed a triple-double as she pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and dished out a game-high nine assists. Kiernan led the team in blocks with five, while Owings led the team in steals with four.
The Saints return to action on Saturday when they host Washington & Jefferson College at 1 p.m. inside the Connor Convocation Center.
From TMC Saints