Second-Ranked Saints Too Much for #21 Tigers

Second-Ranked Saints Too Much for #21 Tigers

Greencastle, Ind. - Second-ranked Thomas More used a 14-4 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to pull away from 21st-ranked DePauw on the way to a 71-56 win in the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Tournament championship game. The Tigers moved to 9-3, while the Saints improved to 17-0.

Thomas More led by as many as six in the first quarter before Sydney Kopp his a three and Imani Graham knocked in a free throw to cut the lead to 16-14 after the opening stanza.

DePauw put together a 7-0 run in the second capped by Maya Howard's 3-pointer to take a 24-22 lead before the Saints regained the lead and took a 31-30 advantage into the intermission.

Thomas More stretched the lead to seven on three occasions early in the third before Claire Keefe hit two free throws and Howard nailed a jumper to make it 41-38 with 5:26 remaining in the quarter. The Tigers came up empty on five straight possessions, while the Saints hit six straight free throws to push the lead to 47-38.

Howard stopped the run with a layup, but Kelly Clapper hit a three and Asyah Mitchell a layup to make it 52-40. Maeve Summerville's free throw cut the Saints' lead to 52-41 after three quarters.

DePauw hit just two of its first nine field goal tries of the final quarter as Thomas More opened with a 15-5 stretch to take its biggest lead of the contest at 67-46.

Howard led the Tigers with 20 points, three assists and two steals and earned a spot on the all-tournament team, while Keefe followed with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. 

Thomas More's Madison Temple, the tournament MVP, led with 28 points and 13 rebounds. 

DePauw shot 35.3 percent to the Saints' 49.1 and Thomas More held a 33-28 edge on the boards.

Also earning spots on the all-tournament team were Thomas More's Emily Schultz, Franklin's Bayleigh Walker and Finlandia's Mariah Austin.

Franklin topped Finlandia by a 65-51 score in the third-place game. Walker led all scorers with 23, while Austin and Katie Lundeen each scored 12 for Finlandia. 

For links to all of the tournament box scores, please visit the tournament site.

DePauw returns to North Coast Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, January 2, when it travels to Allegheny for a 2 p.m. contest.