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Owings nets 22 points, Thomas More women extend winning streak to 12; TMC men notch road win

By Don Owen
NKyTribune reporter

Abby Owings poured in 22 points Wednesday night as the Thomas More College women’s basketball team won its 12th consecutive game with an 89-63 victory at Waynesburg (Pa.) University.

Thomas More guard Abby Owings

Owings also collected seven steals and added four rebounds for Thomas More, which improved to 13-1 overall, 7-0 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. The Saints used a 28-6 spurt in the second quarter to pull away and build a 43-22 lead at the break.

Owings, a Simon Kenton High School graduate, shot 9-for-16 from the field.

Madison Temple and Nikki Kiernan each added 16 points. Kiernan also blocked five shots and had three steals, while Temple — named to the D3hoops.com national team of the week on Tuesday — dished out a game-high eight assists.

Emily Schultz chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds off the Thomas More bench. The Saints, who are ranked No. 5 nationally in the NCAA Division III poll, forced Waynesburg (9-5, 5-2 PAC) into 22 turnovers that resulted in 29 points.

Taylor Jolly also finished in double figures for Thomas More, netting 10 points. Shelby Rupp added eight points off the bench for the Saints.

Thomas More has not lost to a PAC opponent since Jan. 14, 2012, when Saint Vincent College pulled out a 68-65 victory in Latrobe, Pa. The NCAA forced Thomas More to vacate every win during the 2014-15 season due to an eligibility issue, wiping out 20 victories against PAC schools.

Thomas More plays at Washington & Jefferson on Saturday at 2 p.m.

TMC MEN VICTORIOUS: The Thomas More men’s basketball team improved to 10-4 overall with an 80-67 victory at Waynesburg on Wednesday night. The Saints are 6-1 in the PAC.

TMC’s Damion King

Damion King and Brandon Horne combined for 40 points and 13 rebounds to lead Thomas More. King finished with 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds, while Horne added 17 points and grabbed seven boards.

King, who netted 15 points during the second half, shot 10-for-16 from the field and drained a pair of 3-pointers. He also collected a pair of steals.

Ryne Callahan made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for the Saints, who outscored the hosts 47-34 in the second half after being tied at 33-all at the break. Thomas More won the rebounding battle by a 34-20 margin and held a 24-11 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Saints, who shot 50.8 percent from the field, led by as many as 18 points (69-51) in the second half. Waynesburg dropped to 7-7 overall, 3-4 in the PAC.
Thomas More plays at Washington & Jefferson on Saturday at 4 p.m.

TMC TO ADD VARSITY SPORTS: Thomas More will add men’s volleyball as well as men’s and women’s swimming & diving as varsity sports beginning this fall.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to add men’s volleyball and men’s and women’s swimming & diving,” TMC athletic director Terry Connor said. “I am excited for the challenge of starting the new programs and to see what they can accomplish in the future.”

The addition of men’s volleyball and men’s and women’s swimming & diving will bring the total number of varsity sports at Thomas More to 26.

Contact Don Owen at don@nkytrib.com

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