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Temple scores 24 points, Thomas More rolls to 95-39 win over La Roche in Julie Costello Memorial Classic

NKyTribune staff

Another day, another convincing victory for the Thomas More University women’s basketball team.

Madison Temple scored 24 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds on Sunday to lead unbeaten Thomas More (6-0) to a 95-39 win over La Roche (Pa.) College in the 17th annual Julie Costello Memorial Classic. The Saints outrebounded the Redhawks by a 43-8 margin and set Julie Costello Memorial Classic records for field-goal percentage (60.6) and field goals made (40).

Madison Temple scored 24 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds. (Photo by Allen Ramsey)

Thomas More, which is ranked No. 5 nationally in the NCAA Division III poll, finished with a 32-0 advantage in fast-break points. The Saints dominated the inside and owned a 62-20 scoring edge in the paint, including 20-2 in second-chance points.

Thomas More built a 50-16 halftime lead as Temple scored 19 points. The Saints also forced La Roche into 17 first-half turnovers.

Temple earned most valuable player honors of the two-day event that was played at the Connor Convocation Center. Emily Schultz finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals, while Asyah Mitchell added 14 points. Schultz and Mitchell were each named all-tournament.

Shelby Rupp tallied 17 points, pulled down seven rebounds and collected three steals for Thomas More, which has not lost a regular-season game in more than a year. The Saints’ last defeat in the regular season occurred on Nov. 18, 2017, when Rochester (N.Y.) pulled out a 61-58 win over visiting Thomas More.

La Roche, which shot just 30 percent from the field, dropped to 1-4. The Redhawks also committed 27 turnovers.

On Saturday, Thomas More opened the event with a 106-44 win over Maryville (Tenn.) College. Temple led all scorers with 23 points, and she also pulled down eight rebounds and dished out seven assists.

Thomas More plays at Wisconsin-Whitewater next Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball team plays at Austin Peay at 8 p.m. Monday in Clarksville, Tenn. NKU is 1-3 entering the game, while Austin Peay is 2-3.

NKU is coming off a 71-53 loss to Belmont last Wednesday night. NKU’s Molly Glick is just one 3-pointer away from hitting the 100th trey of her career, which would make her the 13th player in Norse history to knock down 100 shots from long range.

A year ago in the first-ever meeting between the two programs, Austin Peay pulled out a 53-52 win over NKU at BB&T Arena.

(Information compiled from Thomas More, NKU Athletics Communications and staff reports)

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