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Thomas More women remain perfect (22-0) with 73-55 win over previously unbeaten Mary Hardin-Baylor

NKyTribune staff

BELTON, Texas — It doesn’t matter which coast or time zone they play in, the Thomas More University women’s basketball team just keeps on winning. The Saints have a perfect record (22-0) as proof.

In a battle of unbeaten teams Monday night, Thomas More wasted no time in asserting its dominance during a 73-55 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor. The second-ranked Saints bolted out to a 32-9 lead after the first quarter and cruised to the road victory over the seventh-ranked Crusaders (14-1).

Emily Schultz scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Thomas More past Mary Hardin-Baylor. (Photo by Allen Ramsey)

It marked the seventh time this season that Thomas More has beaten a nationally ranked team from the NCAA Division III poll. The Saints also have a win against a team ranked nationally in the NAIA poll.

Emily Schultz scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Thomas More, which held Mary Hardin-Baylor to just 36 percent shooting from the field. The Saints also finished with a 39-25 advantage in rebounds and collected 10 steals as a team.

Madison Temple added 16 points and five rebounds for Thomas More, while teammate Shelby Rupp finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Kaela Saner buried a trio of 3-pointers en route to nine points.

Thomas More converted 48.1 percent of its shots from the field and made 82.6 percent (19-for-23) of its free throws. Temple was 8-for-9 from the line, and Rupp made all four of her attempts from the charity stripe.

The Saints shot 61.5 percent (16-for-26) from the field in the first half to build a 46-23 cushion at the break. Thomas More also owned a 20-7 advantage in points off turnovers during the opening 20 minutes.

Hannah Holt scored 19 points to lead Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Crusaders were 8-0 at home this season prior to Monday night’s loss to Thomas More.

Thomas More is 9-0 on the road this season. The Saints own a 7-0 record on neutral courts and are 6-0 at home.

Thomas More is now off until Jan. 26, when the Saints hit the road to meet Geneva (Pa.) College.

(Information compiled from Thomas More and staff reports)

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