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21st Ranked Thomas More Defeats Cincinnati Christian, 85-53, in Season Opener

21st Ranked Thomas More Defeats Cincinnati Christian, 85-53, in Season Opener

(CINCINNATI, Ohio) – The 21st-ranked Thomas More University women's basketball team used a big second quarter tonight (Friday, October 25, 2019) to defeat across-the-river rival Cincinnati Christian University, 85-53, in the season opener on the first night of the Skyline Chili Classic at Jill Rendel Court in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • The Saints shot 42.9 percent from the field in the first half as they connected on 15-of-35 shots.
  • After the game was tied four times in the first quarter senior forward Emily Schultz (Melbourne, Ky./Bishop Brossart) made a field goal with 19-seconds to play in the quarter to give the Saints a 17-15 lead at the quarter break.
  • Thomas More opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 23-15 lead with 7:14 to play in the quarter when senior guard Kaela Saner (Florence, Ky./Boone County) made a field goal.
  • CCU answered with a 5-0 to cut the lead to 23-20 with 4:41 to play in the second quarter.
  • The Saints responded with a 13-0 run to end the first half capped by a free-throw by junior guard Syarra Sellers (Aurora, Ohio/Aurora) to give the team a 36-20 lead at halftime.

  • Thomas More out-scored the Eagles 21-16 to extend the lead to 57-36 after three quarter.
  • The Saints had a 28-17 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter to post the 85-53 victory.
  • Thomas More shot 55.9 (19-of-34) from the field in the second half, including 66.7 percent (four-of-six) from behind the three-point arc.

  • Thomas More improves to 1-0, while Cincinnati Christian falls to 0-2.
  • The Saints had a 28-11 advantage in points off turnovers and 40-24 in the paint.
  • Thomas More's bench out-scored CCU's 40-11.
  • The Saints shot 49.3 (34-of-69) for the game, including 43.8 percent (seven-of-16) from behind the three-point arc.
  • First-year guard Courtney Hurst (Burlington, Ky./Conner) led all scorers with a game-high 15 points and pulled down six rebounds.
  • Schultz finished 11 points.
  • Sellers added 11 points.
  • Saner had 10 points and dished out three assists.
  • First-year guard Summer Secrist (Taylor Mill, Ky./Scott) led the team on the boards with seven rebounds.
  • First-year guard Zoie Barth (Fort Thomas, Ky./Highlands) had six rebounds for the Saints.
  • Sophomore forward Kaylin Burdick (Cincinnati, Ohio/West Clermont) had three assists.

  • Thomas More will close out the Skyline Chili Classic tomorrow when it plays Rochester (Mich.) University at 1 p.m. at Jill Rendel Court in Cincinnati, Ohio.