(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - The third-ranked and top-seeded Thomas More College women's basketball team won its eighth-straight Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship as it defeated third-seed Washington & Jefferson College, 80-58, today (Saturday, March 1, 2014) in the championship game of the PAC Championship Tournament at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
With the win, the Saints improve to 28-0 and earn the PAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for a seventh-straight season. The NCAA Division III Championship brackets will be announced on Monday (March 3) on the NCAA Championship Website (www.ncaa.com) at 2:30 p.m. With the loss, the Presidents fall to 20-8.
Thomas More jumped out to a 21-9 lead when sophomore forward Alexa Santamaria (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) made a lay-up with 12:56 to play in the opening half. W&J answered with an 8-4 run capped by an Alexa Burzese three-pointer with 8:46 to play in the first half to cut the lead to 25-17. The Saints closed out the half on a 20-10 run to take a 45-27 lead at halftime.
The Presidents opened the second half on a 14-9 run to cut the lead to 54-41 when Chelsea Apke converted an old fashion three-point play with 14:26 to play in the game. Thomas More put together a 21-5 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 75-46 with 4:34 to play in the game when junior forward Jenny Burgoyne (Cincinnati, Ohio/McAuley) made a lay-up. W&J closed out the game on a 12-5 run, but it wasn't enough as Thomas More won the game, 80-58.
Sophomore guard/forward Sydney Moss (St. Albans, W.Va./Boone County (Ky.)) recorded her 13th double-double of the season as she had a game-high 29 points and 11 rebounds. Joining her in double-figure scoring was Burgoyne with 16 points and junior guard Sydni Wainscott (Erlanger, Ky./Simon Kenton) with 10. Moss also led the team in assists with seven, while senior guard Devin Beasley (Burlington, Ky./Conner) added six.