(HONOLULU, HI) – The no. 9/10 ranked Thomas More women's basketball team took down the no. 3/2 ranked Christopher Newport in the second game of the Hoop N' Surf Classic in Honolulu, HI. The Saints defeated the Captains by 33 points, winning 86-53. With the win, the Saints improve to 10-1 overall and went 2-0 in the Classic. The Saints handed the Captains their first loss of the season, putting them at 8-1 overall.
The Saints got on the board first with a jump shot from Nikki Kiernan. The first quarter went almost shot-for-shot having two ties and three lead changes. Thomas More ended the first quarter in the lead, 19-17. Taylor Jolly hit a three-pointer with an assist from Briana McNutt coming out to start the second quarter. With six minutes left in the half, McNutt his a three from an assist by Abby Owings. At the four-minute mark, McNutt grabbed an offensive rebound, attempted a three, Owings grabbed the offensive board, and Madison Temple finished the play out with a made lay-up to put the Saints up 10. With .30 left in the half, Owings nails a three-point shot with an assist by McNutt. The Saints went into half-time leading 36-25.
Coming out of half-time, Owings grabbed a defensive rebound, followed by two more offensive rebounds from Kiernan and Shelby Rupp, with Kiernan finishing the series with a lay-up, putting the Saints up 40-25. With three minutes left in the third quarter, Kelly Clapper drills a three-pointer with an assist from Temple. Ending the third quarter, Temple hits a three-pointer off of a McNutt offensive rebound and an assist from Tori Gilman. The Saints led 66-38 going into the final quarter. With eight minutes left to go in the game, Kiernan comes up big for the Saints with a blocked shot. Temple grabbed the defensive rebound and assisted it to McNutt for the jumper. With a minute left in the game, Kylie Anderson tracks down two offensive rebounds and gets sent to the foul-line, knocking down one of the two foul shots. Anderson grabs her own rebound and gets sent back to the foul line again, this time making both and sending the Saints to a 86-53 victory.
Temple had the game high 21 points, along with three steals, five assists, five rebounds, and went 100% from the foul line. Kiernan put up 16 points, along with two blocks, one assist, two steals, and five rebounds, four of which were offensive rebounds. Owings had 10 points, with four steals, three assists, and four rebounds. Owings also went 100% from the foul line.
The Saints are off until January 3, 2018, when they pick back up with PAC play hosting Westminster. Tip-off will be at 5:30 PM.