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#14 THOMAS MORE PICKS UP 71-60 VICTORY AT BETHANY

Dec. 1 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Thomas More (Ky.) College outscored the Bethany College women’s basketball team 38-18 in the paint, which helped the 14th-ranked Saints (5-0, 1-0) record a 71-60 victory over the Bison (3-4, 0-1) Saturday afternoon.

Thomas More opened the game by racing out to a 19-4 lead and held as large as a 19-point (33-14) cushion. Bethany was able to trim it to 12 with a 9-2 spurt, featuring three points from freshmen Samantha Bower (Massillon, Ohio/Tuslaw) and Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami), but consecutive hoops by TMC’s Nicole Dickman sent the visitors into halftime with a 39-23 advantage.

The Saints owned the paint in the opening stanza, outscoring BC 28-2 in the first half behind 11 from Tandrea Sellers and eight from Dickman. The Bison, who were also hurt by shooting just 24 percent (8-34), were paced by senior guard Lisa Mitchell’s (Burgettstown, Pa./Avella) 10 by the break.

In the second period, the Bison were unable to get any major runs going until late in the game. That’s when 10 straight points, including four each from junior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) and freshman Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami), cut the Thomas More lead to 64-53 with 2:32 to play.

The Saints wouldn’t allow BC any closer, as they sank 7-of-8 from the charity stripe down the stretch to secure the win and remain unbeaten.

Mitchell erupted in the second half to keep Bethany in the game, as she scored 18 of her 28 after halftime. She was the only Bison in double digits, although Stacy Goode did finish with nine markers and eight rebounds.

The Saints had 12 different players register points, including three in double figures. Leading their cause was Dickman and Jayne Thiem with a dozen and Sellers with 11.

The Bison will return to action Wednesday when they travel to Waynesburg (Pa.) University. Both teams will be looking to even their PAC record at 1-1 after the Yellow Jackets were downed 69-57 by Thiel (Pa.) College Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.