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Kitchen Leads Saints to a 68-30 PAC Win at Chatham

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - Sophomore guard Katie Kitchen (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Thomas More College women's basketball team to a 68-30 win over Chatham University tonight (Wednesday, January 18, 2012) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference game at the Athletic & Fitness Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

With the win, the Saints improve to 12-4 overall and 8-1 in the PAC.  With the loss, the Cougars fall to 3-13 overall and 0-9 in the PAC.

Thomas More jumped out to a 34-8 lead with 5:26 to play in the opening half when junior guard Jill Brunsman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) completed a three-point play.  Chatham closed out the half on a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 38-18 at halftime when Julianne Speeney made two free-throws with 2:15 to play in the first half.

The Saints opened the second half on a 17-2 run to extended the lead to 55-20 when junior guard/forward Lauren Hargett (Verona, Ky./Walton-Verona) made a lay-up with 11:33 to play in the game.  Chatham responded with a 6-2 run to cut the lead to 57-26 with 7:33 to play in the second half when Marguerite Sargent made a jumper.  Thomas More answered with an 11-2 run capped by a three-pointer by freshman guard Stephanie Krusling (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) to give the Saints' their biggest lead of the night at 68-28 with 30-seconds to play in the game.  Chatham's Speeney made two free-throws with eight seconds to play in the game for the final score of 68-30.

Junior center Katie Kees (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) joined Kitchen in double-figures as she finished the game with 12 points.  Sophomore forward Moriah Corey (Louisville, Ky./Butler) led the team on the boards with nine rebounds, while sophomore guard Devin Beasley (Burlington, Ky./Conner) led the team in assists with a career-high 10 and junior guard Allison Long (Hebron, Ky./Conner) led the team in  steals with five.

Thomas More will begin the second half on the PAC schedule on Saturday (January 21) when it hosts Geneva College at 1 p.m. at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.