Saturday: Reason to celebrate

Nikki Kiernan's big day helped Thomas More stay unbeaten.
Thomas More athletics file photo

Thomas More forward Nikki Kiernan celebrated her birthday by scoring 30 points as the top-ranked Saints defeated No. 16 Ohio Northern, 75-61.

Ohio Northern (2-2) held a 30-28 halftime lead but Thomas More (2-0) scored the first nine points of the third quarter. Kiernan scored seven points in that run, incluing a three-point play to push the Saints' lead to 37-30.

The Polar Bears fought back within one late in the third quarter. Thomas More point guard Abby Owings opened the fourth quarter with six points to extend the Saints' lead back to double-digits and Kiernan added 11 points in the final four minutes to seal victory. Recap

Kiernan finished with 30 points and seven rebounds for the Saints who did not play All-American Sydney Moss. Britt Lauck led Ohio Nothern with 20 points.

St. Olaf led No. 23 Luther from start to finish as the Oles rode Betsy Daly's double-double to a 73-58 victory. Daly gave the St. Olaf (4-1) the lead with a three-pointer off the opening tip and finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Moran Lonning had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Norse (4-1). Photo gallery

Maryville (Tenn.) stayed unbeaten by slogging past Rhodes, 48-43. The Scots and Lynx combined to shoot 30.3 percent from the field (33-for-109). No. 5 NYU won in similarly ugly fashion at Johns Hopkins 49-38 in a game marked by 49 turnovers and 2-for-19 shooting from three. Megan Dawe had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Violets (5-0). 

Bluffton is also perfect after its 74-58 win over Kalamazoo. The Beavers will start conference play next Saturday against perennial Heartland Conference power Transylvania. The Pioneers got 23 points from All-American Katelyn Smith and eased past Kenyon, 78-59.

Sterling Holmes and Texas Lutheran erased an 18-point deficit and rallied past East Texas Baptist.
Texas Lutheran file photo by Kirsten Whiteside 

Men's recap: OWU wins war of Wesleyans, TLU takes Texas tustle

No. 13 Ohio Wesleyan outscored No. 24 Illinois Wesleyan 17-2 in a decisive second-half surge as the Battling Bishops beat the Titans, 94-85. Ohio Wesleyan had 18 assists to just four turnovers and shot 84 percent from the free throw line (16-for-19). Ben Simpson had 24 points and 11 rebounds for OWU (6-0) while Bryce Dolan tallied 37 points for the Titans (3-2). Recap

Texas Lutheran edged No. 25 East Texas Baptist 79-78 in a Lone Star State thriller. Bret Atkins hit a three-pointer with three minutes left to give East Texas Baptist a 77-74 lead, but Sterling Holmes answered immediately with a three for the Bulldogs. After a turnover by the Tigers, Jordan Kouremetis hit a jumper to put Texas Lutheran up by two in the final minute. The Tigers got to the free throw line on their next possession, but only made one of two shots and Texas Lutheran hung on for the victory.

In a rare case of a Division III team hosting a Division I opponent, Rowan celebrated a reunion of its 1996 national championship team by welcoming former head coach Dr. John Giannini and his LaSalle team to South Jersey. LaSalle won easily 81-51.

Fellow NJAC school William Paterson took the court for the first time since head coach Jose Rebimbas resigned with Brian Chapman as its acting head coach. Bright Mensah scored a career-high 29 points and the Pioneers held off Rosemont, 82-78.

Maryville (Tenn.) erruped for 56 points and romped over No. 18 Emory, 91-67. Emanuelle Garcia shot 6-for-7 with four three pointers and Spencer Shoffner scored 21 points in the Scots' second half.

No. 16 Hope fell short against NAIA Division II champion Cornerstone, 73-67. Harrison Blackledge paced the Flying Dutchmen with 22 points. Recap

Dubuque outlasted run-and-gun Greenville 132-121 as Andre Norris exploded for 36 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists. Fourteen players scored double figures between the two teams and Greenville attempted 53 three-pointers. Box score

Christian Roberts scored 23 points, including the game winner in the closing seconds, as Stevenson edged past Cabrini, 71-69. Bridgewater (Va.) opened ODAC play with an overtime victory over Lynchburg, 81-73.