Thomas More women remain No. 1, men drop to No. 22

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By Thomas More Athletics

The Thomas More University women’s basketball team is the No. 1 ranked team in NAIA women’s basketball for the sixth straight poll and eighth time in the last 10 polls.

After surviving a 65-60 scare at Cumberland University (Tenn.), the Saints have rolled to a 76-42 win at University of Tennessee Southern, 79-51 win at home vs. Georgetown College, and an 83-64 win at No. 24 University of the Cumberlands.

Saturday at Cumberlands was their sixth win of the season over a ranked opponent. They are now 21-0 overall and 15-0 in the Mid-South Conference. Dating back to last season, Thomas More has won 27 games in a row.

Senior Zoie Barth has led the Saints in scoring or tied for the team-lead in scoring in three of their last four games. Barth and fellow senior Courtney Hurst both scored 11 against Tennessee Southern. Barth led the team with 19 against Georgetown, and tied with junior Kelly Brenner against Cumberlands with 17.

Hurst led the team against Cumberland (Tenn.) with 22 points. Senior Emily Simon also recorded her fourth double-double of the season against the Patriots on Saturday with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Offensively, the Saints are fifth in the country with a 37.3% mark from beyond the arc and are ninth in field-goal percentage at 45.6%. Defensively, Thomas More makes it tough on their opponents to find open teammates, only allowing 8.6 assists per game, which ranks fourth in the NAIA. They also don’t allow many steals, tying for third in the country at 5.6 per game.

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They take on Lindsey Wilson College Thursday night at home at 5:30 p.m. They beat the Blue Raiders on the road on January 7th, 70-56.

Men drop to No. 22

The Thomas More University men’s basketball team dropped to No. 22 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Poll released this morning. The Saints are 1-3 since the last poll came out, with their win coming over University of the Cumberlands, 71-57, on Saturday afternoon in Williamsburg, Kentucky.

They dropped a pair of close contests in Tennessee to Cumberland University, 78-75, and University of Tennessee Southern, 80-74. They then fell to the newly ranked No. 10 Georgetown College Tigers 72-61 last Thursday before getting back on track at Cumberlands.

In their win against the Patriots, sophomore Casey George recorded his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Redshirt junior Reid Jolly scored 21 and redshirt sophomore Jacob Jones also tied a season-high with 21.

Thomas More takes on the Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders Thursday night in the Connor Convocation Center at 7:30 p.m. They beat the Blue Raiders 78-72 in Columbia on January 7th.

Women’s Poll

11Thomas More (Ky.) [21]21-0591
22Central Methodist (Mo.)19-0571
34Campbellsville (Ky.)19-1550
43Dordt (Iowa)19-1527
55Westmont (Calif.)17-1525
66Marian (Ind.)19-2486
77Indiana Wesleyan18-3470
88Clarke (Iowa)18-2460
910Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)18-1448
109Loyola (La.)17-1416
1118Carroll (Mont.)16-5364
1214Indiana Tech17-3356
1311Rio Grande (Ohio)18-3348
1413Vanguard (Calif.)14-4345
1512Montana Western18-3334
1616Eastern Oregon17-2330
1717Texas Wesleyan18-2284
1821Briar Cliff (Iowa)15-5275
1919Science & Arts (Okla.)18-2239
2015Northwestern (Iowa)14-5202
21NRPikeville (Ky.)16-4201
2220Rocky Mountain (Mont.)15-5175
2325Rust (Miss.)13-3169
2422Sterling (Kan.)15-4154
2523Southern Oregon14-5110

Dropped from the Top 25: Cumberlands (Ky.) 

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Receiving Votes: Cumberlands (Ky.) 102, IU South Bend (Ind.) 97, Texas A&M Texarkana 54, Dakota State (S.D.) 53, Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 33, Grand View (Iowa) 32, Faulkner (Ala.) 22, Jamestown (N.D.) 22, Oakland City (Ind.) 15, Menlo (Calif.) 15, Grace (Ind.) 13, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 7, LSU Shreveport (La.) 4, Bryan (Tenn.) 3 

Men’s Poll

11College of Idaho [18]18-1559
22Oklahoma Wesleyan [2]19-1543
33Langston (Okla.)18-1513
45Arizona Christian17-4483
59Union (Ky.)19-1472
67Indiana Wesleyan16-5456
76Grace (Ind.)18-3447
811Indiana Tech17-3441
913William Penn (Iowa)18-2434
1015Georgetown (Ky.)18-3401
1114Jamestown (N.D.)17-3391
1212Montana Tech18-3341
1317Kansas Wesleyan18-2327
148Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)16-5295
1522Loyola (La.)16-3288
1619Faulkner (Ala.)17-3278
1616Marian (Ind.)17-4278
1820Morningside (Iowa)16-3272
1918Evangel (Mo.)17-3260
2021Florida College16-3228
214Southwestern (Kan.)16-4211
2210Thomas More (Ky.)15-5180
2325Iowa Wesleyan19-1153
24RVTexas A&M Texarkana16-4107
25RVAntelope Valley (Calif.)18-184

Dropped from the Top 25: LSU Shreveport (La.), Menlo (Calif.)

Others Receiving Votes: Ottawa (Ariz.) 74, LSU Shreveport (La.)43, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 43, Madonna (Mich.) 28, Shawnee State (Ohio) 27, Dordt (Iowa) 26, The Master’s (Calif.) 26, Thomas (Ga.) 25, Huntington (Ind.) 22, Tougaloo (Miss.) 20, Rio Grande (Ohio) 13, Eastern Oregon 12, St. Thomas (Fla.) 11, Mayville State (N.D.) 10, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 10, UNT Dallas (Texas) 8, Hope International (Calif.) 7, Northwestern (Iowa) 4, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 4, Lourdes (Ohio) 3.

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