Fourth-Ranked Saints Dominate in Walla Walla

Fourth-Ranked Saints Dominate in Walla Walla

by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The fourth-ranked Thomas More Saints dominated from the opening tip in a 104-65 win over the Whitworth Pirates in Friday night's game at the Kim Evanger Raney Classic. 

Madison Temple led Thomas More (10-0) with 20 points and 10 assists. Jordan Smith led the Pirates (5-2, 2-0 NWC) with 14 points on 5-11 shooting and 3-8 shooting from beyond the arc.

The Saints used a half-court trap to rush the Whitworth offense and open up an early 11-2 lead. Temple scored 6 of the Saints first 11 points and Thomas More finished the first quarter with a 36-7 lead. 

The Whitworth offense awakened in the second quarter, scoring 30 points in the period with a fast-paced offense. Smith led the way, scoring all 14 of her points on 5-7 shooting. Megan Dorney and Madison Moffat contributed to the offense as well with four points each in the quarter.

Even with improved offense over the game's final three quarters, the Pirates couldn't cut into the lead. Thomas More outscored Whitworth 21-14 in the third quarter to stretch the lead out to 89-51. Shelby Rupp led the Saints with six points in the quarter.

Thomas More, which entered the game as the top-shooting team in the nation, finished the game shooting 63 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc. The Pirates shot 40 percent from the floor but made just 21 percent of their three-pointers. Thomas More outrebounded Whitworth 41-27.

Dorney joined Smith in double figures with 10 points and led the Bucs with five rebounds. Camy Aguinaldo dished out a team-high three assists. Seven Saints, including Temple, scored in double figures.

Whitworth will have an opportunity to bounce back Saturday afternoon when it takes on Colorado College. The Pirates and Tigers tip off at 2:00 p.m. in Whitman College's Sherwood Center.