Thomas More women's basketball's 94-game win streak ends

Posted at 10:09 PM, Mar 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-04 23:50:48-05

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- It was Hope that ended the Thomas More women's basketball team's tremendous win streak.

Hope College defeated Thomas More College 74-67 in the second round of the NCAA Division III championships Saturday night, ending the Saints' 94-game win streak.

"I'm very proud of what they've done this season," Thomas More coach Jeff Hans said.

The Flying Dutch took the lead in the second quarter and held it, scoring 17 points off 15 turnovers.

"They took advantage of every mistake that we made," Hans said.

Madison Temple led the Saints in scoring with 22 points, followed closely by Abby Owings with 20.

With 3:34 left in the game, the Saints cut Hope's lead down to one point, but they were unable to pull ahead. The Flying Dutch scored their final eight points off fouls.

"It was close," Hans said. "… We got it down to a 2, and we couldn't get over the hump."

The Saints wrap up their season with a 28-1 record. Hans said he was proud of his players for working so hard after beginning the season with some adversity -- the NCAA ordered that Thomas More forfeit one of its two consecutive championships after one student was found to be ineligible for the 2014-15 season last fall.

"We handled it," Hans said. "We played through it."