The finals of the PAC Tournament are set with another matchup of the top two seeds in Thomas More and W&J.
The top team in the nation, Thomas More, reached the finals with a 105-57 win over Saint Vincent.
Senior guard Sydney Moss led all scorers with 34 points. Sophomore guard Abby Owings also finished in double figures with 16 points. Nikki Kiernan added 12 and Samantha Cady finished with 10 points.
With the win, the Saints improve to 26-0 and advanced to championship game Saturday at 4 p.m. against No. 2 seeded W&J. Thomas More will be seeking its tenth straight PAC Championship Tournament title.
The Presidents reached the finals with an 88-66 win over Waynesburg.
Beka Bellhy scored a career-high 36 points to lead the way. Bellhy also grabbed 13 rebounds in the win.
Danni Medovich finished with 15 points, while Taylor Cortazzo was also in double figures with 12 points.
The Presidents advance to the PAC title game for the third time in four years.
W&J lost its two regular season matchups against Thomas More by a combined 78 points.
In other PAC news, the conference announced its yearly awards on Friday.
Thomas More’s Moss was voted the league’s Player of the Year for the third-straight season, while Washington & Jefferson College 12th-year head coach Jina DeRubbo was voted the conference’s Coach of the Year for the sixth time.
Moss is just the second three-time winner of the league’s Player of the Year award. She leads the PAC and ranks 13th among all NCAA Division III players, averaging 20.7 ppg. Moss is also second in Division III in made three-pointers per game (3.55) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4.7) and ranks eighth in Division III in assists per game (6.1).
She is the PAC’s all-time women’s scorer with 2,541 points and is Division III’s active leader in scoring, scoring average (20.8), field goals made (989) and field goals attempted (1,917), is tied for first in games played (122) and is second in assists (507).
DeRubbo has now 10 seasons with 20 or more wins since taking over the program in 2004-05.
For the second consecutive season, PAC Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Grove City College senior forward Kathryn Erbelding.
Erbelding is second in the PAC in total steals (80) and steals per game (3.2). She is second in the circuit in rebounds per game (8.9), helping Grove City rank second in the PAC in scoring defense, allowing 61.4 points per game.
Thomas More freshman guard Madison Temple was named the PAC’s Freshman of the Year award.
Temple currently leads the PAC in field goal percentage (56.9%), three-point field goal percentage (47.4%), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) and 13th in scoring average (12.2 points per game).
The conference also announced the All-Conference teams, which are as follows:
Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) 2015-16 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Teams
|Kathryn Erbelding||Grove City College||F||5-10||Sr.||Rochester, N.Y./Greece Olympia|
|Nikki Kiernan||Thomas More College||F||5-10||So.||Cold Spring, Ky./Newport Central Catholic|
|Sydney Moss||Thomas More College||G/F||5-10||Sr.||St. Albans, W.Va./Boone County (Ky.)|
|Abby Owings||Thomas More College||G||5-2||So.||Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton|
|Beka Bellhy||Washington & Jefferson College||G/F||5-9||Sr.||McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry|
|Heidi Mann||Geneva College||G||5-7||Sr.||Colorado Springs, Colo./Evangelical Christian Academy|
|Mara Benvenuti||Saint Vincent College||G||5-9||Jr.||Franklin, Pa./Franklin|
|Madison Temple||Thomas More College||G||6-0||Fr.||Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson|
|Rachel Bellhy||Washington & Jefferson College||G||5-9||So.||McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry|
|Addy Knetzer||Waynesburg University||F||5-11||So.||Houston, Pa./Chartiers-Houston|
Photo Credit: Washington and Jefferson College