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Thomas More's Neal is Coach of the Year

Thomas More College head women's basketball coach Brian Neal has been named Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Coach of the Year and four Saints have been named All-PAC by the conference's head coaches.

Neal, in his seventh season at Thomas More, has led the Saints to a 28-0 record and a sixth straight season with at least a share of the PAC regular season title and a fifth straight PAC Championship Tournament title.  He is 169-30 (.849) in his seven seasons on the Saints' sidelines.

The Saints will also host NCAA Division III first and second round games at the Connor Convocation Center starting March 4th.

Two Saints were named first team All-PAC as senior center Nicole Dickman (Park Hills, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) and sophomore guard Chelsea Tolliver (Morning View, Ky./Simon Kenton) were both named to the team.  Dickman, a three-time first team honoree, leads the team and is fourth in the PAC in scoring with 372 points for an average of points per game, is second in rebounding with 7.4 rebounds per game and blocks with 35.  She also has 34 assists and 23 steals and was named PAC Player of the Week two times this season.  Tolliver is second on the team in scoring with 371 points for an average of 13.3 ppg., and is first in steals with 48.  She is shooting 48.6 percent from the field on 141-of-290 shooting from the floor and earned PAC Player of the Week on December 6.  Tolliver also has 49 assists, four blocked shots and averages 2.2 rpg.

Sophomore guard Allison Long (Hebron, Ky./Conner) was named to the second team after being named honorable mention last season  She leads the PAC in field goal percentage as she is 50 percent from the field and is first in the PAC in three-point field percentage as she is 40.6 percent from behind the arc.  Long leads the team in assiss with 80 and is third in scoring with 8.6 ppg.  Sophomore forward/center Katie Kees (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) as named honorable mention.  She led the team in rebounding with 7.6 rpg and blocked shots with 60, which ranked second in the PAC.  Kees also averaged 5.3 ppg, and had 30 steals and 41 assists.

 

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