BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – For the second consecutive year, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Basketball Championship Game will feature the University of St. Thomas hosting Gustavus Adolphus College.
St. Thomas rolled to a 65-44 win at home over No. 5 seed Saint Mary's on Wednesday to advance to the title game, while No. 3 seed Gustavus answered the bell in St. Joseph, taking down No. 2 seed Saint Benedict, 61-53, in the other semifinal matchup.
The top-seeded Tommies will try for their seventh consecutive MIAC Playoff title when they host the Gusties in the 2018 MIAC Women's Basketball Playoff Championship Game on Saturday. Tipoff is tentatively scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
NO. 3 GUSTAVUS 61, NO. 2 SAINT BENEDICT 53 | Box Score |
Saint Benedict post Niki Fokken put forth a 20-point effort but it was not enough to propel CSB past the balanced attack of Gustavus, who used 26 points off turnovers to take down the No. 2 seed and get back to the MIAC title game. Junior guard Justine Lee led the Gusties with 16 points, while seniors Mikayla Miller and Miranda Rice pitched in 13 and 12, respectively. Gustavus never trailed in the contest, avenging a 62-66 loss in St. Joseph just eight days ago. The Gusties will now try to exorcise another demon on Saturday when they face off with the team that once again stands between them and an automatic NCAA Tournament qualifier, the University of St. Thomas. Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m.
NO. 1 ST. THOMAS 65, NO. 5 SAINT MARY'S 44 | Box Score |
Sophomore center Elsa Anderson made the most of her opportunity while filling in for injured starter Hannah Spaulding, connecting on 7-of-8 shots from the floor along with her only free throw attempt for a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double as the Tommies cruised to a 65-44 victory over Saint Mary's in the MIAC Semifinals on Thursday. Junior guard Lucia Renikoff also came up big in the Toms' win, logging 13 points and 10 boards, while first-year swing player Kaia Porter logged 11 points off the bench. The Cardinals got double-figure point production from their usual suspects, as Shayley Vesel and Alexa Huisman each scored 12, while junior forward Brandi Blattner came up one rebound shy of her 13th double-double of the year with 11 points and nine boards. The Tommies will be back at home on Saturday as they welcome No. 3 seed Gustavus to Schoenecker Arena in a rematch of last season's title game.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SET FOR SATURDAY
Gustavus and St. Thomas will meet on Saturday, February 24, in the 2018 MIAC Women's Basketball Playoff Championship game. The game is tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m. The MIAC Playoff champion will receive the postseason championship plaque and the Conference's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament.
The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2018 MIAC Women's Basketball Playoffs, containing schedules, links and information on each of the six teams in the field. Throughout the tournament, the page will be updated with scores, stats, updated schedules and more. Fans can also follow the action on the MIAC Scoreboard, the free MIAC mobile app or the MIAC's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts.
Championship | Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 | 3 p.m. |
No. 3 Gustavus at No. 1 St. Thomas