BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The 2018-19 men's and women's basketball and women's hockey seasons wrapped up for NCAA Division III teams on Saturday and three Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) programs earned the privilege of participating in championship weekend.
The Hamline women's hockey team finished its 2018-19 season as the national runner-up, falling to Plattsburgh State, 4-0, in the national championship game on Saturday night. The Pipers became the first team in MIAC history to reach the women's hockey national championship and the first program in Hamline history to contend for an NCAA Division III title. HU finished the year with a 23-4-3 record, while junior forward Bre Simon earned National Player of the Year honors as the 2019 recipient of the AHCA Laura Hurd Award.
St. Thomas had a pair of teams competing over the weekend, with the Tommies' women's basketball team concluding its season in the Final Four on Friday, while the women's hockey squad finished its year in the Frozen Four with games on Friday and Saturday. In hoops, UST came up just short in the national semifinals, dropping a 71-60 decision against No. 3-ranked Bowdoin College on Friday. In hockey, St. Thomas fell to Hamline in the semifinals on Friday and suffered a tough 1-0 loss to Adrian in the third-place game on Saturday.
The last of the MIAC winter sports will wrap up next week with the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. The Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. will host the 2019 NCAA Championships from March 20-23.