BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – It will be No. 1 versus No. 2 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Basketball Playoff Championship Game, as top-seeded St. Thomas will host the No. 2 seed Augsburg Auggies with a trip to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
St. Thomas distanced itself from No. 5 seed Gustavus in the second half to claim a 64-39 victory over the Gusties, while Augsburg battled Bethel tooth and nail for 40 minutes, eventually claiming a well-earned 79-70 victory against the Royals. St. Thomas will host the championship game at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The Tommies are now headed to their tenth consecutive MIAC Women's Basketball Playoff Championship Game, where UST is 8-1 since 2010, while the Auggies have advanced to their first MIAC Playoff Championship in program history.
NO. 1 ST. THOMAS 64, NO. 5 GUSTAVUS 39 | Box Score |
The top-seeded Tommies rolled to a 64-39 victory over No. 5 seed Gustavus on Thursday night. Senior guard Lucia Renikoff scored a game-high 18 points - 12 of which came by way of three-pointers - while center Hannah Spaulding pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Tommies to victory. The game was closer than the score would indicate, as the two teams traded the lead six times and the Gusties holding a five-point lead midway through the second quarter. St. Thomas pulled away in the second half, though, outscoring the Gusties 41-19 in the final two frames. Sophomore guard Ava Gonsorowski led Gustavus with 14 points in the game.
NO. 2 AUGSBURG, NO. 3 BETHEL | Box Score |
A career-high 33 points from junior guard Tamira McLemore propelled No. 2 seeded Augsburg to its first-ever MIAC Playoff championship game, as the Auggies defeated No. 3 Bethel, 79-70, on Thursday night. McLemore finished the game 11-for-18 from the field with 15 of her 33 points coming from beyond the arc. She was also a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line - a statistic that ended up being the difference in the game for Augsburg, which scored 10 of its final 12 points on foul shots and connected on a total of 22-of-26 free throws in the game against a 14-for-24 mark for the Royals. Both Hannah Johnson and Taite Anderson scored 20-plus points for Bethel, with Johnson leading the way by contributing a 24-point, 12-rebound double-double in possibly her final game as a Royal.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SET FOR SATURDAY
No. 1 St. Thomas and No. 2 Augsburg will meet in St. Paul on Saturday, February 23, in the 2019 MIAC Women's Basketball Playoff Championship game. The game is tentatively scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at St. Thomas. The MIAC Playoff champion will receive the postseason championship plaque and the Conference's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament.
The MIAC has a homepage dedicated to the 2019 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, on the free MIAC mobile app, and on social media through the MIAC's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
2019 MIAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals | Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 |
No. 3 Bethel 66, No. 6 Saint Mary's 52 | Box Score | Recap |
No. 5 Gustavus 73, No. 4 Saint Benedict 43 | Box Score | Recap |
Championship | Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 |
No. 2 Augsburg at No. 1 St. Thomas | 3:00 PM | Stat/Video Links Available on Game Day |
GAME TIMES ARE TENTATIVE