Friday, February 24, 2012

The Big Game 2-23-12: St. Thomas, Gustavus Women Advance in MIAC

#1 and #2 advanced at home to Saturday's MIAC women's championship game. It will be #2 Gustavus visiting #1 St. Thomas.

Gustavus defeated Concordia (Moorhead) 61-49 last night, while the Tommies beat St. Mary's 58-45.

Concordia led Gustavus 21-18 when the Gusties closed the 1st half on a 9-2 run, then opened the 2nd half with an additional 17-2 for their largest lead at 44-25. St. Mary's got within 51-40 but no closer. Abby Rothenbuhler paced the Gusties with 18 points, 7 boards and a block. Gustavus starting guards, Molly Geske and Colleen Riane,  connitted to no turnovers between them.

St. Thomas took early leads of 12-4 and 16-8 before St. Mary's camd back to within 16-15. But a 12-3 run made it 28-18 St. Thomas, and the Tommies never looked back. The largest lead with 13 at 58-45. Taylor Young scored 21 points with 9 rebounds, while Maggie Weiers added 14 and 7. Jessie Thone led the Cardinals with 16 points, 3 assists but 7 turnovers.

Gustavus visits St. Thomas Saturday at 3 for the post-season conference title and the right to continue fighting for a slot in the NCAA D3 tournament.

Player of the Day

Madison Guebert scored 30 points for Eastview in its 69-49 win over Lakeville South.

Coach of the Day

Ruth Sinn, St. Thomas women

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