Yesterday we reported that the #2 seeded Gustavus women will travel to #1 St. Thomas to challenge the Tommies for the MIAC post-season title and an automatic bid into the NCAA D3 tournament.
Today we can report that the #2 seeded Gustavus men will travel to #1 St. Thomas to challenge the Tommies for the MIAC post-season title and an automatic bid into the NCAA D3 tournament.
The women play on Saturday, the men on Sunday. If only there was some flexibility to reschedule this as a double-header, now that would be something to see.
And now we can also report that the St. Thomas women have indeed won the MIAC post-season title to go with their regular season title, and they've also earned the MIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA D3 playoffs. It is unlikely, based on recent history, that a 2nd MIAC team will get a bid, but time will tell.
For now, the Tommies are the story. beating Gustavus 66-54 today at St. Thomas. The Tommies led 38-18 in the 1st half before the Gusties scored the last 5 points of the half to trail 38-23 at intermission. Gustavus took the momentum in the 2nd half and got within 5 of the Tommies, but ran out of energy and time.
Maggie Weiers led the Tommies with 18 points and 19 boards. Sara Smith added 16 and 10, as the Tommies dominated inside. St. Thomas shot 44 percent from the field to 33 percent for Gustavus, and the Tommies dominated on the boards, too, 47-29.
Player of the Day
Anders Broman scored 71 points as Lakeview Christian lost to Melrose 114-110.
Coach of the Day
Ruth Sinn, St. Thomas women, who advance to the NCAA tournament at 26-1