The St. Thomas women lost for the 3rd straight game (and 4th of 6) to fall into a tie for 4th place in the MIAC. These are the same Tommies who came into the season as prohibitive favorites after finishing 22-0 in the conference a year ago, 31-2 overall with 30 straight wins, and a trip to the D3 Final Four. They started this season 11-1, 9-0 in the MIAC and rated as high as #3 nationally. Suddenly St. Thomas had lost 3 games at St. Ben's, at Concordia and at St. Mary's. All 3 losses not only came on the road, but to the top 3 teams in the conference standings as of today.
Now comes a shocking loss at home to 6th place Hamline (8-7). The Pipers took an early 20-11 lead, but the Tommies came back to within 3 at the half and took the lead 38-36 at 12:13. But Hamline scored the next 13 points, 8 of them by Steph Pilgrim, and the Tommies never got closer than 8.
Each team had 13 turnovers, yet Hamline out-scored St. Thomas 19-3 on points off turnovers. The offensive boards were 18-11 Hamline and the 2nd chance points 15-8 Hamline.
Maggie Weiers remains out with an injury for St. Thomas. Taylor Young is back from early injury troubles, but fouled out with 0 points, 4 boards and 4 turnovers.
Meanwhile the top high school game of the day saw the Maranatha girls win at Upsala 70-68 despite 28 points by Upsala's Aimee Pelzer.
Player of the Day: Taylor Hall, Bethel men, 6-8, senior forward, scored 37 points and added 14 boards, 4 assists and 3 blocks as Royals edged Carleton 74-73. Bethel is now 8-6 in the conference, Carleton 7-6.
The high school player of the day is Graham Woodward of Edina who scored 33 in a 78-68 win over St. Paul Johnson.
Coach of the Day: Paul Fessler, Concordia (St. Paul) women, who won their 5th straight, and took over sole possession of 1st place in the Southern Division at 11-3 as Augustana lost at Mankato State 78-73 to drop to 10-4. St. Cloud leads the North at 10-4.
The high school coaches of the day are Dave Thorson and Faith Johnson Patterson of DeLaSalle, who swept Eden Prairie 77-60 (boys) and 78-57 (girls).