Concordia (Moorhead) pulled away from a 29-29 half-time tie to defeat St. Ben's 64-48, while St. Thomas never trailed St. Mary's in winning 69-60 in MIAC women's semi-final games Thursday night.
Concordia went on a 19-3 run midway in the 2nd half to ice it. Tricia Sorenson scored 19 points with 8 boards, while Alexandra Lippert also came up big with 17 points, 9 boards and 2 blocks. The Cobbers dominated the offensive glass 12-3 with 14 2nd chance points to just 6 for St. Ben's.
St. Thomas also used a big 2nd half run to stretch a 57-56 lead to 69-56 at 1:01. Jenna Dockter scored 19 for the Tommies, including a pair of buckets to launch that 12-0 run. Anna Smith had 14, 9 boards and 4 assists. Jamie Stefely scored 17 for St. Mary's.
Player of the Day: Rachel Banham hit the game winner at :02 as the Minnesota Gopher women completed their 1st ever season sweep of Ohio State 57-56. The Gophers had a 5 point lead and the ball with 24 seconds remaining, but turned it over twice at :24 and :17. The Buckeyes' Raven Ferguson hit a pair of 3s to give OSU its 1st lead since 6-4, but then Banham scored her 16th and 17th points of the night.
Coach of the Day: Chad Ostermann, picking up where Tim Anderson left off, led the #5 Maple River boys to a 62-61 win at #4 St. Peter.