St. Thomas' unbeaten season in women's basketball came to an end Friday afternoon.
Tufts of Medford, Mass., rallied to edge the Tommies 60-57 in the NCAA Division II semifinals at Van Noord Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.
St. Thomas went into the game 31-0 and ranked No. 2.
Jacqueline Knapp's three-pointer with 32 seconds left put Tufts ahead 58-55. Lucia Renikoff's basket with 11 seconds for St. Thomas cut the lead to one.
After No 4 Tufts (30-2) made two free throws on two trips to the line, Renikoff missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Jumbos, who were outrebounded 46-22, sank three three-pointers and made a conventional three-point play during a game-closing 19-4 run over the final 5:16.
"Give Tufts credit," St. Thomas coach Ruth Sinn said. "They had their backs against the wall and they made great plays in the end."
Kaitlin Langer led St. Thomas with 20 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. Renikoff had 12 points, but nobody else had more than six.
Melissa Baptista led Tufts with 16 points and had four of its 12 steals.
The Tommies were only 3-for-13 on threes and committed 20 turnovers to Tufts' nine.
"We obviously did not want to see it end this way," said Paige Gernes of the Tommies.
Roxbury 83, Anoka-Ramsey 71: The Tigers of Roxbury Crossing, Mass., won their 10th game in a row, beating the Golden Rams (20-9) in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division III national tournament in Utica, N.Y. Roxbury is the defending champion.