All-America center Kaitlin Langer had 15 points and seven rebounds and started a game-closing 17-4 run over the final nine minutes as the No. 2-ranked Tommies held off unranked Marymount (Va.) 62-55 in Friday night’s NCAA Division III women’s basketball game at Schoenecker Arena.
Next St. Thomas (30-0) will play No. 16-ranked Whitman (Wash.) (26-4) at 7 p.m. Saturday for a berth in the national semifinals. Whitman defeated once-beaten Trinity (Tex.) 69-59.
Marymount used a 12-0 run, highlighted by a half-court three-pointer to take a 51-45 lead into the fourth quarter. That was St. Thomas’ largest fourth-quarter deficit of the season.
Langer scored the first five points of a 10-0 run that put the Tommies ahead to stay at 55-51.
The Saints pulled within 57-54 on a three-pointer, but Paige Gernes answered with 1:11 to play. Gernes had made just 11 three-point baskets in her first 86 career games but was 3-for-3 beyond the arc against the Saints.
Central Missouri 56, MSU Moorhead 45: The Jennies (24-6) defeated the Dragons in an NCAA Division II Central Region opener in Searcy, Ark. Megan Skaggs had 17 points and Ashley Duffy 16 for Central Missouri.
Jacky Volkert led MSU Moorhead with 22 points while Drew Sannes had 16. MSU Moorhead was within 49-45 on Sannes’ jumper with 3:31 left to play, but the Jennies closed the game with a 7-0 run.
One key statistic was three-point shooting: The Jennies were 5-for-25 from behind the arc, the Dragons 0-for-17.
Emporia State 71, Northern State 68: Miranda Ristau scored 22 points and Jill Conrad had 19, but the Wolves (24-7) lost to the Hornets (28-4) in a regional game in Searcy, Ark.