St. Thomas, Bethel women make final

The St. Thomas women's basketball didn't show any rust after enjoying a first-round bye in the MIAC playoffs. The top-seeded Tommies built a 21-point lead in the first half en route to their 26th consecutive victory, beating sixth-seeded Augsburg 63-39 on Thursday night in the conference semifinals.

Katie Stone scored 19 points, making five three-pointers for St. Thomas (26-0). Jessica Lilliquist scored 14 points for Augsburg (15-12).

The Tommies play host to Bethel (21-5) in Saturday's championship game, after the No. 2-seeded Royals beat No. 4-seeded St. Mary's 72-56 Thursday behind Rachel Parupsky's 21 points and 14 rebounds.


• ALMOST PERFECT: Laurin Mincy scored a career-high 28 points and No. 5 Maryland (26-2, 17-0) defeated Indiana (14-14, 4-13) 83-27 to move within one victory of completing a perfect Big Ten regular season.

• DOOLITTLE, IOWA SURVIVE: Hill-Murray product Bethany Doolittle scored 22 points, Samantha Logic finished an assist short of a triple-double and No. 17 Iowa (22-6, 13-4) held off visiting Wisconsin (8-19, 4-13) 78-74.

• NORTHWESTERN ROLLS: Ashley Deary scored 19 points and No. 25 and host Northwestern (22-6, 12-5) had five players in double-figure scoring to win its eighth in a row, beating No. 20 Rutgers (20-8, 11-6) 80-60.

• BUCKEYES COAST: Ameryst Alston scored 23 points and Ohio State (20-9, 12-5) beat host Penn State (6-22, 3-14) 88-70.


• STALLINGS APOLOGIZES AFTER OUTBURST: Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings apologized Thursday night for an "inappropriate comment" after television cameras caught him yelling at Commodores guard Wade Baldwin following a 73-65 victory over Tennessee. Baldwin clapped in the face of Tennessee forward Armani Moore after the game. During postgame handshakes, television replays showed that Stallings appeared to shout obscenities and say that he could "kill" Baldwin. In a university statement, Stallings said that "one of our players acted inappropriately and violated what we believe to be is good sportsmanship following the game. In my haste to resolve the situation, I made a very inappropriate comment. While obviously it was not meant literally, it was still inappropriate. I apologized to the player immediately following the game."