Summary

St. Thomas Upsets Wartburg, 67-41

WAVERLY, IOWA -- St. Thomas, making its 13th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III women's tournament, had little trouble getting under way, brushing aside Wartburg 67-41 in the first round of the West Region.

The contest was never in doubt as the Tommies jumped to a 27-8 lead in the first 14 minutes of the game.

Molly Hayden led UST with 18 points, while Missy Pederson added 14, Mary Thomes 11 and Paige Olsen 10. No one made it into double figures for Wartburg as the Knights shot just 26.8% for the game, getting only five field goals in the first half and six in the second half. St. Thomas dominated the boards 38-27.
 

St. Thomas 41 26--67

Wartburg 19 22--41

St. Thomas--Hayden 18, Olson 10, Pederson 14, Miller 0, Schonhoff 1, Thomes 11, Newell 5, Halvorson 2, Case 2, Skryper 2, O'Connell 2.

Wartburg--Mason 7, Hinrichs 2, Phillmann 4, Bailey 7, Baethke 4, Hansen 2, Schoonover 5, Donohue 5, Fox 5.

Three-pointers--St. Thomas 3-10; Wartburg 0-3.

Millet's Buzzer-Beater Gives Pacific Lutheran Win

TACOMA, WASH. -- Tara Millet swished a 15-footer from the right side as the buzzer sounded, giving Pacific Lutheran a heart-stopping 56-54 victory over visiting California Lutheran in a first round game of the NCAA Tournament.

The West Region's No. 5-seeded Lutes, who improve to 20-5, travel to Indianola, Iowa March 6 for a second-round game against the regions No. 1 seed, Simpson College. California Lutheran, the No. 6 seed, ends its season with a 22-5 record.

With sophomore guard Nicole Sanchez scoring seven of her team's first nine points, the visiting Regals surged to the early lead and maintained that advantage throughout the first half. They hit 11-of-16 shots from the field, good for 69%, and led 33-29 at intermission. They held that advantage through much of the final 20 minutes, and it wasn't until Pacific Lutheran junior forward Holly Morgenthaler scored on a rebound basket that the Lutes took their first lead of the contest, 47-46, that coming with 5:10 remaining.

The teams exchanged baskets down the stretch until Sanchez hit a pair of foul shots to knot the game at 54-54 with 56 seconds remaining. With the partisan Pacific Lutheran crowd of 647 on its feet and screaming, the Cal Lutheran defense forced a shot clock violation from PLU, but then failed to convert an open shot on the other end. The Lutes got the rebound with eight seconds left, and after a timeout, Millet took a pass from Jessica Iserman and hit the game
winner.

While California Lutheran seemingly couldn't miss in the first half, it shot just 6-for-21 in the second half, or 28%. The Regals were impressive on defense, holding the Lutes to 34% shooting for the game, including 31% in the final half.

Sanchez was outstanding throughout the contest, hitting 7 of 9 shots from the field, including 2 of 3 from three-point range, on the way to a game-high 18 points. Cal Lutheran's season-long leading scorer and rebounder, Missy Rider, was solid with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Millet led her team with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Morganthaler and sophomore guard Lucy Barker each chipped in 10
points.

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN             33      21      --      54
PACIFIC LUTHERAN                29      27      --      56

CLU (54): Lindseth 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 1-6 5-8 7, Rider 4-7 2-3 10, Flores 2-4 0-2 4, Sanchez 7-9 2-2 18, Carpenter 1-2 2-2 4, Placido 1-5 0-0 5, Brady 0-2 6-6 6, Miller
0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-37 17-23 54.

PLU (56): Morgenthaler 4-7 2-2 10, Millet 5-14 2-2 12, Hahn 0-2 0-0 0, Franza 2-7 4-7 8, Barker 4-11 0-0 10, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Ruud 0-3 0-0 0, Rogers 0-0 0-0 0, Banks 1-1 1-2 3, Keatts 1-3 0-0 3, Iserman 2-10 4-7 8. Totals 20-59 13-20 56.


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(2) St. Benedict (25-1) 76  UST (22-4) 68

For the sixth time in eight years, St. Ben's is in the NCAA Sweet 16.  St. Ben's had four players score double figures on our way to a 53% shooting performance in today's 76-68 victory over St. Thomas.

DePauw College (Ind.) is St. Ben's  next opponent next Friday night . CSB is now 25-1 overall.