UST women's hoops punches ticket to Final Four

Lucia Renikoff scored a game-high 22 points on Saturday night.
Lucia Renikoff scored a game-high 22 points on Saturday night.

SAINT PAUL -- The University of St. Thomas women's basketball team (30-1) defeated Wartburg College (27-3), 85-56, at Schoenecker Arena in St. Paul, Minn. on Saturday night to advance to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Final Four. It will be the team's third Final Four appearance in the last eight seasons and the program's seventh since 1991.

The Tommies avenged their only loss of the season - a 20-point defeat at the hands of the Knights back in December - by tying a school record with 16 three-point baskets in the game. The win capped a perfect 17-0 record at home this season and extended the Toms' home win streak to 28 consecutive games. Senior guard Lucia Renikoff accounted for five of the team's 16 threes, finishing with a game-high 22 points. Seven different Tommies connected from long-range in the contest.

After defeating two-time defending national champion Amherst on Friday and 2018 Final Four participant Wartburg on Saturday, the Tommies will head to Salem, Va. for a March 15 matchup with last year's national runner-up, Bowdoin College (30-1). Tipoff is tentatively set for 4:00 p.m. CDT on Friday. On the other side of the bracket, top-ranked Thomas More (31-0) - also a 2018 Final Four qualifier - will square off with Scranton (29-2) at 6:30 p.m. CDT on Friday. The two semifinal winners will meet at 6:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, March 16 in the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Championship.

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