SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Sophomore Taylor Young scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half as No. 15 St. Thomas (Minn.) avoided the upset bug and rallied for a 51-46 win against visiting Macalester in MIAC play on Monday.
St. Thomas (18-1 overall, 16-0 MIAC) ran its win streak to 18 despite a poor shooting night from the field and the line.
UST’s Sarah Smith chipped in 14 points and six rebounds, and Maggie Weiers added eight points and six boards.
Maggie Wood led the Scots (8-11, 6-11) with 13 points.
UST kept its two-game lead ahead of Gustavus atop the conference standings wih six games to go. St. Thomas also secured an MIAC playoff spot and is already assured of a top-four playoff seed.
The Tommies used a 14-0 mid-game run to erase a nine-point deficit late in the first half. The second half had five ties and three lead changes.
Macalester took a 41-38 lead with 6:22 left on Wood’s 3-pointer.
The game was knotted at 44-44 but the Toms closed the game on a 7-2 run and made 4-of-4 free throws in the final 41 seconds. Young made both ends of a 1-and-1 situation to build the lead to five with 41 seconds to play. Ali Johnson made both ends of a 1-and-1 with 14 second left and UST leading by three.