MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — Sophomore Jenna Dockter scored a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to play, capping a game-closing 9-0 run, to lead St. Thomas (Minn.) to a 64-62 win against Calvin in Friday’s first-round playoff game.
Calvin (23-4), which missed a potential tying shot in the closing seconds, was held scoreless during the final two minutes.
The Tommies (23-5), who won their 10th game in a row, advanced to Saturday’s game against the winner of Cornell College versus St. Scholastica. St. Thomas improved to 10-1 in postseason games during the past two seasons.
Taylor Young scored 19 points, Dockter had 15 points and Kellie Ring added 10 points and five rebounds. Kelly Brandenburg played 39 minutes and chipped in eight points and nine rebounds. UST shot 46 percent and had only 12 turnovers.
A 9-0 Calvin run built a 62-55 lead with 2:07 to go. Ring’s 3-pointer started the Tommies’ comeback. Dockter had made just 13 3-pointers this season before drilling the go-ahead basket.
UST avenged a 78-72 season-opening defeat to the Knights.
St. Thomas overcame a 23-point, 12-rebound game by Calvin standout Carissa Verkaik and the Knights’ 36-26 rebounding advantage.