Junior wing Kelly Brandenburg had 15 points, six rebounds and four steals as St. Thomas (Minn.) overcame another obstacle on Saturday with a 53-52 road victory against Cornell College.
Neither team scored in the final two minutes of the game. St. Thomas (24-5) used a defensive stop on a missed 3-pointer in the closing seconds and rebounded the potential game-winning shot to secure the second-round NCAA playoff win.
Just 24 hours earlier on the same court, the Tommies used a 9-0 game-closing run in the final two minutes to upend Calvin 64-62.
The Tommies ran their season winning streak to 11 and improved their postseason record to 11-1 during the past two seasons. Kellie Ring added 10 points and Jenna Dockter scored nine.
UST had an 11-0 edge in bench points to help pull out the victory. The Tommies had only 12 turnovers but converted just 34 percent from the floor. They were outrebounded 46-31 but helped hold the Rams (24-2) to 35 percent shooting and helped force 23 Cornell turnovers.
For the Rams, Rikki Muloy had 16 points and Taylor Dicus had 10 points and 15 rebounds.