Tommie seniors go out in style, blitz Amherst

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Senior guard Ali Johnson scored 20 of her career-high 24 points in the first half and tied her own school record with six 3-pointers as the No. 12-ranked Tommies (31-2) pulled away to beat No. 1-ranked Amherst (32-2) in Saturday's third-place game at the women's basketball Final Four in Holland, Mich.

Maggie Weiers added 21 points for UST, which held the Jeffs to just 32 percent shooting from the field. Johnson closed her career with 175 3-pointers.

The Tommies' 31 wins are the most in one season by a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team in the last 30 years. St. Thomas is now 5-0 all-time on Saturdays in the Final Four with one championship and four third-place finishes.

The 87 points were the most scored on Amherst in the last six seasons. UST knocked down 31-of-37 free throws and had a 24-8 advantage in bench points.

The Toms used an early 21-2 run to build a 28-12 lead. Amherst pulled within nine points early in the second half, but a 16-5 Tommie run midway through the second half pushed the lead past 20.

Lematanga McCormick led Amherst with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

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