Saturday women's wrap: Saving the best for last

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Sally Linzmeier and UW-Superior saved their best season in the WIAC for their last. The Yellowjackets join the UMAC next year.
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UW-Superior made program history, despite a loss, and Dubuque did the same with a win in their regular season finales.

Jamie Destache hit a jumper with 0.2 seconds left to lift UW-Stevens Point over UW-Superior 58-56, temporarily denying the Yellowjackets a chance to win their first WIAC title outright. But UW-Eau Claire beat No. 24 UW-Oshkosh 64-61 on Saturday night, leaving Superior alone in first to end the regular season. Courtney Lewis led the Blugolds with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

UW-Superior's first WIAC championship will also be its last. The Yellowjackets are moving to the UMAC next season.

Dubuque also made program history by beating Luther 94-81 to capture its first IIAC title. The Spartans went on a 21-2 run midway through the second half to pull away from Luther and coasted from there. Jenna Kotas scored 22 points and Emily Brinker added 25 off the Dubuque bench.

One day after No. 3 George Fox completed a perfect regular season, three more teams did the same.

No. 1 Thomas More rolled over second place St. Vincent 91-59 as Sydney Moss scored 40 points for the Saints, who are 100-2 in Presidents' Athletic Conference since 2009. No.2 St. Thomas had no problem with Hamline as Maggie Weiers tallied 17 points and 17 rebounds in an 81-47 victory. No. 3 Calvin got 42 points from its reserves and defeated Kalamazoo 85-71.

No. 21 Puget Sound defeated No. 20 Whitworth 82-78 and hopped over the Pirates in the NWC standings. The teams will meet again in five days when the Loggers host Whitworth in the NWC semifinals. No. 8 DePauw held off Ohio Wesleyan 74-69 to finish a perfect run through the NCAC regular season for the third time in four seasons. No. 10 Texas-Tyler eased past Louisiana College 100-73 on the Patriots' Senior Day and finished a perfect run through the ASC.

MIT leapt out to a 29-9 lead, but Coast Guard followed with a 32-12 run to tie the game at 41-41, then rallied from another nine-point deficit, finishing the game on a 17-5 run to defeat the Engineers 58-55. The Bears improved to 18-7, 12-4 in the NEWMAC, clinching the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.

Conference playoffs: NESCAC top four advance

Amanni Fernandez and Williams scored just enough to advance past Connecticut College.
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Williams rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit and edged Connecticut College while the three ranked NESCAC teams cruised into the semifinals. Devon Caveney made a layup with 2:34 left to put the Ephs up 45-41. Carlee Smith made a three for the Camels on their next possession, but that the teams went scoreless the rest of the way.

No. 5 Tufts needed overtime to beat Hamilton earlier this month, but the Jumbos had an easier time in the NESCAC tournament. Tufts defeated Hamilton 64-43 with Michela North notching 12 points and 14 rebounds. Sam Graber scored 23 points for the Continentals.

TCNJ made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off William Paterson 63-61 in the NJAC first round. Kylie O'Donnell scored 14 points and went 7-for-11 from the free throw line for the Lions.

Three of the top four seeds advanced through the CUNYAC quarterfinals. Hunter made three free throws in the final 17 seconds of its game at Lehman, and the fifth-seeded Hawks advanced, 57-54.

Top-seed Wisconsin Lutheran rolled past Aurora 71-48 in the NACC quarterfinals. Kristen Schulz had 37 points in 36 minutes for the Warriors.