Senior All-America center Kaitlin Langer had another banner night with 21 points, nine boards, seven assists and three blocks and No. 5-ranked St. Thomas (10-0) outscored the host team 13-7 over the last 8:00 in Friday's 67-63 comeback road victory at the Bluffton (Ohio) tournament.
Langer was named MVP of the four-team tourney as she averaged 23 points and 9.5 boards in two victories. She was joined on the five-player All-Tournament team by Gabby Zehrer.
Sophomore Lucia Renikoff matched her career high with 16 points, helping the Toms post a 23-2 advantage in bench points.
Maddie Wolkow added eight of her 11 points in the second half.
The Tommies extended their regular-season win streak to 22 and ended No. 24-ranked Bluffton's home-court win streak at 20.
Coach Ruth Sinn's Toms watched a 13-0 Bluffton run build a seven-point first-quarter lead. The host team still led 37-33 at halftime and later went ahead 44-36 before a 15-6 UST run let it regain the lead.
Five different players scored in St. Thomas' game-closing 13-7 run over the final 8:00. UST's defensive pressure helped limit Bluffton to 26 points and 31-percent shooting in the second half (8-of-26).
St. Thomas returns to action Wed. Jan. 4 at home against 9-2 Bethel.
Senior All-America center Kaitlin Langer recorded 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 5-ranked St. Thomas (9-0) to a 78-67 victory over No. 7-ranked Hope (11-1) in a battle of Division III women's basketball unbeatens Thursday at the Bluffton (Ohio) tournament.
UST coach Ruth Sinn won her 250th game in 12 seasons with the Tommies (250-75), including a 65-5 record the last three seasons. The Toms have won 21 consecutive regular-season games and 15 games in a row away from Schoenecker Arena.
Langer posted her 18th career double double in points and rebounds.
Hope built a 29-17 lead early in the second quarter. But a 37-13 mid-game run by UST in the second and third quarters swung momentum. Hope never got closer than six in the final quarter.
The Dutch came in averaging 84 points a game but were limited to 67 by the Toms. UST outrebounded Hope 41-35 and that led to its 17-8 edge in second-chance points.
The Toms play host Bluffton (8-1) in Friday's championship game. Bluffton scored a 53-35 win over Centre.