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Women's basketball picks up road win, remains unbeaten in MIAC

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

Junior center Hannah Spaulding had 26 points and 12 rebounds and junior guard Kaylie Brazil scored a career-best 20 points to lead No. 13-ranked St. Thomas to a 63-51 road victory over third-place Bethel in Wednesday night's MIAC women's basketball play in Arden Hills.

The Tommies (14-2 overall, 9-0 MIAC), who remain in a share of the MIAC lead with St. Ben's, have won 43 consecutive games against conference opponents and 24 in a row on the road dating back three seasons. They swept the regular-season series against the Royals (11-5, 6-3) and ended BU's eight-game win streak.

The Toms led 42-19 at halftime and were still ahead 54-33 after three quarters before going cold. Bethel used an 18-4 run to climb within 58-51 with just under 3:00 remaining. But BU missed two shots and had a turnover on its final three possessions down the stretch.

UST shot 47 percent from the floor, had only 12 turnovers, and outscored the host team 18-6 from 3-point range.

St. Thomas plays Saturday at St. Ben's in a battle of conference unbeatens.