Senior Lucia Renikoff sank four 3-pointers and closed with a game-high 18 points and the host and top-seeded Tommies used a 15-0 mid-game run en route to Thursday night's 64-39 win over fifth-seed Gustavus in MIAC women's basketball semifinal playoff action at Schoenecker Arena.
The No. 3-ranked Tommies (25-1), who ran their home-court win streak to 23, will host Saturday's 3 p.m. championship game against either second-seed Augsburg or third-seed Bethel.
The Toms shot only 29 percent from the field in the first two quarters (9-of-31), then converted 64 percent over the final 20:00 (18-of-28). Coach Ruth Sinn's team had a 19-5 advantage in bench points, led by 12 from freshman center Brynne Rolland.
The Tommies trailed 20-15 with just under 6:00 left in the second quarter but closed the half on an 8-0 run for a 23-20 halftime lead. They outscored Gustavus 20-7 in the third period to take control.
Ava Gonsorowski had 14 points and Kendall Thompson finshed with 12 points and five steals for the Gusties (15-12).