The St. Thomas Aquinas College women's basketball team fell to a 79-73 defeat against LIU Post in the East Coast Conference semi-finals at the University of Bridgeport. The Spartans fall to 26-4 on the season and will await word from the NCAA on an at-large bid to this year's tournament, while the Pioneers stay alive at 19-11, advancing to tomorrow's final against either Daemen or NYIT.
Both teams came out firing in a high-energy start but Post carried the momentum to a 25-18 advantage after one quarter. Missy Sadler's layup with 5:49 left in the half brought the Spartans to within 32-28, but Taylah Hudson scored to put the cap on a 6-0 run to end the quarter, giving LIUP a 45-31 gap at halftime.
STAC immediately captured the momentum in the third as a Sadler three-point play narrowed the score to 46-40. Asia Turner answered with a three, but the Spartans rolled off the next 11 straight, with Emily Preston giving her team a 51-49 edge with 4:27 left in the third. The battle was engaged from there with the teams exchanging leads, culminating in the Pioneers holding a 60-59 advantage heading into the final quarter.
Neither team was able to gain any separation in the final session until Shannon Doyle's three gave Post a 74-70 cushion with 1:10 to go. From there, the Pioneers rode foul shooting down the stretch to the upset victory.