Saturday women: Ranked and rolling

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Hannah Spaulding racked up 23 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks for St. Thomas on Saturday.
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No. 11 St. Thomas, No. 17 Scranton and No. 20 Juniata beat conference contenders on Saturday as the Top 25 teams pushed their record to a 43-1 this week.

St. Thomas rolled over St. Benedict 77-52 in the matchup of MIAC co-leaders. The Tommies (15-2, 10-0) used a 23-5 run spanning the third and fourth quarter to wrap up their 44th consecutive win against a conference opponent. With Regis' loss on Thursday night, St. Thomas has second the longest active conference game win streak behind No. 5 Thomas More. The Saints easily beat Grove City 101-60 and extended their streak to 92 straight regular season wins in the PAC, not including the wins vacated during the 2014-15 season.

No. 1 Amherst held Hamilton to six points in the first quarter and two in the fourth quarter, and the Mammoths blitzed the Continentals 72-34. Amherst has won 50 consecutive games, including its run through the NESCAC and NCAA Tournaments last season.

Scranton used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from Catholic, 62-50. Leading by one after three quarters the Lady Royals outscored the Cardinals 21-10 in the final period. Makenzie Mason led Scranton in points, rebounds and assists. Juniata stayed a half-game in front of Scranton with a 74-61 win over Moravian. Morgan Instone had 16 points and 10 rebounds in just 19 minutes for the Eagles (16-1, 5-1).

It looked like the Top 25 teams would have a chance for a perfect week until UW-La Crosse knocked off No. 14 UW-Whitewater 66-62. Dani Craig nailed a three-pointer with 1:10 to play to snap a 57-all tie and the Eagles (11-6, 4-2) made enough free throws down the stretch to hold off the Warhawks. 

No. 16 Muhlenberg erased a seven-point halftime deficit and rallied past Johns Hopkins 64-59. Brandi Vallely posted 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Mules (15-1, 10-1). Gettysburg had no trouble keeping pace in the Centennial Conference race as the Bullets cruised past Washington College, 68-45.

Outside the Top 25, Guilford moved into a tie for first place in the ODAC with a win over Eastern Mennonite and some help. The Quakers (12-3, 6-2) defeated Eastern Mennonite 68-43 behind Jasmine McBride's career-high 17 points. Then Randolph-Macon knocked off ODAC leader Lynchburg 71-59 for Carroll LaHaye's 600th win as a head coach. Those three teams are now tied for first at 6-2 with three more teams just one game back.