Kaitlin Langer D3 Hoops.Com National Player Of The Year
Kaitlin Langer – WBCA All American
Paige Gernes – WBCA Academic All American
Kaitlin Langer – M.I.A.C. Player Of The Year
Lauren Fisher – M.I.A.C. All Conference
Lucia Renikoff – M.I.A.C. All Conference
Gabby Zehrer – M.I.A.C. All Conference
Hannah Spaulding – M.I.A.C. 6th Player Of The Year
Coach Sinn – Western Region Coach Of the Year
Coach Sinn – M.I.A.C. Coach Of The Year
Final 4 Ends Tommies Season
Tufts – 60 St. Thomas – 57
The University of St. Thomas finished the 2016-2017 season with a 31-1 record after falling to Tufts in the D3 Final 4. It was a heartbreaking loss coming within one game of the National Championship. In a hard fought battle the Tommies came up short missing a 3 point attempt at the buzzer to tie the game. All American Kaitlin Langer finished with 20 points and 20 rebounds!
The Tommies finished the season ranked number 3 in the country. A great honor finishing 3rd out of 435 teams.
St. Thomas advances in NCAA Tournament
St. Thomas – 65 Whitman – 48
The University of St. Thomas defeated Whitman College 65-48 to advance to the DIII Final Four On March 17, at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The 2nd ranked Tommies 31-0 on the season will take on 4th ranked Tufts 29-2. Kaitlin Langer lead the way once again for the Tommies in the victory over Whitman. Langer pulled down 19 rebounds and scored 18 points in the victory. Lucia Renikof provided some stellar outside shooting adding 14 points in the victory.
The Tommies last appeared in the Final 4 in 2012. That year they won a 3rd place game and finished ranked 3rd in the Nation.
St. Thomas – 62 Marymount – 55
The Tommies battled back from 6 points down, their biggest deficit in the 4th quarter this season, to beat Marymount in the sweet 16. It was a hard fought battle with the home team moving into the Elite 8 game vs. Whitman.
The season started with 435 teams playing DIII Basketball and they are now down to just 8 teams left. The 30 – 0 Tommies are making their 3rd appearance in the Elite 8 over the past 6 seasons. The winner will move on to the Final 4 which will be held at Calvin College in Michigan, March 17 & 18.
The Tommies are 49-1 over their last 50 games played.
St. Thomas defeats Chicago University in Round of 32
St. Thomas – 73 Chicago – 69
The Tommies had their hands full with a determined Chicago Team that defeated 8th ranked Wartburg the night before. St. Thomas kept their composure and took control of the game midway through the 4th quarter building a 9 point lead. Maddie Wolkow had an outstanding game in propelling the Tommies into the round of 16.
St. Thomas Defeats Superior in NCAA Tournament
UST – 98 Superior – 56
The University of St. Thomas came out red hot in their opening NCAA game vs. Superior. The Tommies lead 23-10 after the 1st quarter and exploded for 27 more in the 2nd quarter while holding Superior to one lone field goal in the process to take a commanding 50 -13 lead into halftime.
The Tommies never looked back as they cruised to the opening round victory. Lauren Fisher finished with 23 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the 3 point range. It was a new St. Thomas record for most 3 point shots made in game by a single player. With the victory the Tommies advance to the round of 32 and host Chicago University at 7:00 pm Saturday evening March 4.
St. Thomas Ranked 2nd in the Nation by D3 Hoops.com
2016-2017- M.I.A.C. Playoff Champions
2016-2017 M.I.A.C. Regular Season Champions
St. Thomas Earns automatic bid to
St. Thomas defeated Gustavus College in the championship game of the MIAC playoffs 66-49. It is the 6th straight Tournament Championship. No other team in the history of the MIAC Playoffs, Women’s or Men’s, have won it 6 consecutive seasons! The 27-0 Tommies dominated the game from start to finish with yet another strong performance from All-American Kaitlin Langer. Kaitlin finished with 29 points 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. With the victory the Tommies received the automatic bid to the NCAA National Tournament.
St. Thomas beat 4th seed St Bens 75-52 in the semi-final round of the conference playoffs.
The University of St. Thomas completed their regular season with a perfect 25-0 record. They were undefeated in the M.I.A.C. for the 3rd time in the past 6 seasons. No other team in the M.I.A.C. has gone undefeated that many times in the history of the conference.
Kaitlin Langer , the 6-2′ senior leads the Tommies in the 2016-2017 season. She scored over 500 points and had 17 double doubles in her junior season. She was honored as the M.I.A.C player of the year. She was named the Western Region player of the year and was also named a W.B.C.A. All – American, one of only 10 players to receive the honor throughout the country.
She was the 5th St. Thomas player over the last 5 season to receive All-American or honorable mention All-American status.
Its an impressive honor for the University of St. Thomas Women’s Program.
M.I.A.C. Conference Once Again
M.I.A.C. Playoff Champions
The Tommie Women proudly defended their conference title finishing 16-2 in conference play this season. They also won their 5th straight M.I.A.C. Tournament to claim an automatic bid to the 2016 N.C.A.A. national tournament.
Did you know?
The University of St. Thomas Women’s record from 2009-2017
No College Level Women’s Team in the State of Minnesota has won more games then St. Thomas in that time period.
The only team to defeat St. Thomas in the 2014- 2015 season was recently stripped of their 2015 National Title Crown for NCAA violations. They defeated St. Thomas in the Elite 8 game in the NCAA tournament.
2017 Final ranking 3rd in the Nation
2016 Final ranking 9th in the Nation
2015 Final ranking 4th in the Nation
2014-2015 Conference Champions
31 Games 30 Victories
Coach Sinn Earns 500th Coaching Victory
The University of St. Thomas finished the regular season with a 81-47 victory over Hamline giving Coach Sinn her 500th career coaching victory. Her coaching victories are a combination of high school and collegiate coaching wins.
In Previous Games
St. Thomas traveled north to Concordia College to take on the Cobbers. Jenna Dockter finished with a game-high 16 points and added five assists as No. 2-ranked St. Thomas clinched the outright MIAC women’s basketball championship with Saturday’s 62-50 win at Concordia-Moorhead.
The Tommies (23-0 overall, 16-0 MIAC) improved to 11-0 in road games this season and claimed the program’s 14th MIAC title, a league best. They broke to a 20-9 lead in the first 10 minutes, and the Cobbers never got closer than nine points in the second half.
The Toms helped force 20 turnovers and had a slight 44-29 rebounding edge. UST has held all 23 opponents under 60 points.
Maggie Weiers had 15 points and nine rebounds and now has 1,315 points and 808 rebounds in 113 games on her career.
The Toms play Wednesday at second-place Bethel and close the regular season Feb. 21 at home against Hamline.
The Tommies overall record of 23-0 makes them the only undefeated College Basketball team in the state of Minnesota at any level Women or Men’s. There are currently only 7 undefeated women’s teams in the country throughout all of college basketball.
St . Thomas is the first team to clinch a spot in the upcoming M.I.A.C. playoffs, the first team to do so with when they had 6 games left in the regular season. The Tommies are currently ranked #2 in the Nation by D3Hoops.com and USA Today. There are 439 division 3 women’s teams throughout the country.
This past week the Tommies took care of business at home with wins over St. Marys 74-51 and vs. Carleton 80-55. With the wins the senior class has now won over 100 games in this their 4th season at St. Thomas.
The Tommies hosted Augsburg last Saturday and came away with a 60-37 win. Augsburg scored only 10 field goals during the game. That gave St Thomas a season sweep of the Auggies. St. Thomas is currently 2nd in the Nation defensively in points allowed per game (47.2). Historically St. Thomas has been one of the top defensive teams in the Country. It is a point of emphasis and something they take great pride in. But offense is important as well as the Tommies rank 3rd in the nation in team field goal percentage at 47 %.
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St. Thomas Sweeps Games in Spain
The Lady Tommies traveled across the ocean to Spain this past August to play international competition. The trip included great sight seeing and 3 basketball games. The Tommies finished 3-0 on their trip capped off by defeating a Spain semi-pro team in their final game. It was a great tune-up for their 2014-2015 season.
St. Thomas Tops In Womens Hoops!
The Success of a team is often measured by a win – loss record. In a comparison with other colleges in the state of Minnesota the University of St. Thomas ranks second to no one! Below are team records over the past 5 seasons of various women’s programs at each different level. 2009-2014
|University of St. Thomas||121||28||0.812|
|Concordia – St. Paul||107||50||0.682|
|Concordia College – Moorhead||99||37||0.728|
|Minnesota State – Mankato||95||49||0.660|
|Winona State University||87||59||0.596|
|Gustavus Adolphus College||86||46||0.652|
|University of Minnesota||84||78||0.519|
|Minnesota State – Moorhead||78||59||0.569|
|Minnesota State – Duluth||77||59||0.566|
|Saint Mary’s College||76||56||0.576|
|St. Cloud State||70||64||0.522|
|Minnesota State – Crookston||50||84||0.373|
|Southwest Minnesota State||36||99||0.267|
Women’s Basketball Records from 2009-2014