Tommie Sports - Women's Basketball

Live video link for Sunday W. Hoops battle

November 25, 2012

No. 8-ranked St. Thomas plays host to No. 1-rated UW-Stevens Point at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Schoenecker Arena.

The game will have live video that can be accessed here (click on link and scroll down to Channel 3):

www.mnsportsnetwork.com

The Pointers zipped from No. 7 to No. 1 in this week's WBCA national poll after they stunned No. 1-ranked Calvin, 84-63, last saturday, and then three days later held Marion (Wis.) to 19 points and 15 percent field-goal shooting. Senior All-America Sam Barber is averaging 22 points to lead a deep team.   The Pointers are converting at a 51-percent rate from 3-point range, and opponents are shooting just 31 perent from the floor (21 percent from 3-point range).

Head coach Shirley Egner has guided Point to 436 victories in 24 seasons, with an average of 23 wins a season over the last decade. Point went 20-5 last season.  

St. Thomas also played Calvin last week and fell behind 42-26 at halftime. The Toms made a late run but lost 78-72. Playing the next night without All-America forward Taylor Young and All-America candidate Maggie Weiers, UST scored a 21-point road win over Millikin.  

The Tommies open their MIAC season this Wednesday at home against Macalester, then play Saturday afternoon at Hamline. They play six games in an 18-day stretch from today through Dec. 11.  

Weiers is out indefinitely. so eighth-year head coach Ruth Sinn will need to look to her bench for help inside. Weiers would be the fifth key player from last season's top 11 not on hand, as four players graduated from the 31-2 team that placed third in the nation. St. Thomas went unbeaten in 24 conference regular-season and playoff contests and won seven postseason games. UST lost by 14 to eventual champion Illinois Wesleyan in the national semifinals but beat then No. 1-ranked Amherst 87-60 to take third place.

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