Women's Hoops wins title in Ohio, now 10-0

Photo courtesy Bluffton Athletics
Photo courtesy Bluffton Athletics

Senior All-America center Kaitlin Langer had another banner night with 21 points, nine boards, seven assists and three blocks and No. 5-ranked St. Thomas (10-0) outscored the host team 13-7 over the last 8:00 in Friday's 67-63 comeback road victory at the Bluffton (Ohio) tournament.

Langer was named MVP of the four-team tourney as she averaged 23 points and 9.5 boards in two victories. She was joined on the five-player All-Tournament team by Gabby Zehrer.

Sophomore Lucia Renikoff matched her career high with 16 points, helping the Toms post a 23-2 advantage in bench points.

Maddie Wolkow added eight of her 11 points in the second half.

The Tommies extended their regular-season win streak to 22 and ended No. 24-ranked Bluffton's home-court win streak at 20.

Coach Ruth Sinn's Toms watched a 13-0 Bluffton run build a seven-point first-quarter lead. The host team still led 37-33 at halftime and later went ahead 44-36 before a 15-6 UST run let it regain the lead.

Five different players scored in St. Thomas' game-closing 13-7 run over the final 8:00. UST's defensive pressure helped limit Bluffton to 26 points and 31-percent shooting in the second half (8-of-26).

St. Thomas returns to action Wed. Jan. 4 at home against 9-2 Bethel.




Thursday's story

Senior All-America center Kaitlin Langer recorded 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 5-ranked St. Thomas (9-0) to a 78-67 victory over No. 7-ranked Hope (11-1) in a battle of Division III women's basketball unbeatens Thursday at the Bluffton (Ohio) tournament.

UST coach Ruth Sinn won her 250th game in 12 seasons with the Tommies (250-75), including a 65-5 record the last three seasons. The Toms have won 21 consecutive regular-season games and 15 games in a row away from Schoenecker Arena.

Senior guard Gabby Zehrer added 21 points and eight rebounds for St. Thomas. Maddie Wolkow had 12 points and four assists.

Langer posted her 18th career double double in points and rebounds.

Hope built a 29-17 lead early in the second quarter. But a 37-13 mid-game run by UST in the second and third quarters swung momentum. Hope never got closer than six in the final quarter.

The Dutch came in averaging 84 points a game but were limited to 67 by the Toms. UST outrebounded Hope 41-35 and that led to its 17-8 edge in second-chance points.

The Toms play host Bluffton (8-1) in Friday's championship game. Bluffton scored a 53-35 win over Centre.