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Women’s basketball pulls away in second quarter for win

Women’s basketball pulls away in second quarter for win

ST. PAUL – The St. Thomas women's basketball team outscored Hamline University 16-6 in the second quarter and 18-9 in the third to pull away in a 61-38 win over the Pipers on Wednesday night at Schoenecker Arena. 

Four players scored in double figures, including Kaitlin Langer's double-double, as the Tommies remain unbeaten on the year with a record of 22-0 and 15-0 in the MIAC, while Hamline drops to 5-17 and 2-13 in league play.

After St. Thomas opened up with the first seven points of the game, the Pipers came back to pull within three at the end of the first quarter, with the score 16-13 following the opening 10 minutes.

The Tommies opened the second quarter on a 10-3 run to open up a 26-16 lead with 4:36 remaining in the first half.  Hamline responded with a three-point basket on the next possession, but St. Thomas went on to score the final six points of the frame to outscore the Pipers 16-6 in the final 10 minutes of the first half and take a 32-19 lead to the half. 

St. Thomas opened the second half on an 8-2 spurt to run its lead to 20 points (40-20).  The Tommies went on to outscore the Pipers 18-9 in the quarter and we well on their way to the 23-point victory.

St. Thomas held Hamline to just 27.6-percent (16-58) shooting from the field and won the rebound battle 42-31.  The Tommies shot 42.3-percent (22-52) on field goals and also turned the ball over 12 times, compared to 15 for the Pipers.

Four Tommies scored in double figures, led by Lucia Renikoff with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.  Senior Kaitlin Langer followed with 11 points and grabbed 10 boards for her eighth double-double of the season.  Lauren Fischer and Hannah Spaulding each added 11 points on a combined 8-of-13 shooting from the floor.

Alaina Quaranta led the Pipers with 12 points in just 18 minutes played.  Chloe Graves added 10 points as the only two Pipers to score in double figures on the night.  Reilly Geistfeld swiped a game-high 13 rebounds.

St. Thomas will hit the hardwood again on Saturday for Senior Day at Schoenecker Arena against Carleton.  That game is set for a 1:00 pm tip off.