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Women's Hoops tops MIAC preseason poll

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

MIAC news release


Tommie Women's Basketball was picked No. 1 in the MIAC 2017-18 coaches' preseason poll, receiving eight of 12 first-place votes.

Coach Ruth Sinn graduated National Player of the Year Kaitlin Langer and two other starters from a 31-1 team of last winter. But eight contributors return as the Toms look to contend for another conference championship.

Forward Lauren Fischer and guard Maddie Wolkow are back for their senior seasons. St. Thomas is 87-6 in their era.

Wolkow has 113 assists and 81 treys on her career.

Fischer has 605 points and 346 rebounds on her career. When she scores nine points or more in games on her career, UST is 34-0. She has made 121 treys in 85 games. Fischer converted 48 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore and 43 percent last season to rank among the national leaders.

Junior guard Lucia Renikoff and junior center Hannah Spaulding also return from the top of the rotation.

The Toms are 23-2 in games on her career when Renikoff scores eight or more points. She played last summer on a Division III all-star team in Brazil.

Spaulding averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds last season and shot 67 percent from the field. The Toms are 16-0 in games on her career when she scores eight or more points.


Long Streaks

The Tommies have won 34 consecutive games against MIAC opponents, and 47 of their last 49 games overall. They also have won 23 of their last 24 games away from Schoenecker Arena dating back two seasons – the lone loss to Tufts last March in the national semifinals.

St. Thomas will take a 35-game regular-season victory streak into this season.

The Toms will play in four-team tournaments hosted by Skidmore (N.Y.) to start the season on Nov. 17-18. Their home opener is Sunday Nov. 26 against perennial West Region power George Fox. UST's first conference game is Saturday Dec. 2 at Hamline.