Junior center Hannah Spaulding leads the conference in scoring, ranks first nationally in field-goal shooting, and was a key reason why Tommie Women's Basketball stormed to a repeat 18-0 MIAC championship season.
On Wednesday, the first-year starter was voted MIAC Player of the Year to lead the annual All-MIAC teams. It's the fourth year in a row that one of Coach Ruth Sinn's St. Thomas players received the elite honor.
When two-time All-America and National Player of the Year center Kaitlin Langer graduated last May, Spaulding had big shoes to fill if St. Thomas hoped to remain in the top 20 of the national polls and atop the competitive MIAC race. But Spaulding's 19.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and two blocks a game -- while making an NCAA-best 71.4 percent from the floor -- were a catalyst for the No. 6-ranked Tommies, who have won 24 of their last 25 games and hosts an NCAA playoff game Friday.
Spaulding also made the five-player All-Defensive Team. She was joined on the 18-player All-MIAC first team by teammates Lucia Renikoff, a junior guard, and Lauren Fischer, a senior forward. Senior guard Maddie Wolkow and junior guard Kaylie Brazil were among 10 players on the Honorable Mention list. Wolkow also was listed on the 12-player MIAC All-Sportmanship team.
Freshman forward Kaia Porter was among five on the MIAC All-Rookie Team.
In games when Renikoff scores in double figures, UST is 38-4. She has made one 3-point basket in all 27 games this season. This season she's averaging 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists. In three years on her career she's converting 40 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent from the foul line.
Fischer and Wolkow have been part of two NCAA Elite 8 teams, 8-for-8 in conference regular-season and playoff championships, and 112 victories. Their 112-8 four-year record is the best for a senior class in program history.
Fischer has played in 112 games, contributing 812 points, 466 rebounds and 168 treys, and in games when she scores nine or more points, UST is 45-0. In four years on her career she's converting 43 percent from 3-point range -- on school-record pace for a career -- and 80 percent from the foul line.
Wolkow has played in 114 games, and has converted 39% behind the arc, with 542 points (124 treys), 195 assists, 109 steals, 134 rebounds, and UST is 46-2 in games she has started in her era. In four years on her career she's converting 40 percent from 3-point range and 73 percent from the foul line.
Brazil has started all 27 games and converts at 75 percent at the foul line and 38 percent from behind the arc, with a near 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. The Toms are 11-1 in games when she has scored eight or more points.
In games when Porter scores in double figures, UST is 7-0. She has played in 26 of 27 games and averages nearly seven points and four rebounds while converting 39 percent from 3-point range and 77 percent from the foul line.