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Tuesday Talk: Fischer's name in W. Hoops record book

Tuesday Talk: Fischer's name in W. Hoops record book

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After a memorable 115-game run, senior Lauren Fischer has added a St. Thomas Women's Hoops career record to go with a season record she set earlier in her career.

Fischer and her teammates lost in overtime to East Texas Baptist last Friday night in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA playoffs to close the season at 27-3.

Fischer converted 170 of 402 of her 3-point attempts over a four-year career for a .423 clip. That broke Kari Kinneberg's 26-year-old school record of .406 set from 1988-1992.

As a sophomore, Fischer made 46 of 96 of her 3-point shots for a .479 clip to break Kinneberg's 1990-91 season record of 45 of 95 for a .474 proficiency.

Fischer's 170 treys let her finish fourth overall on the Tommies' career list behind Missy Pederson (211), Katie Stone (204) and Ali Johnson (175).

Fischer and fellow senior Maddie Wolkow helped the Tommies post the best four-year record for any Tommie senior class with a 114-9 finish, a .927 win clip. That included one Final Four, one other Elite Eight, and two other Sweet Sixteen trips, to go with four MIAC solo titles and four conference playoff championships.

Fischer played in 115 games, contributing 832 points, 475 rebounds and 170 treys, while logging more than 2,500 minutes of play. UST was 46-0 in games on her career when she scored nine or more points.

Wolkow also played in 115 games, and converted 39% behind the arc, with 566 points (130 treys), 201 assists, 110 steals, and 143 rebounds. UST went 48-3 in games she started during her era.

St. Thomas junior center Hannah Spaulding's Division III-best .700 field-goal proficiency fell just shy of breaking Kirsten Vipond's school season record of .714 set 20 years ago.

Another Tommie had an outstanding season of shooting but missed national and school recognition with too few chances. Sophomore Elsa Anderson sank 40 of 42 at the foul line, a .952 clip. Record books generally require a minimum of two or more free-throw attempts per game to be eligible.


Women's Stat of the Week

Spaulding made both Academic All-District and first-team All-West Region.


Men's Stat of the Week

St. Thomas Men's Basketball will graduate just one starter and one backup from in its top 10 rotation of this season. Tommie Men's Hockey only had two seniors on its 29-player roster.


Milestone Talk
Women's Basketball coach Ruth Sinn wrapped her 13th season at UST with a 299-81 record.
Softball's John Tschida -- the winningest coach in NCAA softball history -- is currently 896-171 in 24 seasons at St. Mary's and St. Thomas.
St. Thomas in the News
Men's Basketball head coach John Tauer is quoted in Sunday's Associated Press national story on the Division I tournament selections amid the backdrop of an FBI probe. Click here to read
Tauer was also quoted extensively last fall in an AP national story by the same author, Eddie Pells. That story recently was chosen as AP's National Story of the Year. Click here to read


Streak Talk
St. Thomas Women's Hoops will bring a 54-game victory streak against conference opponents into next season.
The Tommie women also have a 29-game road win streak dating back to the 2015-16 season -- the third longest in all of NCAA basketball (men or women).
The Tommies -- 169-16 against MIAC foes since January 2010 -- have won 36 consecutive February games over four seasons. They also have won 30 consecutive MIAC home games. They secured the program's 12th consecutive winning season.
Tommie Women's Hockey went unbeaten in its last 16 MIAC contests (11-0-5). On home ice, the women are unbeaten against conference opponents in their last 16 contests (13-0-3). The Toms secured the program's 18th consecutive winning season.
St. Thomas Men's Hoops secured an MIAC playoff spot for the 19th year in a row and 30th season in the last 31. UST also claimed the program's 14th consecutive winning season.
Tommie Men's Hockey secured the program's 36th consecutive winning season and 33rd MIAC playoff berth in a row.
Poll Talk
St. Thomas' four winter hockey and basketball teams finished with a combined 73-27-7 record.
Eleven Tommie teams are currently nationally ranked or finished their fall/winter season nationally ranked:
  • Women's Basketball (6th/8th, tied for ninth in nation)
  • Football (4th/4th, tied for fifth place in nation);
  • Men's Soccer (6th, tied for fifth place in nation);
  • Men's Golf (4th/4th);
  • Softball (20th);
  • Women's Hockey (8th/8th);
  • Women's Swim-Dive (18th);
  • Men's Swim-Dive (17th);
  • Volleyball (25th, tied for 33rd place in nation);
  • Women's Golf (26th, GolfStat);
  • Women's Cross Country (30th, placed 22nd in nation);
  • Women's Indoor Track and Field (placed 32nd in nation)

Tommie Swim-Dive will send five seniors among 12 athletes to the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships, March 21-24 in Indianapolis.

Seven Tommie women will compete in three relays -- the 200 and 400 free and the 400 medley with senior Tiana Molitor, sophomore Kirsten Nelson and juniors Haley Cassens, Alex Howard, Melissa Rose, Kate Smarjesse and Katelyn Strauss. All three Tommie women's relays are seeded between 15-20.

It will be the first national meet for Nelson, second for Cassens, third for Howard, Rose, Smarjesse and Strauss, and fourth for Molitor.

The St. Thomas men will have senior diver Andrew Grabowski competing in his first national meet; senior Bailey Biwer in the 100 fly; and the 200 free relay team of Biwer plus first-time NCAA meet performers in senior Charles Hynes, junior Tom Negaard and sophomore Hunter Nielson. That Tommie relay is seeded seventh nationally.

Biwer, competing in his third national meet, is seeded fourth in the 100 fly. Grabowski took fourth on the one-meter board last Saturday at the regional meet to qualify.


Women's Tennis

St. Thomas (7-0 overall, 5-0 MIAC) scored a 7-2 road win last Friday St. Mary's in a conference match.

The Tommies have outscored seven opponents 58-5, including a 21-0 run through doubles. Sophomore Taylor McLeod and freshman Catherine Lindsay are still unbeaten in singles and doubles.

St. Thomas plays next Saturday night against St. Olaf at the U of M Gopher Baseline courts.


Men's Tennis

St. Thomas (3-3 overall, 1-3 MIAC) recorded an 8-1 road win last Friday at St. Mary's.

St. Thomas swept all six singles matches. Ben Wait and Sterling Sibley won 8-6 at first doubles, and both won close matches at Nos. 1-2 singles.

After playing sixth singles and third doubles throughout his career, Wait has taken over at No. 1 in both singles and doubles for the team this season.

St. Thomas plays next Saturday afternoon against St. Olaf at the U of M Gopher Baseline courts.


M-W Track and Field

St. Thomas will be off competition until outdoor season kicks in with an April 7 competition at the Hamline Invitational.

St. Thomas Women's Track and Field received seven team points for a 32nd-place finish from three athletes Saturday at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

Earning their first All-America honors were senior Ali Glassbrenner (fourth, mile, 4:57.72), senior Katie Murray (eighth, 200, 25.53), and junior Grace Bordson (eighth, high jump, 5-5). Murray clocked 25.09 in the prelims. Her 2017 indoor best was 26.47.

Junior Kendall Novak cleared 11-9 3-4 in the pole vault and took 15th.

The Tommie men had two athletes compete, and neither was able to finish in the top eight to score points -- juniors Eric Holst (13th, weight throw, 58-5 3-4) and Conor White (10th long jump, 21-11 3-4).


Women's Track and Field

The Tommie women are in 14th place nationally in the USTFCCA Program of the Year scoring, after a 22nd-place finish in cross country and a tie for 32nd with three All-Americas in indoor track and field.



No. 20-ranked St. Thomas (3-3) was off last week and is idle from competition until it plays eight games in Florida, set for March 24-29.

Coach John Tschida's team is batting .327, including a .403 mark with runners in scoring position.

Junior Chase Shortly has compiled a .601 slugging percentage over her hast two seasons, with 21 doubles and six home runs to go with 48 RBI, 62 hits and 14 walks over 56 games.



Weather permitting, St. Thomas will play four games next Friday through Sunday in Waverly, Iowa -- two each against host Wartburg and No. 7-ranked Concordia-Chicago.

St. Thomas (0-3) outhit UW-Oshkosh 15-12 last Saturday night but was swept 4-3 and 6-3. The Tommies, who lost earlier in the week to 2-0 to UW-La Crosse, have three defeats by a combined six runs.

Tommie pitchers have a 6-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and have allowed opponents just a .208 batting average. Zach Gottfredsen has five hits and a team-best .555 batting average.