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July Rewind: Execution (and a little luck) saves Ruth's team

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon
Editor's Note: Starting July 7 and running through the rest of the month, will highlight 25 memorable events from St. Thomas' successful 2017-18 athletics year


The Comeback

You won't see many more stunning comeback victories at any level of college hoops as the one that St. Thomas Women's Basketball pulled off last February at Schoenecker Arena.

The Tommies' 48-game conference win streak and a 22-game victory string over Augsburg appeared to be over as the Auggies used a 6-0 run to lead 62-58 with :08 left in regulation.

Here's a Gene's Blog account of the game and the wild finish:


Fischer broke a school record for career 3-point percentage. She 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. 


Previous July Rewind stories:

 July 25: Football Gets Record Crowd at Target Field

July 26: Golf Has (Championship) Banner Season

July 27: Bottum Brings It Again for Men's SoccerJuly 28: Man on a Mission Wins NCAA Gold

July 29: Championship Bids Part of Toms' DNA

July 30: Thank You, Tommie Seniors