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Women's Hoops in 4 p.m. start in Salem; Notes, Live links

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Tommie Women's Basketball plays at 4 p.m. Minnesota time today against Bowdoin in the national semifinals in Salem, Va.

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St. Thomas Women's Basketball Notes – March 15, 2019

  • St. Thomas is 30-1 and ranked No. 2 by
  • St. Thomas has three women's teams currently ranked in the top five nationally (Women's Hockey No. 1; Softball No. 4).



St. Thomas WBB By the Numbers

902     All-time St. Thomas wins (42 years)

267     St. Thomas wins, last 10 seasons

38       St. Thomas losses, last 10 seasons

4       St. Thomas played voted West Region Player of Year, last five seasons

20       St. Thomas season wins in a row

74       St. Thomas wins in a row in conference (NCAA hoops' second longest current streak)

3       St. Thomas Final Four trips in 2010s

3       Different St. Thomas WBB head coaches to lead its seven Final Four teams

.804    Career win% for Coach Ruth Sinn

22-1    Conference playoff record last 10 years

55-25   All-time NCAA playoff record

114       Wins for current senior class

68         Games in row missed due to injury by Bobbi Brendefur before her Dec. 8 return

203       Career 3FGs for Lucia Renikoff

118       Career games for Kaylie Brazil

1,377    Career points for Hannah Spaulding

703       Career boards for Hannah Spaulding

68.7      Career FG% for Hannah Spaulding

606      Career points for Kaia Porter (60 games)

7-1       Season record against current top-25


St. Thomas Season Highlights

  • The Tommies' lone 2018-19 loss was a 60-40 road decision at ranked Wartburg Dec. 30. They have won 20 in a row since and won 27 in a row on their home court.
  • The Feb. 23 playoff championship win over Augsburg was No. 74 in a row against MIAC opponents -- the second longest conference win streak in NCAA basketball (all levels, both genders), behind only the Connecticut Huskies, who have never lost a game in the American Athletic Conference.
  • The Tommies rank first in Division III in 3-point proficiency at 40.4 percent (eight makes per game) and second in field-goal shooting at 50.6 percent. Senior Hannah Spaulding leads Division III in field-goal proficiency at 69 percent.
  • The Purple have outscored opponents by 375 points behind the arc. They've held 25 of 31 foes this season under 57 points in regulation time, and rank 10th nationally in scoring defense at 49.5.
  • St. Thomas is 7-1 this season against ranked teams. Besides the road loss at Wartburg and the 29-point revenge week at hoem last Saturday against the Knights, they won their season opener on the road at top-20 ranked George Fox; won by 30 points against No. 21-ranked Washington on a neutral court; have three double-digit wins against MIAC runner-up and No. 24-ranked Augsburg; and beat No. 6 Amherst in overtime March 8.
  • The Tommie senior class is 114-9 in its four seasons so far (2017 Final Four). That includes three consecutive 20-0 seasons against conference opponents.



Academic Stars

Spaulding (3.72, Biology) is on the CoSIDA national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. St. Thomas has a 3.74 cumulative grade-point average with its starting five.



  • Coach Ruth Sinn is 329-80 (.802) in 14 seasons, with 10 consecutive 20-win seasons.
  • Toms reached the D-III Final Four in March 2012 and March 2017. Their .888 winning percentage this decade (242-30 record, last nine seasons) ranks among the best in all of NCAA basketball.
  • Toms have won either the MIAC regular season or playoff titles each of the last nine seasons.
  • Just 10 conference women's hoops teams have gone unbeaten in the conference regular season, including nine St. Thomas squads. Five of these have come this decade by Sinn-coaches teams.
  • St. Thomas is among a select group of NCAA basketball programs (all levels, both genders) to have three different head coaches advance teams to a Final Four. The Toms also have received more than 20 All-America honors.
  • St. Thomas women's basketball has won 19 or more games in 30 of the last 38 seasons. That includes a 70-33 postseason record. From 1990-92, led by an NCAA champion team, Tommie women's hoops won 40 consecutive games.
  • St. Thomas has played in the postseason – conference and/or NCAA -- in 31 of the last 32 years. The Toms have a 25-9 all-time record in the conference postseason playoffs, which began in 2001, including wins in 22 of their last 23 MIAC playoff games.