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Women's Basketball closes No. 3 in final WBCA poll

Keith Lucas photo
Keith Lucas photo


Final WBCA Division III poll


St. Thomas Women's Basketball closed at No. 3 in the final Division III rankings announced Monday by the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA).

The final poll will be released Monday night.

St. Thomas is one of just two institutions to finish ranked in the top 10 nationally each of the last five seasons.

Coach Ruth Sinn's team lost 71-60 to eventual runner-up Bowdoin in Friday's national semifinal game in Salem, Va., to close the season. Unbeaten Thomas More (Ky.) topped Bowdoin one night later for the championship.

Hannah Spaulding of the Tommies was one of five players named to the All-Tournament team in Salem.

St. Thomas closed at 30-2, with both losses to other top-10 ranked teams. The senior class finished 114-10 in their era. The seniors joined the 2017-18 Tommie seniors as the only MIAC women's basketball players to sweep the conference regular-season and playoff championships all four years of their era.

Spaulding finished her career as a two-time MIAC Player of the Year and two-time All-America honoree. She finished with 1,394 points, 711 rebounds, 189 blocks and 19 double doubles while converting 68.6 percent of her field goals and 72 percent at the line. Her field-goal percentage broke a 26-year-old MIAC record and moved her into third in Division III history.

Lucia Renikoff made the WBCA honorable mention All-America team. She repeated as first-team All-MIAC. In 120 games, she finished with 1,181 points, 207 3-point baskets, 314 rebounds, 268 assists and 120 steals while converting 41 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent at the foul line. The Tommies went 56-5 in games on her career when she scored in double figures.

St. Thomas likely will return at least 15 players. 

Kaylie Brazil played in 119 career games and scored 635 points. She also had 294 rebounds, 219 assists, 112 steals and a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.

St. Thomas likely will return at least 15 players, led by sophomore All-Region honoree Kaia Porter. In 61 career games she has 617 points, 252 rebounds and 127 assists, and the team is 57-5 in her two seasons. She converts 45 percent from 3-point range with 60 made in 61 games.