Photo by Ted Brakob
Photo by Ted Brakob
The St. Thomas women’sbasketballteamisknown for being able to finish what it starts. Whether
it’s a single shot, a full game or an entire season, the
team gets things done.
The regular season started Nov. 14 with a win against
St. Norbert. On Nov. 23, junior center Kaitlin Langer was
named MIAC Women’s Basketball Athlete-of-the-Week
and recognized nationally on Dec. 1 by being named
to the five-player national Scoutware Team of the Week
Langer said, ”I personally think the bigger pressure
is winning, not individually performing. My goal is to
go out on the floor and give what my teammates need
from me in order to win the game.” This is a testament
to the Tommies’ teamwork and success this season,
despite having an extremely young roster: only six
upperclassmen and two seniors out of 22 women.
The Tommies won five out of the first six games
in November and started the season off strong. They
continued to have success and beat Concordia 52-
47 on Dec. 2 with 49 of those points scored by four
players. Seniors Katie Stone and Mykenzie Spaulding,
along with junior Gabby Zehrer, each contributed 12
points. Langer scored 13. Assists from junior Paige
Gernes were key to their success.
By Dec. 10, the team was unbeaten 8-0, and on
Feb. 13 the winning streak increased to 10 with a 69-67
overtime win at Bethel.
The women opened the new year with a win over
Gustavus at home on Jan. 6. Coach Ruth Sinn celebrated
her 300th game with a win against St. Mary’s on Jan. 16.
On Feb. 20 the Tommies, ranked No. 8 nationally,
won the MIAC title. They were top-seed after a win
against St. Mary’s and broke a school record for 3-point
baskets in a season with 192 in 25 games.
Stone, the lone starter from last year’s team,
continued to be a key part of the Tommies success as
a clutch 3-point shooter and was a big part of breaking
the 3-point basket record. Stone ended the season with
83 3-pointers, which set the MIAC record.
After winning the MIAC title, the Tommies made it
to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament where
they lost to Wartburg in a close game, 70-66.
By Emma Bassier