1 The St. Thomas women’s basketball team met its fate in an in- tensely close semi-final game during the NCAA Division III tournament. All season long the Tommies went undefeated and
showed the depth of a talented team with various athletes receiving honors and awards.
On Jan. 18, seniors Gabby Zehrer and Kaitlin Langer scored a
combined 50 points in the 77-57 win over Saint Mary’s. With the
win, the Tommies improved to 15-0 overall and 9-0 in the MIAC.
A few days later, Langer collected a pair of milestones in the 89-
63 win over Augsburg, scoring her 1,000th point and pulling-down her 500th career rebound.
The Tommies ended the regular season on Feb. 26 on the road,
beating Concordia-Moorhead 70-61. Langer, Zehrer and junior
Lucia Renikoff led in points scored. This made for the third unbeaten regular-season in program history. In the MIAC playoff
championship game, the Tommies faced Gustavus again. When
first facing Gustavus this year, it too had gone undefeated, but
the Tommies broke the streak with a 75-69 victory. Following this
close game, the teams rematched on Feb. 26 when they played
for the MIAC title. Gustavus started to close the gap just before
halftime, but the Tommies won 66-49, clinching the playoff title.
March 3 started the first round of NCAA Division III tournament.
Junior Lauren Fischer broke a school record, making seven
3-point baskets against the UW-Superior Yellowjackets, and the
Tommies won 98-56. Against Chicago in the second round, St.
Thomas was tied 53-53 with the Maroons, and Langer stepped
up and scored nine points to push the Tommies to a 73-69 win.
The next round brought Marymount (Va.) to Schoenecker Arena
on March 10. It was a slow start for both teams, but the Tommies
found their way to 62-55 win (No. 30 of the season), and they
qualified for the Final Four with a win over Whitman
One word to describe the March 17th Final Four semifinal game
against the Tufts: close. It ended 60-57 with Tufts hitting several
three-pointers in the final minutes. Senior Paige Gernes played
an integral role on the team by controlling the ball and assisting
baskets. She wanted to encourage the team to keep reaching
for more: “Be confident in yourself and your abilities, while not
being afraid to take risks and make mistakes because that is how
we learn and improve.”
“BE CONFIDENT IN YOURSELF
AND YOUR ABILITIES, WHILE
NOT BEING AFRAID TO TAKE
RISKS AND MAKE MISTAKES
BECAUSE THAT IS HOW WE
LEARN AND IMPROVE.”
- PAIGE GERNES ‘ 17
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