ST. PAUL – The St. Thomas women's basketball team jumped out to a 7-0 lead to open the game and never looked back on the way to a 79-35 win over previously unbeaten Saint Benedict on Saturday afternoon at Schoenecker Arena. The Tommies outscored the Blazers bay seven or more in each quarter and improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the MIAC, while Saint Ben's drops to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Senior Kaitlin Langer scored eight of the first 11 St. Thomas points, as the Tommies built a quick 11-2 lead to open the game. The Tommies extended that lead to 10 points (15-5) following the end of the opening quarter.
The two teams traded baskets through the second quarter until the Tommie women closed the period by scoring the last nine points before the half. The run helped St. Thomas take a 36-15 lead to the break, which they would not rescind the rest of the way.
St. Thomas outscored Saint Ben's 22-6 in the third quarter and closed out the game with a 21-14 advantage in the fourth quarter to finish off the 79-35 victory.
For the game, the Tommies shot 52.8-percent (28-53) from the field and a season-high 64.7-percent (11-17) from three, while holding the Blazers to 25.5-percent (12-47) and 27.3-percent (3-11), respectively.
The Purple also won the rebound battle, outrebounding Saint Benedict 40-24 and took advantage of 20 Blazer turnovers, scoring 26 points off the takeaways, compared to just five points for the visitors.
Langer led all scorers with 15 points on the afternoon. She just narrowly missed a double-double, pulling down a game-high nine rebounds. Juniors Lauren Fischer and Maddie Wolkow followed with 12 points each. Wolkow scored her 12 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from three-point range. Senior Paige Gernes also dished out five assists.
The Blazers were led by four players with five points each. Kate Banovetz, Annie Dittberner, Alex Johnson, and Macy Kelly all finished halfway to double figures, while Banovetz also pulled down five rebounds.
St. Thomas will be back in action again on Monday when it hosts UW-La Crosse in a non-conference contest at 7:00 pm.