Junior Lauren Fischer broke a school record with seven 3-point baskets in a game-high 23-point performance as the No. 2-ranked Tommies (28-0) topped the UW-Superior Yellowjackets (23-5), 98-56, in Friday night's NCAA Division III women's basketball playoff game at Schoenecker Arena.
Fischer made 7-of-9 from behind the arc and helped St. Thomas shoot 60 percent from the floor and record a season-high scoring output. In all, Coach Ruth Sinn's team sank 12-of-24 3-point tries.
Six St. Thomas players had made six threes in one game in the 40-year-history of the program, the last being Kellie Ring in February 2013.
UST is 84-5 since Fischer joined the program in 2014-15. In games when she scores nine points or more on her career, St. Thomas is 33-0. She's made 104 threes in 58 starts over the last two seasons at a 47-percent clip.
The Toms advanced to play the University of Chicago (19-9) Saturday at 7 p.m. on their home floor. The Maroons sidelined No. 8-ranked Wartburg, 67-63, handing the 2016 Final Four qualifier just its third loss of the season. Chicago got five treys and 23 points from Miranda Burt and helped force 21 Wartburg turnovers.
The Tommies' 28-0 start is the second best in school history following a 30-0 start in 2014-15.
The Tommies outscored Superior 27-3 in the second quarter to build 50-13 halftime lead. Seven different UST players scored in that quarter and its defensive pressure helped forced 11 UWS turnovers. UST had five players score in double figures despite none playing more that 21 minutes.