St. Thomas rising junior guard Lucia Renikoff is among nine players selected to play this week with the USA Division III Women's Basketball all-star team on its trip to Brazil.
Renikoff helped St. Thomas record a 31-1 mark and third-place national finish last winter as she averaged 13 ppg in five NCAA tournament contests. A first-year starter, she recorded her career high with 17 points in the NCAA playoffs last March 11 against Chicago.
The Toms are 23-2 in games when Renikoff scores eight or more points. In 58 career games she's converted 80 percent at the foul line, 38 percent from 3-point range and averaged 7.0 points, two rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. She made the MIAC honorable mention All-MIAC team as a sophomore.
After a recent team orientation in Orlando, Renikoff and her summer teammates depart Monday for Sao Paulo, Brazil. The teams will practice in the city of Jundiai, Sao Paulo on Tuesday. After practice the teams will conduct a youth clinic at the Clube Jundiense. The USA D-3 Basketball Teams will play a doubleheader (men & women) on Wednesday in the city of Araraquara, which is in the state of Sao Paulo. The Araraquara men & women are both professional teams. The USA D-3 Teams will travel to Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. The teams will play Mesquita on Saurday and against Queimados on Sunday.
The USA D-3 teams will play their final games Monday July 24 at Fluminese in Rio. The team will depart Brazil on July 25 and return to the USA on July 26.
While in Brazil, the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. While in Rio, the team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.
Tentative Game Schedule
Wednesday, July 19
USA D-3 Women vs. Araraquara
Saturday, July 22
USA D-3 Women vs. Mesquita
Sunday, July 23
USA D-3 Women vs. Queimados
Monday, July 24
USA D-3 Women vs. Fluminese
2017 USA D-3 Women's Basketball Team - Brazil Tour
Priscilla Dunphy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Emily Gibbons, Gettysburg College
Hannah Johnson, Bethel University
Miranda Murphy, Wartburg College
Ashley Oldshue, Emory University
Adriana Ramirez, Aurora University
Lucia Renikoff, University of St. Thomas
Chloe Roach, Eastern Mennonite University
Katie Sommer, Wartburg College
USA D-3 Women's Head Coach – Bob Amsberry (Head Coach, Wartburg College)