Dominick Ingram , Staff Writer
The women’s basketball team came up short against the number-three-ranked University of St. Thomas, falling 83–68 on Saturday afternoon at Schoenecker Arena. It was the Auggies’ and Tommies’ last meeting of the season, but since they are both the top teams in the conference, it is likely that they will meet again in the playoffs. St. Thomas is ranked number-three in both major Division-III national polls. With the loss, the Auggies now sit at a record of 19–4 (14–2 in MIAC).
The first quarter was a tight affair early on, but St. Thomas gradually began to pull away. The game was tied 8–8 with 4:20 left in the first quarter when the Tommies’ hot-shooting and rebounding advantage took over the game. Augsburg shot 44.2 percent (23 of 52) from the field, while the Tommies connected on 56.6 percent (30 of 53). St. Thomas posted a 40–21 advantage on the boards. Augsburg had no answer for the Tommies’ Hannah Spaulding who had the best game of her career. Spaulding finished 32 points, 21 rebounds and 3 blocks — a truly remarkable performance.
Tamira McLemore for the Auggies had a team-best 21 points and 8 rebounds. She went 6-for-9 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range, while adding a game-high six steals on the defensive end. Kaezha Wubben had one of the best games of her career, finishing with a season-high 18 points, shooting 5-of-7 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, also adding four steals and three rebounds.
Augsburg was able to make a huge dent in the Tommie lead in the fourth quarter, making it 56–51, but unfortunately, that was as close as Augsburg would get. With the win, St. Thomas remained unbeaten in MIAC play and clinched at least a share of the league regular-season title.
The Auggies’ last regular season game will take place on Saturday against St. Olaf at Si Melby Hall. This will be the last game for seniors Camille McCoy and Carlee Kobow. Their hard work has been appreciated, and they have been great representations of how Auggie basketball is played.
This article was originally published in the Feb. 15, 2019 issue.