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Women's Hoops home today for 2 p.m. exhibition game

Women's Hoops home today for 2 p.m. exhibition game

St. Thomas Women's Basketball is home Saturday for a 2 p.m. exhibition contest at Schoenecker Arena again Division II's Concordia-St. Paul.

Coach Ruth Sinn starts her 15th season with a lot of changes. Her last eight teams have won 90 percent of their games (224-24), but her latest Tommie roster will go from one of the most veteran teams in D-III as a Final Four team last season to one of the younger squads in 2019-20.

Sinn's 20-player roster will have no seniors, two juniors, nine sophomores, and nine freshmen. Key graduation losses included two-time All-America center Hannah Spaulding and guards Lucia Renikoff and Kaylie Brazil. That trio were part of two Final Four teams and a 114-10 record.

The Tommies return just one starter in standout junior forward Kaia Porter, (13.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 77% FT) and just three others -- junior guard Macy Hatlestad and sophomore front-liners Brynne Rolland and Shayla Wallin -- among last season's top 12 contributors.

A variety of young players will get an immediate chance to crack the Purple's 12-player rotation.

St. Thomas plays a closed scrimmage on Nov. 2 against the Minnesota Gophers. The Toms then play five games before Thanksgiving, starting Nov. 9-10 with games in San Antonio. The home opener is Nov. 20 against UW-Superior, and the first MIAC contest is Nov. 23 at St. Catherine.