The Chapman women's basketball team fell to pod host St. Thomas in the NCAA Division III Championship First Round Friday evening at Schoenecker Arena on the campus of the Tommies in St. Paul, Minn.
Chapman fell to St. Thomas, 81-51 after the Tommies used a 22-point first quarter, and held the Panthers to just 22 total points in the second half to pull away to the win. Chapman concludes its outstanding season 23-5 overall, while St. Thomas (26-2) will take on Chicago (24-2) which won the other first round tilt, 70-46 over Wisconsin Lutheran.
The Panthers were led by Lucy Criswell who scored a game-high 14 points, while Jaime Hum-Nishikado followed with 13 points. Brittany McPherson added six points, while Jaryn Fajardo and Marissa Dunn chipped in five points each in the losing effort. Criswell and Fajardo led Chapman with a game-best eight rebounds each, while Fajardo dished out six assists.
St. Thomas had six players score in double digits, including a team-high 12 points from Lauren Fischer and 11 from Maddie Wolkow. Hannah Spaulding, Lucia Renikoff, Madi Radtke and Kaia Porter chipped in 10 points each to highlight a balanced offensive attack that shot 51.7% from the floor, 36.8% from beyond-the-arc, and 100% (12-for-12) from the free throw line. Spaulding and Renikoff led the Tommies on the boards with six rebounds each.
After falling behind, 22-10 after 10 minutes of action, Chapman played St. Thomas to a 19-19 second stanza that saw Criswell net nine points, while Dunn added five of her own to make it 41-29 at intermission. From there, the Tommies used a 22-point third period, and held the Panthers to just 11 points in both the third and fourth quarters to pull away to the 30-point victory.