Hill-Murray grad closing in on collegiate milestones

With 11 regular-season games and probably some post-season contests remaining, it should be only a matter of time until Kaitlin Langer reaches a pair of milestones. Langer is a senior on the University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team and she is closing in on scoring and rebounding marks that few Tommies have achieved.

After scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a win over St. Olaf on Jan. 11, Langer, a 2013 Hill-Murray graduate, pulled within 75 points and 29 rebounds of 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. 

The double-double Langer recorded against St. Olaf was the 20th of her career at St. Thomas. The Tommies are 18-2 in those games.

Langer leads the Tommies in scoring at 18.5 points per game and in rebounding at 7.9 boards per contest. She also leads the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in scoring and is eighth in rebounding.

The win over St. Olaf kept St. Thomas unbeaten at 13-0 and the Tommies are ranked No. 4 in the country in Division III.

While at Hill-Murray, Langer helped guide the Pioneers to four consecutive state tournaments. She was a four-time basketball letterwinner and was named all-conference honorable mention as a junior and all-conference as a senior.

After graduating from Hill-Murray, Langer enrolled at Winona State University and played in five games for the Warriors before transferring to St. Thomas. Since she was moving from Division II at Winona to Division III at St. Thomas, she did not have to sit out any games.

Langer played in 19 games as a freshman and 29 as a sophomore for the Tommies. She then had a breakout season as a junior in 2015-16.

Langer was named MIAC player of the year after leading the conference in total points, field goals, free throws and rebounds. St. Thomas won the MIAC regular-season and tournament titles last season and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament.

In addition to the MIAC player of the year award, Langer was also named to the conference’s all-defensive team. She was later awarded the West Region Player of the Year honor and was named first-team All-America.

St. Thomas is home for a pair of MIAC contests this week. The Tommies host St. Mary’s on Jan. 18 and Augsburg on Jan. 21.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

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