Hamline News

February 17, 2011

Sharp shooting carries Pipers to win over first place Tommies

The Pipers made 72% (18-of-25) of their shots in the first half and 65% (13-of-20) in the second half. The Tommies shot just over 43% for the game.

Kara Poirier (So., Eau Claire, Wis.) opened the game for Hamline with a three-pointer near the St. Thomas bench as the shot clock was running out.

She then gave Hamline a 5-2 lead with a quick layup from the right side on the Pipers' next possession.

Soon thereafter, senior center Mary Wilkowski (Savannah, Ga.) made her first collegiate basket from outside the arc just before the 16-minute mark, putting Hamline up 10-6.

The Pipers continued to lead, pulling out to a 10-point advantage with five minutes to play in the half. Steph Robinson (Jr., Iowa City, Iowa) pulled down a defensive rebound and took it all the way back down the court for the layup that put Hamline up 33-23, forcing a St. Thomas timeout.

Another three-pointer from near the St. Thomas bench, this time from Nikki Klinck (Sr., Hibbing, Minn.) gave Hamline a 13-point lead, 36-23, the next time the Pipers came down the court. 

Hamline ultimately led by nine, 40-31, at the break.

St. Thomas twice closed to within four, 51-47 at 12:48 and 75-71 at 1:50, in the second half. But each time, the Pipers responded to quickly regain a double-digit lead.

The first time the Tommies attempted a comeback, Poirier thwarted the effort with a three-pointer that ignited a string of eight unanswered points.

The second time, Je'Naya Brown (Fy., Lewisville, Texas) hit four free throws followed by a pair from Robinson for a 10-point lead with 26 seconds left.

Five Pipers finished in double-digits, led by Robinson's 22 points. Wilkowski had 19, Poirier added 13, Klinck had 12, and Steph Rice (Jr., Staples, Minn.) tallied 10.

St. Thomas was led by 22 from Sarah Smith (Jr., Grand Forks, N.D.) and 14 from Rachel Booth (Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.)

Hamline is now 11-13, 10-11 MIAC while St. Thomas is 18-6, 17-4 MIAC. The Pipers will host their regular season finale on Saturday, February 19, at 1:00 p.m. against Concordia. The game will be the first in a women's-men's double-header.