The Pipers kept the game within a possession for most of the opening 13 minutes of play, including holding slight leads three times. However, Carleton College jumped out to a 10-point lead by the five-minute mark and went on to lead by 13 at the half, 38-25.
The Knights weren't any more hospitable in the second half, opening up a 16-point lead at 4:57, 60-44.
Down 12 (67-55), with 60 seconds to play, Hamline began to battle back. Kara Poirier (So., Eau Claire, Wis.) drained a pair of three pointers and Nikki Klinck (Sr., Hibbing, Minn.) made two free throws, getting them within six, 69-63, with 30 seconds to play.
A series of three-point attempts in the final seconds, however, couldn't close the game any more for the Pipers, and the Knights held on for the win.
Wilkowski (Sr., Savannah, Ga.) had a game-high 23 points and 15 rebounds. Poirier added 16 points and three assists while Klinck had 10 points and four assists. She also snagged a pair of steals.
Carleton was led in scoring by 20 points from Ally Weaver. Two players recorded double-doubles for Carleton - Akemi Arzouman had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Emma Purfeerst tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Hamline is now 5-10, 4-8 MIAC while Carleton is 4-10, 3-8 MIAC. The Pipers travel to Concordia on Saturday, January 22, for a 1:00 p.m. game. The game is the first in a women's-men's double-header.