January 03, 2011

Trio of Pipers hover around 20-point totals in defeat of Gusties

That trio of senior leading scorers for the Pipers set the tone in the opening minutes of play. Klinck (Hibbing, Minn.) and Kelly (Blaine, Minn.) sandwiched a Wilkowski (Savannah, Ga.) layup with a pair of three-pointers to put Hamline up 8-4 at 17:54.

The Pipers maintained that lead in the first half until the teams began to exchange turns at the free throw line inside the eight-minute mark.

At 7:50, Eli Benz (Fy., Steele, N.D.) hit a jumper to put the Gusties within two, 23-21. Ava Perry (Jr., Wabasha, Minn.) then hit two free throws 28 seconds later for the first tie of the game.

Wilkowski then hit two shot from the charity stripe of her own at 6:56 to put the Pipers back up by two, but a three-pointer by Abby Rothebuehler (So., North Mankato, Minn.) gave the Gusties their first lead at 6:42, 26-25.

Gustavus would lead by as many as six, 36-30, with two and a half minutes to play in the opening half. However, the Pipers cut their deficit back down to one at the break, 40-39.

Wilkowski and Molly Mathiowetz (Sr., Sleepy Eye, Minn.) traded short jumpers to open the second half, and the Gusties held that lead until the 18-minute mark. Steph Robinson (Jr., Iowa City, Iowa) snagged a steal and on the ensuing possession, Klinck drained a three-pointer for a 44-43 Piper lead.

Gustavus would hold home more lead in the game as a pair of free throws followed for the Gusties. But when Wilkowski regained Hamline's advantage on the scoreboard, 48-47, at the 15-minute mark with a jumper, it was the last lead change of the game.

Hamline would lead by as many as 15, 73-58, with 4:47 on the clock.

The Pipers shot nearly 56% from the field in the game, including hitting almost 62% (13-for-21) of their shots in the second half. Gustavus shot 42.4% for the game.

The Pipers shot over 58% (7-for-12) from outside the arc in the game, including 5-for-6 from three-point land from Kelly.

The Gusties had six players in double-digits: Molly Geske (Jr., Mendota Heights, Minn.) with 14; Colleen Ruane (Jr., Edina, Minn.), Mathiowetz, and Benz with 11 apiece; and Kelsey Florian (So., Roseville, Minn.) and Perry with 10 apiece.

In addition to the high point totals from Wilkowski, Kelly, and Klinck, Klinck added four steals while Robinson had three. Klinck and Robinson also had four assists apiece.

Hamline is now 2-7, 1-5 MIAC while the Gusties are 4-5, 3-3 MIAC. The Pipers next play on Wednesday, January 5, when they head to Bethel for a 7:30 p.m. game.