January 08, 2011

Pipers use big second half to take down Scots

Mary Wilkowski (Sr., Savannah, Ga.) began the game with an "and one" in the opening 11 seconds to put Hamline up 3-0 early. That would be the only scoring until just after the 17-minute mark when a shot from outside the arc by Macalester's Jessica Rene (Jr., Eau Claire, Wis.) tied the game.

The Scots quickly jumped out to an 11-point lead after that as Jessica Rene dumped in eight more points and Shannon Rene (Jr., Eau Claire, Wis.) added a three-pointer at 12:42. At that point Macalester led by a score of 16-5.

The Pipers cut the Macalester lead to seven by halftime, 30-23.

In the opening three minutes of the second half, Macalester brought their lead up to 13 (38-25). The Scots would dance with a double-digit lead over the next four minutes until Hamline began to cut away at their deficit.

The Pipers got to within one point three times between the nine- and six-minute marks, taking their first lead since the opening minutes at 5:31, 50-49, with a jumper from Wilkowski.

Shortly after, Je'Naya Brown (Fy., Lewisville, Texas) snagged a steal under the basket and took it back down the court herself for a layup and a 52-59 lead.

A three by Kara Poirier (So., Eau Claire, Wis.) gave Hamine a six-point cushion, 55-49, but the Scots answers with a pair of jumpers and two free throws to tie it with 66 seconds to play.

Hamline responded with jumpers from Wilkowski and Steph Robinson (Jr., Iowa City, Iowa), as well as a pair of free throws by Nikki Klinck (Sr., Hibbing, Minn.), in the final minute for the win.

After shooting almost 38% in the first half, the Pipers made 56% of their shots in the final 20 minutes to finish over 46% for the game. Macalester, however, shot just 27% from the field in the second half.

Wilkowski finished with 17 points while Klinck had 13 points and Brown contributed 11.

Macalester was led by 15 points and 15 rebounds from Majra Mucic (Sr., Zenica, Bosnia) and 18 points from Jessica Rene.

Hamline is now 3-8, 2-6 MIAC with the conference win while the Scots are now 2-9, 2-6 MIAC. The Pipers next host St. Olaf on Wednesday, January 12, at 7:30 p.m.