The Oles hit the opening shot for a 2-0 lead, but Kara Poirier (So., Eau Claire, Wis.) quickly responded on the other end of the court with a three-pointer at 19:20. That trey ignited an 8-0 run that put the Pipers up 8-2 at 17:18.
After that, the Oles worked their way into a 14-13 lead at 12:31 as Eileen O’Donoghue (So., Chicago, Ill.) hit a short shot. A Steph Rice (Jr., Staples, Minn.) free throw tied the game at 14-14 at 11:53. Je’Naya Brown (Fy., Lewisville, Texas) added a pair from the charity stripe to put the Pipers up 16-14 just seconds later.
Following that lead change, the Pipers held control of the scoreboard until the intermission. While up 25-20 at 6:39, Nikki Klinck (Sr., Hibbing, Minn.) hit a pair of free throws that were the start of run that gave Hamline their largest lead of the half, 13 points (33-20), at 5:13.
With four seconds left on the clock in the first half, Poirier hit her fifth and sixth free throws of the half as Hamline took a 38-29 lead. On the Ole inbounds pass, Jessica Ray (Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) dished it off to Klinck who put up the layup as the buzzer sounded for the 400-29 halftime lead.
Poirier had 17 points and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the first half to lead the Pipers. Mackenzie Wolter (So., Norwood, Minn.) led the Oles with eight first-half points.
In the second half, the Oles twice cut their deficit to two, 55-53 at 10:57 and 57-55 at 8:47. That was the closest they would get, however, as the Piper began to pull away once again.
Leading by six, 62-56, at 6:38, Klinck knocked down an emphatic three from the sideline by the Piper bench and took a foul on the play for the final momentum boost the Pipers needed. Brown added another trey at 5:50 that gave Hamline a 12-point lead, 70-58, and a comfortable lead they would hold until the final buzzer.
Poirier had a game-high 21 points while Klinck added 17 for the Pipers. Robinson finished with 16 points and Wilkowski tallied 15.
St. Olaf was led by 17 points from Kirstee Rotty (So., Farmington, Minn.) and 15 from Elise Raney (Fy., Eagan, Minn.).
After the conference win, the Pipers are 4-8, 3-6 MIAC while the Oles are 7-5, 4-5 MIAC. Hamline remains at home to host Saint Mary’s on Saturday, January 15. The women will play the first game of a double-header at 1:00 p.m. The men will follow at 3:00 p.m.