January 17, 2011

Late surge carries host Tommies over Pipers

The opening two minutes of play saw a pair of ties and each team take a lead - a preview of what would transpire over the next 38 minutes of play.

The game between Hamline and St. Thomas saw 13 lead changes and 10 tied scores, but it was a late surge by the Tommies that gave them the win.

Hamline took their largest lead of the opening half at 8:28 when a Steph Robinson (Jr., Iowa City, Iowa) jumper put the Pipers up by five, 21-16.

The Tommies answered with a jumper and three-pointer to tie it up, once again, at the seven-minute mark.

Hamline went up again, however, breaking a 27-27 tie with a layup from Kara Poirier (So., Eau Claire, Wis.) with 75 seconds to play.

It wasn't in the cards for the Pipers to hold the halftime lead, however, as a quick layup at the buzzer gave St. Thomas the 30-29 advantage at the break.

The second half opened the same was as the first, with the teams exchanging ties and leads. The final tie came with 5:41 left to play. St. Thomas broke the tie with a free throw that was part of an "and one" at 5:41.

The three points were the start of a 9-2 run that put St. Thomas up by five, 54-49, with three and a half minutes to play. After that, the Tommies held control of the scoreboard.

Mary Wilkowski (Sr., Savannah, Ga.) had a game-high 26 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Pipers. Poirier, Robinson, and Nikki Klinck (Sr., Hibbing, Minn.) tallied 10 apiece.

St. Thomas was led by 12 points and 11 rebounds from Sarah Smith.

The Pipers are now 5-9, 4-7 MIAC while the Tommies are 10-3, 9-1 MIAC. Hamline will next play on Wednesday, January 19, at Carleton. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.