Hamline News

Knights come out on top in Pipers' home opener

The visiting Knights started out quickly, opening with a three-pointer from Akemi Arzouman (So., Irvine, Calif.). That would be the only scoring on the board for the opening three minutes until Mary Wilkowski (Sr., Savannah, Ga.) made a jumper at the 17-minute mark.

Carleton scored the next six points for a a seven-point lead, 9-2, at 13:54. The Pipers then climbed back, as Wilkowski tied the game at 13 apiece just before the halfway point of the opening 20 minutes.

The Knights rebounded, however, and Emma Purfeerst (Fy., River Falls, Wis.) and Megan Meads (Fy., Stillwater, Minn.) combined to put Carleton up by seven again, 22-14, with less than seven minutes to play before halftime.

At the break, Carleton led the Pipers by four, 30-26.

The Knights started out quickly in the second half, as well, going on a 9-2 run to start the half and take a 39-28 lead in the first three minutes.

A pair of back-to-back three-pointers from Nikki Klinck (Sr., Hibbing, Minn.) inside the 15-minute mark cut Hamline's deficit to two, 41-39, at 12:52, but Ally Weaver (Sr., Iowa City, Iowa) answered quickly for the Knights with a jumper ten seconds later.

Klinck got the Pipers to within two again, 44-42, at 10:05, but a 10-2 Carleton run gave them a 54-44 advantage over the next two and a half minutes.

Once again, the Pipers slowly tore away at the lead as Brianna Blackhawk (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) hit a pair of free throws and a shot from outside the arc, followed by another Klinck three inside the two-minute mark.

After Klinck's contribution from outside the arc, the Pipers trailed by just two again, 66-64, with just over a minute to play.

Purfeerst and Arzouman combined for five points to finish off Carleton's scoring, countered only by another free throw from Klinck, as the clock wound down.

Purfeerst led the Knights with a double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds). Weaver and Arzouman had 17 points apiece for the Knights.
The Pipers were led by 18 points from Wilkowski, 15 points from Blackhawk, and 13 points from Klinck. Wilkowski had eight rebounds to lead Hamline in that category.

Hamline is now 1-2, 0-1 MIAC while Carleton is 2-2, 1-0 MIAC. Hamline next hosts St. Catherine on Saturday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m.