Hamline and Augsburg were tied at five in the opening three minutes before the Pipers went on a 13-4 run. That stretch gave them an 18-9 lead at 14:10. The Pipers had a 10-point lead, 24-14, at 11:31, when the Auggies’ Shannon Renne (Jr., Nicollet, Minn.) scored six straight points to make it a four-point game at 10:55.
The teams remained knotted around the four-point margin as the nine-minute mark started a three-minute scoreless stretch. Augsburg cut their deficit to two, 27-25, at 6:05 to end the scoring drought.
The Pipers’ Mary Wilkowski (Jr., Savannah, Ga.) regained a four-point, 29-25, lead for the hosts on a jumper at 5:25. Hamline held on to that lead into the locker room, up 42-38 at the break.
Wilkowski tallied 16 points in the first half while Jackie Kelly (Jr., Blaine, Minn.) had 11. Renne led the Auggies with 19 first-half points.
Hamline led in the second half until a Renne trey tied the game, 62-62, with 5:45 remaining on the game clock. Augsburg went on to take a two-point lead, 64-62, 45 seconds later.
Kelly tied the game for the fourth time on a pair of threes, and then drained a three-pointer to go up 67-64 with 4:06 remaining. Augsburg made it a one-point game four times within the next two minutes. However, a trey from Kara Poirier (Fy., Eau Claire, Wis.) and a jumper from Wilkowski at the two-minute mark put the game away for the Pipers.
Renne had a game-high 32 points to lead the Auggies while Wilkowski scored 30 and had seven rebounds for the Pipers. Kelly tallied 16 along with nine assists while Nikki Klinck (Jr., Hibbing, Minn.) had 10 points and eight assists.
The Pipers shot just under 56 percent for the game while the Auggies were just shy of 39 percent in shooting from the field.
After the conference win, the Pipers are now 7-8, 5-7 MIAC and the Auggies drop to 3-12, 3-9 MIAC. The Pipers remain on the road to play the first game of a women’s-men’s double-header at Macalester on Saturday, January 23. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.