The Cobbers entered the game in a tie with Saint Benedict for second place in the conference. The victory was Hamline’s first win over the Cobbers in three years, the last coming on January 6, 2007.
The opening seven minutes of the game saw a trio of ties at 5-5, 7-7, and 9-9. All of the scoring for the Pipers in that time frame came from Kara Poirier (Fy., Eau Claire, Wis.) and Mary Wilkowski (Jr., Savannah, Ga.).
Lindsey Schultz (Jr., Hitterdal, Minn.) broke open a five-point lead, 14-9, for the Cobbers over the next minute, draining a three-pointer and making a pair of free throws after a mid-court steal. Erica Nord (Jr., Wolverton, Minn.) added a trey for the eight-point run and a 17-9 lead.
With the Pipers trailing 19-14 at 10:20, Nikki Klinck (Jr., Hibbing, Minn.) secured a steal of her own. She drove down the court and converted the three-point play on a lay-up and free throw to cut the Cobber lead back down to three, 19-16.
Klinck then tied the game for the fourth time at 21-21 with a three-pointer at 7:50. That led to Hamline taking the lead at 23-21 with just under six minutes to play in the half on a lay-up from Wilkowski. The Pipers completed an 11-4 run to end the half and led 32-26 at the break.
Wilkowski had 13 points in the first half to lead Hamline while Concordia was led by nine points from Tricia Sorensen (Fy., Bismarck, N.D.). Poirier had three steals in the first half.
The Pipers picked up in the second half where they left off at the end of the first and built up a ten-point lead, 40-30, at the 16-minute mark. Jackie Kelly (Jr., Blaine, Minn.) then added to a double-digit Piper lead with a trey, putting the hosts ahead by 17, 68-51, with less than 4:30 to play.
Hamline went on to win by 12, 75-63. Wilkowski had a double-double and led with game-highs in points (19) and rebounds (10). Klinck added 15 points, Kelly had 14 points, and Poirier added 12. 10 of Klinck’s points came from the free throw line while Kelly drained four three-pointers in the game.
Concordia was led by 14 points from Nord and 12 from Schultz. Sorensen finished with 11.
The conference win moves the Pipers to 9-10, 7-9 MIAC and the Cobbers fall to 13-6, 12-4 MIAC. The Pipers return to the road to play at Bethel on Wednesday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m.