Just over ten minutes after the opening tip, the score was tied at 11-11. The Pipers then scored four straight points on baskets from Tromesa May (Fy., Plymouth, Minn.) and Jackie Kelly (Jr., Blaine, Minn.).
The Oles knotted the score at 15-15 with just over six minutes to play in the half, but a series of Piper free throws helped them gain a lead they would carry into the locker room at the break. Hamline led by five at the half, 29-24.
May had 13 points and seven rebounds to lead the Pipers in the first half.
Hamline took control early in the second half, building up to a ten-point lead, 49-39, at 11:45 when Laura Dombrovski (Fy., Maple Lake, Minn.) hit a three.
The Oles responded by going on a 10-1 run to cut the Piper lead to just one point halfway through the period. They took a lead at 6:49 on a jumper, but Nikki Klinck (Jr., Hibbing, Minn.) tied it up at 57-57 on a pair of free throws with less than five minutes to play.
Kelly then drained a three-pointer before the four-minute mark for a 60-57 Piper lead. The Pipers carried that lead to the end, winning by four, 69-65.
May tallied her first collegiate double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling down 12 boards. Mary Wilkowski (Jr., Savannah, Ga.) finished with 17 points and Klinck had 10. May and Wilkowski each had three blocked shots in the game.
The conference win moves the Pipers to 8-9, 6-8 MIAC and the Oles to 2-15, 2-12 MIAC. The Pipers return home to Hutton Arena to host Concordia on Monday, February 1, at 5:45 p.m. The game is the first in a women’s-men’s double-header.