January 18, 2010

Sharper shooting carries Tommies over Pipers

St. Thomas jumped out to a quick start, immediately taking an 8-0 advantage on the scoreboard in the opening two minutes.

The Tommies climbed out to a 13-point lead at the midway point of the half, but the Pipers cut their deficit to just eight points at halftime, 33-25.

Hamline trailed by ten, 44-34, with 12:33 remaining in the game. Nikki Klinck (Jr., Hibbing, Minn.) hit a three-pointer, followed by a Jessica Englund free throw (So., St. Francis, Minn.) and a jumper from Mary Wilkowski (Jr., Savannah, Ga.), Those points made it a four-point game, 44-40, at the ten-minute mark.

St. Thomas immediately bounced back from the six-point Piper run, scoring the next seven points. They maintained a double-digit lead after that.

The Tommies shot nearly 52 percent from the field in the first half and nearly 42 percent in the second half, compared to just 21 percent over the course of the game for the Pipers.

Klinck and Kara Poirier (Fy., Eau Claire, Wis.) had nine points apiece to lead the Pipers. Klinck also had eight boards. Tromesa May (Fy., Plymouth, Minn.) led Hamline's rebounding with ten and chipped in eight points, while Wilkowski had nine rebounds and added eight points.

The Pipers drop to 6-8, 4-7 MIAC. They will return home to Hutton Arena for their next game, hosting Augsburg on Wednesday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m.