The Pipers jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the opening four minutes of play against the Tommies. The score remained there until the Tommies made a pair of free throws two minutes later.
Hamline stayed ahead until St. Thomas’ Kassie Robinson (So., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) tied the game at 9-9 just before the 12-minute mark. Mary Wilkowski (Jr., Little Canada, Minn.) promptly answered with a lay-up, but Jordyn Sears (So., St. Cloud, Minn.) gave St. Thomas their first lead, 12-11, just seconds later with a three-pointer.
The Pipers took back control of the scoreboard, gaining an 18-14 lead at 8:31. Hamline then went on a 6-3 run from there that ended with a Tromesa May (Fy., St. Louis Park, Minn.) lay-up to give the Pipers a 24-17 lead at 4:01.
The Tommies scored the next four points in the game, cutting their deficit to three points, 24-21, with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Rachel Booth (Jr., Minneapolis, Minn.) then gave St. Thomas a 28-26 lead with lay-ups at 48 and 11 seconds remaining in the half.
The Pipers had the final possession in the half, inbounding the ball after Booth’s lay-up with 10 seconds on the clock. Hamline drove down and Nikki Klinck (Jr., Hibbing, Minn.) went up for a shot from the right elbow and was fouled as the buzzer sounded. She made both free throws to tied the game, 28-28, as the teams headed into the locker room.
Wilkowski led the Pipers with 10 points in the first half while Booth had eight to lead the Tommies.
St. Thomas opened with the first five points of the second half, and maintained a four or five point lead until Karia Poirier drained a three-pointer just over four minutes into the half to get the Pipers to within one, 36-35.
The teams traded baskets on the next several possessions, with St. Thomas maintaining the one-point advantage until the 10-minute mark. After a wild scramble for a rebound in the paint ended with Klinck snagging the ball, she popped it out to Jackie Kelly (Jr., Blaine, Minn.). Kelly drained the trey to tie the game, 47-47, with 10:01 left in the game.
Sears responded with a three-pointer for the Tommies to go up 50-47, but Kelly answered in kind, and the score was knotted at 50-50 with just under nine minutes to play.
St. Thomas pulled back out to a five-point lead that expanded to eight, 65-57, on another three-pointer from Sears with 3:35 to play. The Tommies remained in control from there, winning the game by eight, 77-69.
Wilkowski had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kelly led the Piper scoring with 16 points, Tromesa May had 15, Klinck added 14, and Poirier had 10 points.
Booth led St. Thomas with 35 points while Sears had 13 points.
The conference loss drops Hamline to a 12-13, 10-12 MIAC record to end the season and the Tommies improve to 18-7, 15-7 MIAC. The Pipers were eliminated from the playoffs when Bethel defeated Carleton this afternoon and St. Catherine was the beneficiary of the tie-breaker to receive the sixth spot in the playoffs.