December 14, 2009

Robinson tallies 21 in Piper victory

After trailing 7-4 to open the game, the Pipers went on a 10-2 run to take a 14-9 lead at 13:39. In that stretch, Nikki Klinck (Jr., Hibbing, Minn.) snagged a pair of steals in the first five minutes and Stephanie Robinson (So., Sioux City, Iowa) hit three straight lay-ups and a pair of free throws.

The Knights came back to tie the game, 16-16, at 10:58 on a shot by Megan Mileusnic (Sr., Orono, Minn.). The teams tied the game again almost immediately at 18-18, and it stayed deadlocked until Robinson made her fifth lay-up of the half at 7:55 for the 20-18 lead. Her sixth pair of points from under the basket gave Hamline a seven-point lead, 25-18, at 6:04.

Hamline shutout Carleton from the floor in the final ten minutes of the first half, allowing only a pair of free throws with 8.6 seconds on the clock. The Pipers held a 39-20 lead at halftime. 

Robinson tallied 17 points in the opening 20 minutes on 7-for-7 shooting in the paint. She was also one of three Pipers to have a team-high three rebounds and four different Pipers to record two steals in the first half.

Georgia Brown (So., Augusta, Ga.) had five points to lead the Knights in the first half.

The Knights scored the first five points of the second half to cut their deficit to 14 at 39-25. However, 14 points was as close as Carleton could close the score. The Pipers took control for good after that, leading by 15 or more points until the final buzzer at 70-52.

Robinson finished with 21 points and five rebounds while Jackie Kelly (Jr., Blaine, Minn.) contributed 16 points and six boards. Klinck had 10 points.

Carleton was led by 15 points from Akemi Arzouman (Fy., Irvine, Calif.) and 10 from Mileusnic.

Hamline moves to 3-3, 3-2 MIAC with the conference win while the Knights are now 1-7, 1-4 MIAC. The Pipers will head to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to play their next two games as part of the Cruzin’ Classic. They will play Curry College on Saturday, December 19, and North Central College on Sunday, December 20. Hamline returns to conference play, and Hutton Arena, on Monday, January 4, to host Bethel University at 7:30 p.m.