January 19, 2009

Heinen, Wilkowski share MIAC weekly honor

Heinen and Wilkowski put together a pair of outstanding games last week to lead the Hamline University Pipers to a 2-0 week. The team posted MIAC wins over St. Catherine on the road (77-65) and at home against a first place Saint Benedict team (69-65).

Heinen and Wilkowski have been consistent cogs leading HU's first five-game MIAC win streak since a seven-game streak in 1985-86 (23 seasons).

The win over Saint Benedict was the Pipers’ fifth in a row (all in MIAC play) and sixth in seven games. The streak has moved them from 2-4 in the conference to 7-4 MIAC, and into a tie for fourth place with three teams tied in first. Also, the win over the Blazers was just the third in school history, and the first since a pair of wins over the Blazers 23 years ago during the 1985-86 season.

Wilkowski averaged 20.5 points per game last week, putting up 23 points and pulling down eight rebounds against St. Catherine. She then had 18 points and six rebounds (five of them defensive) against the Blazers.

With Hamline down 65-64 with 44 seconds to play in the game against the Blazers, Wilkowski was sent to the free throw line and made both shots, giving the Pipers a lead at 66-65 they would not relinquish.

Heinen averaged 18.00 points per game last week, as she had 17 points against St. Catherine and a team-high 19 points against Saint Benedict. She also averaged 4.5 rebounds per game and two assists per game.

Heinen hit two free throws with one second remaining against the Blazers to cement the 69-65 victory.

The two have been the heart of the five-game Piper winning streak that has brought them into the top four as the second half of the season starts. In the last five games, Wilkowski has averaged 15.6 ppg and 7/2 rebounds per game. The center has also totaled seven steals and eight assists in those games. Heinen had averaged 14.6 ppg and 5.0 rpg in that stretch. She has added nine assists in those games.

The Pipers will return to the court with a 10-4, 7-4 MIAC record at Augsburg on Wednesday, January 21, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be the first game of the second half of the MIAC season.