Augsburg scored the first basket in the game, setting the tone for a
back-and-forth first half that saw several lead changes. With 11 seconds
left in the first half, Augsburg took a two-point lead at 32-30. A
layup from Mary Wilkowski (So., Savannah, Ga.) with five seconds on the
clock sent the game into halftime tied at 32-32.
The Pipers began to open up a lead in the first five minutes of the
second half. At 16:13, Jessica Heinen (Sr., Spicer, Minn.) made a layup,
then blocked and rebounded and Auggie shot attempt. Those plays kicked
off a 6-0 run that put Hamline up by eight, 47-39, with 15 minutes left
in the game.
Hamline extended their advantage into the double-digits for the first
time at 53-43. Wilkowski sank a pair of free throws with just under 11
minutes to play to gain that 10-point lead.
Augsburg chipped away at the lead, pulling to within four points with
seven minutes to play. Nikki Klink (So., Hibbing, Minn.) immediately
drained a trey to put Hamline back up by seven, 61-54.
The Pipers kept control of the game, leading to the six-point victory
and their sixth straight win. The win streak is the longest for the
Pipers since a seven-game win streak 23 years ago, during the 1985-86
Two Pipers tallied double-doubles as Wilkowski finished with 21
points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pipers, while Heinen had 18 and 11
Hamline’s record is now 11-4, 8-4 MIAC with the conference win. The
Auggies move to 3-12, 1-11 MIAC. Hamline will return home to host
Macalester on Saturday, January 24, at 1:00 p.m. The game will be the
first in a women’s-men’s double-header against the Scots.