Hamline News

January 21, 2009

Pair of double-doubles helps extend win streak to six

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 season.

Two Pipers tallied double-doubles as Wilkowski finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pipers, while Heinen had 18 and 11 rebounds.

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.