The first half saw an exchange of three-point shots, ending with the
visiting Royals holding a 37-29 lead at halftime. Gabriella Gustafson
(Sr., St. Louis Park, Minn.) led Hamline with eight first-half points,
while Autumn Beasley (Fy., Medina, Minn.) had 13.
Bethel maintained control of the scoreboard in the second half,
drawing their lead out to 18. A flurry of threes from the Pipers cut the
score to eight at 76-68 with two and a half to play, but they couldn’t
get any closer.
The Pipers were led by Jackie Kelly’s (So., Blaine, Minn.) 18 points,
including 6-for-10 shooting from outside the arc. Jessica Heinen (Sr.,
Spicer, Minn.) added 14, which takes her to 10 points shy of 1,000
career points. Rochelle Sather (Jr., Andover, Minn.) added 10.
Bethel’s scoring was led by Beasley’s 16 points, while Taylor Sheley
(Fy., Backus, Minn.) had 19 and Annegret Nautsch (Sr., Seattle, Wash.)
had a double-double with 16 points and 12 boards.
With the conference loss, Hamline falls to 13-7, 10-7 MIAC. The
Royals improve to 11-9, 10-7 MIAC. Hamline will travel to Gustavus on
Sunday, February 7, for a 1:00 p.m. game.