Hamline News

January 31, 2009

Piper win streak stopped at eight

The game opened with the two teams alternating three-pointers in the opening minutes, helping get to an 11-11 tie after six minutes had ticked off the clock.

A layup from Jessica Englund (Fy., St. Francis, Minn.) half a minute later gave the Pipers a lead they would hold on to until 1:30 remained in the half. Sarah Lincoln (Sr. Rockford, Minn.) made a layup of her own then to put the Knights up, 33-32.

Carleton extended their lead to two with a free throw by Lincoln with 46 seconds on the clock. Then, with 1.9 seconds remaining in the first half, Jackie Kelly (So., Blaine, Minn.) was fouled near the right elbow, and drained both free throws to send the teams into the locker room tied, 34-34.

Gabriella Gustafson (Sr., St. Louis Park, Minn.) led the Pipers in the first half with eight points, including going 2-for-2 from outside the arc. Jessica Heinen (Sr., Spicer, Minn.) had six rebounds in the first half.

Megan Erlandson (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) paced the Knights in the first half by matching Gustafson’s eight points while going 2-for-3 in shooting treys.

The Knights took the lead on the scoreboard coming back onto the court in the second half. After that, the Knights maintained control until the final buzzer. 
The exception was a momentum swing in favor of the Pipers when Kelly drew a Carleton offensive foul and then made a three-pointer on the ensuing possession with less than three minutes to play.

The loss snaps the Pipers’ eight-game win streak, which is tied with the 1984-85 Piper team as the longest in program history.

Hamline was led by Mary Wilkowski’s (So., Savannah, Ga.) 16 points, while Kelly had 12. Rochelle Sather (Jr., Andover,  Minn.) and Grace Weinreich (Sr., Wahkon, Minn.) had 11 apiece.

Sather also added four steals for the Pipers, while Kelly and Heinen dished out five assists apiece.

The Knights were led by 18 from Edlandson, 16 from Hannah Oken-Berg (Sr., Portland, Ore.), 15 from Annie Isler (Sr., Hopkins, Minn.) and 13 from Lincoln.

With the conference loss, Hamline moves to 13-5, 10-5 MIAC. The Knights improve to 8-10, 7-8 MIAC. Hamline will play at home again tomorrow, Sunday, February 1, at 1:00 p.m. They will host the Concordia Cobbers in the first game of a women’s-men’s double-header.