The win was the first Piper win over the Gusties since a 66-57 victory at the end of the 2000-01 season.
The two teams entered halftime tied up at 27-27. Jessica Heinen (Sr.,
Spicer, Minn.) led the Pipers’ opening 20 minutes with nine points and
three rebounds. A pair of Gusties in Brianna Radtke (Jr., Winsted,
Minn.) and Molly Geske (Fy., Mendota Heights, Minn.) led their team with
six points each.
With the Pipers down 58-57 and 50 seconds on the clock, Heinen was
sent to the free throw line where two swooshes gave Hamline a 59-58
lead. On the Gusties’ next possession, sophomore guard Nikki Klink
(Hibbing, Minn.) drew a Gustavus offensive foul just outside of the
paint, getting the ball back for the Pipers with a one-point lead and 34
seconds left in the game.
Rochelle Sather (Jr., Andover, Minn.) put the Pipers up by three with
23 seconds when she was left open under the basket for an easy layup. A
three-point attempt by the Gusties in the final 10 seconds failed, and a
pair of free throws with less than a second to play gave Hamline the
five-point victory at 63-58.
Heinen finished with 15 points and seven rebounds for the Pipers,
while sophomore Mary Wilkowski (Savannah, Ga.) paired 15 points with six
rebounds. Jackie Kelly (So., Blaine, Minn.) had 11 points.
Radtke led Gustavus with 13 points, while Geske and Katie Layman (So., Hudson, Wis.) each had 12.
The Pipers shot nearly 88% from the free throw line in the game
(7-for-8), while the Gusties were just 9-for-22 (41%) from the line.
Hamline improves to 8-4, 5-4 MIAC with the conference win, while the
Gusties drop to 8-3, 6-2 MIAC. The Pipers next travel to St. Catherine
for a 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, January 14.