Hamline’s seven-game win streak is their longest since a program-record eight straight victories in 1984-85 (24 seasons).
The Pipers had to come from behind in the final 65 seconds of play to
pull out the victory. Macalester held a 46-42 halftime lead, and held
onto the advantage until Gabriella Gustafson (Sr., St. Louis Park,
Minn.) drained a jumper with 1:25 left in the game to tie it at 86-86.
Macalester came back down the court and took an 88-86 lead on two
free throws by Danielle Johnson (Jr, DeForest, Wis.). Gustafson then
tied, and took the lead, for the Pipers with 55.3 seconds on the clock
as she drove to the basket and was fouled while making a layup. She
converted on the free throw attempt, as the Pipers went ahead 89-88.
Britta Schwartzhoff (Sr., Hayward, Wis.) added two free throws with
11.4 seconds on the board, giving Hamline a three-point lead at 91-88.
Macalester attempted a shot from outside the arc on their next
possession in an attempt to tie the game, but missed.
Schwartzhoff was sent to the line again with less than a second on
the clock, sinking another free throw, to seal the win at 92-88.
The Pipers went 30-for-33 (.909) from the free throw line in defeating Macalester.
Gustafson had 26 points to lead the Pipers, while Mary Wilkowski (So., Savannah, Ga.) had 21 points and nine rebounds.
Macalester was led by 22 points apiece from Majra Mucic (So., Zenica,
Bosnia) and Ann Baltzer (Jr., Bismarck, N.D.). Jessica Rene (Fy., Eau
Claire, Wis.) added 12, while Johnson had 10.
The Pipers now stand at 12-4, 9-4 MIAC with the conference victory.
The Scots fall to 8-8, 6-7 MIAC. The Pipers will travel to St. Olaf on
Wednesday, January 28, at 5:45 p.m.