A shot from outside the arc from the Cardinals’ Michelle Carne (Fy.,
Escanaba, Mich.) put Saint Mary’s on the scoreboard first, and the two
team exchanged several two- and three-point advantages throughout the
opening 20 minutes of play.
In the final four minutes of the first half, the Cardinals stretched
out their lead to 29-20. The Pipers’ responded with a converted
three-point play from Mary Wilkowski (So., Savannah, Ga.) and a pair of
free throws by Jackie Kelly (So., Blaine, Minn.) to trail by four,
29-25, at the half.
The Cardinals held onto that lead for several minutes in the second
half, but the Pipers picked away at their advantage on the scoreboard.
With a three-pointer from Jessica Heinen (Sr., Spicer, Minn.), the hosts
tied the game just under seven minutes into the half. Wilkowski then
nailed a jumper to regain the lead at 41-39 with under ten minutes to
Hamline took off from there, staying ahead of the Cardinals for the
remainder of the contest to keep them winless on the season, earning the
The Pipers’ lead was extended in the final minutes on the strength of
strong shooting from the line by Britta Schwarthoff (Sr., Hayward,
Wis.) and Nikki Klinck (So., Hibbing, Minn.), as well as a Klinck
The Pipers were led by Heinen’s 16 points, while Wilkowski added 12 and Kelly had 10 points.
Jess Miller (So., Carver, Minn.) led the visitors with 16 points,
while Carne has 12 and Cherie Kulig (So., Independence, Wis.) added 11.
Hamline shot 14-for-16 from the free throw line in the game,
including a perfect 4-for-4 performance from Schwartzhoff at the line in
the final minute.
The Pipers now stand at 7-4, 4-4 MIAC with the conference win. The
Cardinals drop to 0-10, 0-7 MIAC. Hamline will remain home for their
second straight conference contest, hosting Gustavus in a women’s-men’s
double-header on Saturday, January 10. The women’s game will start at