February 11, 2009

Pipers pluck Cardinals in Winona

The Pipers warmed up quickly after the long bus ride to Winona, going on a 20-0 run following a 5-5 tie early in the game. With Hamline up 25-5 with four and a half minutes left in the first half, the Cardinals ended the scoring streak by the visitors.  At halftime, Hamline led by a score of 32-17.

Hamline started the second half on a 12-0 tear, going up 44-17 before a Saint Mary’s three-pointer put the Cardinals on the board again. The Pipers never backed down, winning by a 31-point margin, 74-43.

The Pipers were led by 17 points apiece from Jessica Heinen (Sr., Spicer, Minn.) and Gabriella Gustafson (Sr., St. Louis Park, Minn.). Mary Wilkowski (So., Savannah, Ga.) contributed 15 points and nine rebounds, while Nikki Klinck (So., Hibbing, Minn.) had seven boards and four assists.

With the conference win, the Pipers are now 15-7, 12-7 MIAC. Saint Mary’s is 3-19, 3-16 MIAC. Hamline will travel to Saint Benedict for a 3:00 p.m. start on Saturday, February 14.