January 28, 2009

Piper women tie school win streak record

The Pipers started off with the lead in the game, before St. Olaf came back late in the first half to take a 27-25 lead with a minute before halftime. Mary Wilkowski (So., Savannah, Ga.) then hit a short jumper to tie the game with 30 seconds left.

Just seconds before the buzzer ended the opening 20 minutes, Nikki Klick (So., Hibbing, Minn.) drained a three-pointer to give the Pipers a 30-27 halftime lead.

The Oles took a one-point lead with the opening two baskets of the second half, before Wilkowski put the Pipers back on top by one with a short shot at 17:30.

The Pipers stayed in control of the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, stretching their lead out to 13. St. Olaf attempted a late game rally, but couldn’t close the gap.

Klinck had 10 points to lead the Pipers, while Wilkowski had nine and Jessica Heinen (Sr., Spicer, Minn.) had eight. Heinen led the Pipers off the boards with seven rebounds.

The Pipers are now 13-4, 10-4 MIAC with the conference victory. Hamline returns home to Hutton Arena on Saturday, January 31, to host Carleton at 1:00 p.m. The game is the first of a women’s/men’s double-header.

The double-header will be a "Think Pink" event hosted by Piper student-athletes. The event is designed to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research, and is being conducted in honor of Hamline professor Deanna Thompson. Professor Thompson is currently fighting her own courageous battle with the disease. Proceeds from the game, as well as donations collected, will be donated by the student-athletes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. "Think Pink" t-shirts will be available at the game for $10 as part of the fundraiser.