Hamline News

February 21, 2009

Pipers fall to Tommies, will get third chance in playoffs

The Pipers began the game on a 14-1 run as St. Thomas didn’t make their second basket until over six and a half minutes into the game. Hamline kept the pressure on the Tommies and carried a 36-15 lead into the locker room.

The Tommies came back out for the second half and shot 71% from the field in the second half, as opposed to the 21% they shot in the opening 20 minutes. The Pipers reversed their shooting fortunes, shooting just under 32% in the second half after making nearly 54% of their shots in the first half.

That sharp shooting allowed them to erase their 21-point first-half deficit, as they took over, and kept, the lead with seven minutes to play.

The Pipers were led by 22 points from Mary Wilkowski (So., Savannah, Ga.), 19 points from Jessica Heinen (Sr., Spicer, Minn.), and 10 from Rochelle Sather (So., Andover, Minn.).

Wilkowski and Heinen each recorded a rebound-points double-double, pulling down 10 boards apiece.

The Pipers finish the regular season with a record of 15-10, 12-10 MIAC.

The Pipers will have one more chance at the Tommies, as the #6 seed will play their MIAC first round game at St. Thomas on Tuesday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m.