January 21, 2009

Wilkowski receives national recognition

The Team of the Week is in its 12th season and recognizes the top performance at each of the five positions from the previous week. It is selected by D3hoops.com staff from nominations by SIDs and coaches. The complete team of the week may be seen by clicking here.

Wilkowski put together a pair of outstanding games last week to help lead the Hamline University Pipers to a 2-0 week. The team posted MIAC wins over St. Catherine on the road (77-65) and at home against a first place Saint Benedict team (69-65). 
 
Wilkowski has been essential in leading Hamline to their first five-game MIAC win streak since a seven-game streak in 1985-86 (23 seasons).
 
The win over Saint Benedict was the Pipers' fifth in a row (all in MIAC play) and sixth in seven games. The streak has moved them from 2-4 in the conference to 7-4 MIAC, and into a tie for fourth place with three teams tied in first. Also, the win over the Blazers was just the third in school history, and the first since a pair of wins over the Blazers 23 years ago during the 1985-86 season.
 
Wilkowski averaged 20.5 points per game last week, putting up 23 points and pulling down eight rebounds against St. Catherine. She then had 18 points and six rebounds (five of them defensive) against the Blazers. 
 
With Hamline down 65-64 with 44 seconds to play in the game against the Blazers, Wilkowski was sent to the free throw line and made both shots, giving the Pipers a lead at 66-65 they would not relinquish.
 
She has been at the heart of the five-game Piper winning streak that has brought them into the top four as the second half of the season starts. In the last five games, Wilkowski has averaged 15.6 ppg and 7/2 rebounds per game. The center has also totaled seven steals and eight assists in those games.

On Monday, Wilkowski was named the MIAC co-athlete of the week for women's basketball, alongside teammate Jessica Heinen (Sr., Spicer, Minn.). 

She is averaging 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season.

The Pipers will play at Augsburg tonight, Wednesday, January 21, at 7:30 p.m. They enter the game with a 10-4, 7-4 MIAC record.