When your opponent shoots 58 per cent in the first half, you are going to have a lot of work on your hands to snare a victory. That's what happened to the Piper women Saturday. Bethel connected on 18 of 31 first half tries to grab a 21-point halftime lead and held off a second half surge to defeat the Pipers, 67-53, Saturday afternoon in Arden Hills.
Kara Poirier and Steph Pilgrim scored 13 points each for Hamline, which fell to 7-16 overall, 6-14 in the MIAC.
The Pipers never led. They trailed 12-8 with 14 minutes left in the half when the Royals hit three shots in a row to make it a 19-10 game. The Pipers were bale to get the margin to six before the Royals made a late run for a 43-22 edge at intermission.
In the second half, Hamline came roaring back. Jordan Sammons' three-point play made it a 59-53 game with 4:19 left. Unfortunately, the Royals scored the game's last eight points away to put the game out of reach.
Hamline returns home for its final home game Wednesday night against St. Mary's. Game time at Hutton Arena is 7:30 p.m.