In the end, it came down to who could get to the free throw line more. Macalester's Holly Schiedermayer hit a free throw with 23 seconds left to break a tie and send the Pipers to a 61-60 defeat Saturday afternoon at Hutton Arena. The Scots went 13-for-22 from the charity stripe compared to the Pipers' total of 9-for-12.
The Pipers started slowly but caught fire with a 25-6 run to take a 13-point lead at 33-20 late in the first half. The Scots, however, scored the final seven points of the half to make it 33-27 at intermission.
In the second half, HU pushed the lead to 12 points at 47-35 only to see Macalester rally to take the lead at 60-48 with 43 seconds left. Jordan Sammons, who led the Pipers with 16 points and eight rebounds, replied with a layup to knot the game at 60 with 43 seconds left. After Schiedermayer gave the Scots the lead, HU had two shots but failed to connect. The Pipers are now 4-12, 3-10 in the MIAC. They have lost their four games by a total of just seven points.
In addition ot Sammons' scoring, Kara Poirier added a dozen points. Steph Pilgrim chipped in with 11 and Rachel Usgaard returned from the injury list to contribute 10 markers.
Hamline is off until Wednesday when they host St. Thomas at Hutton Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m.