One thing that can be said for the MIAC scheduler -- they know how to give a team a challenge. The Piper women's basketball open the 2012-13 conference slate Wednesday, November 28 at Claire Lynch Hall in St. Joseph against the St. Benedict Blazers.
The Pipers will be looking for their first win of the season. They opened the season by dropping a pair of close games to Wisconsin Lutheran and Wisconsin-Stout in a tournament in Milwaukee. In both games, they held the lead in the second half only to succumb at the end. But they enter this game with the number four and five scorers in the conference. Jordan Sammons (pictured) stands No. 4 with a 16.0 point per game average with Steph Pilgrim close behind at 15.5. Sammons is also tied for third in steals with 4.5 per game. Je'Naya Brown is tied for the league lead in three-pointers with a .667 mark (2-3).
The Blazers missed the playoffs last year for the first time under coach Mike Durbin. They have rebounded nicely for a 2-1 start, averaging nearly 70 points per game. They have forced the issue as well, leading the league in Free Throw Attempts and Made.
Wednesday's game kickstarts a five games in 11 days start to the MIAC season. A live video/audio and stats feed for the game is available by clicking here.
Hamline will play its first home game of the season Saturday, December 1 against St. Thomas as the lidlifter of a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.