Je'Naya Brown and Jordan Sammons had 28 points each and Cassidy Vogt added 25 points and 10 rebounds as Hamline rallied for a 106-100 double OT victory over St. Catherine's Saturday afternoon at Hutton Arena. It is the most points the Piper women have ever scored in a MIAC game. It is also the most points HU has scored since setting a team record with 118 against North Central in a 2004 non-conference game.
The game was tight from the start. Both teams came out gunning in a first half that saw HU lead by as many 10 points. But the Wildcats came back and the half ended in a 45-all tie. The lead went back and forth in the second stanza. Brown's free throw with 21 seconds to play tied the game at 80 and forced the first extra period. The Wildcats jumped to a fast four-point lead and still led 90-86 with less than a minute to go when Sammons stole the ball and fed Vogt for a three-pointer. Stephanie Rice then stole the ball and found Vogt, who was fouled with 15 seconds left. She made one of the two shots and the game was 90-all heading into the second OT.
The Pipers took over immediately in this session. Brown quickly hit a three-pointer and Kara Poirier added two free throws for a 95-90 edge. Rice's layup with 1:04 left made it 103-96 but the Wildcats promptly whittled the margin to three with 12 seconds to play at 103-100. But they missed the shot on the inbounds play and Vogt grabbed the important rebound. She was quickly found and made one shot. Rice was later fouled and made two more shots and the exhausting game was finally over.
The Pipers ended the game with 19 steals, also a conference record.
Hamline is now 2-1 overall (1-1 in the MIAC). They embark on a busy week with three road games, starting Monday night at St. Thomas. On Wednesday, the Pipers travel to Northfield to face St. Olaf and then wrap up the week with a Saturday matinee at Concordia.
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