Strong second half leads Hamline past Ole women
January 30, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn.- After leading by four points at halftime, St. Olaf was outscored 40-23 in the second half in a 70-57 MIAC women's basketball loss to Hamline on Monday night at Hutton Arena.
St. Olaf scored 11 of the game's first 14 points in the game's opening four minutes. Kirstee Rotty scored seven points during the Oles hot start. The Oles led throughout the first half but the Pipers hung around. A Jordan Sammons layup four seconds before halftime sent the teams to the break with St. Olaf ahead 34-30.
Hamline took the lead for the first time in the game after another Sammons layup with 15:09 remaining in the game. The teams remained locked in a tight game until the Pipers went on a decisive run in the last seven minutes of the game.
With 7:21 to play, the hosts led 52-51 but Hamline went on a 16-2 run over the next five minutes to take a 15 point advantage with under two minutes to play. During the run, St. Olaf missed eight straight shots, including three layups and only managed two free throws. The Pipers shot 10-11 from the charity stripe during the decisive run.
The Oles had three players in double figures. Rotty scored 16 on 7-16 shooting but cooled off after her hot first few minutes. Leading-scorer Mackenzie Wolter scored 12 on 3-7 from the field and added four assists. Erin Haglund was the third Ole in double digits, making four of ten shots for 11 points.
Hamline was balanced offensively, getting four players in double figures. Steph Pilgrim led the way with 22 points. The junior guard made four three-pointers and all eight of her free throws. Kara Poirier, Sammons, and Je'Naya Brown pitched in with 14, 11, and 10 points, respectively. Sammons also added 11 rebounds to notch a double-double.
The Oles made just six of 26 attempts from the field in the second half, as the Pipers pulled away. St. Olaf shot 19-55 (34.5%) for the game, while the hosts shot 20-52 (38.5%). Hamline held a significant advantage at the free throw line, making 24 of 27 attempts, while the Oles were 14-21.
The Pipers improve to 6-13, 5-11 in MIAC play. St. Olaf falls to 13-6, 10-6 in the conference. The Oles are currently in a three-way tie with Bethel and Concordia for third in the MIAC, while Hamline is tenth. St. Olaf looks to bounce back on Wednesday night when Gustavus pays a visit to the Skoglund Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30.