Hamline sinks 13 threes to down Ole women
February 6, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Kara Poirier hit six of Hamline's 13 threes as the Pipers handed the St. Olaf women's basketball team a 69-64 MIAC setback on Wednesday night at Hutton Arena.
Poirier went 6-for-7 behind the arc and made all six of her free throws to score a game-high 26 points for the Pipers (12-10, 12-7 MIAC). Elise Raney and Mackenzie Wolter each scored 18 points for the Oles (11-11, 9-10 MIAC). St. Olaf was plagued by 23 turnovers.
Hamline jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the first ten minutes of the game. The Oles started out 3-for-17 from the field and committed nine turnovers in the opening stages of the game. Jordan Sammons had baskets on three straight trips for the Pipers.
After trailing 26-14 with 4:51 left in the opening half, St. Olaf got back into the game with a 10-1 run to get within three at halftime. Kim Cerjan had five points in the closing minute of the half for the Oles, including a buzzer-beating jumper.
St. Olaf built up a nine-point lead with 11:13 remaining. Wolter hit two threes as the Oles turned a 37-37 tie into a 49-40 lead. However, Hamline hit four threes of their own in the closing eight minutes to earn the come-from-behind victory. St. Olaf managed just 11 points in the final eight minutes and change.
Je'Naya Brown (11), Jordan Sammons (12), and Steph Pilgrim (13) all joined Poirier in double figures for the Pipers. Sammons added nine rebounds and five steals to her 13 points. Hamline shot 41.1 percent for the game, including 41.9 percent (13-31) from behind the arc.
Raney had a double-double for the Oles as she hauled in 10 rebounds to go with her 18 points. Wolter shot 7-for-17 from the field for her 18 points. Cerjan had nine points and eight rebounds off the bench. Nikki Froger scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for St. Olaf.
The Oles shot 40.0 percent for the game but were outscored 39-18 on threes. St. Olaf held a 45-32 rebounding edge and forced 19 Piper turnovers but those were not enough to overcome their own turnovers and the Hamline three-point barrage.
St. Olaf is now three games behind Hamline and Gustavus who sit in the final two MIAC Playoff spots with just three games to go. The Oles travel to Augsburg on Saturday to face the Auggies at 1 p.m. St. Olaf defeated Augsburg 61-60 at home on January 12.