The Hamline women’s basketball team ended a futile run of seven consecutive losses with a 67-57 win over St. Catherine’s Saturday afternoon at Butler Center.
The losing streak included a string of four losses by a combined seven points and saw Hamline (5-13, 4-11) re-work their roster after several injuries and departures gutted their depth.
Although there was no repeat of Hamline’s 106-100 double overtime win over St. Catherine’s (1-17, 0-15) in the first meeting, Hamline did force 18 turnovers that led to 14 points.
Neither team shot with impressive accuracy, but the Pipers were more successful in extending the perimeter, banking nine shots from three-point range.
Hamline junior guard Steph Pilgrim scored a game-high 16 points, junior guard Kara Poirer put up 15 points and freshman guard Jordan Sammons added 12.
St. Catherine’s center Adele Simerson-Wallfred got a double-double in her starting assignment with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Sarina Baker had 13 points, but unlike the first meeting with Hamline, she struggled to a 4-of-17 mark in field goals.
The Pipers and Wildcats traded barbs through most of the first half, until the Pipers closed the period with a 14-4 run that was capped off by a Poirer trey. The surge gave Hamline a 33-26 halftime lead.
Hamline took total control from that point, not allowing their inner-city conference rival to get closer than five points in the second half.
With their longest losing streak of the season behind them, Hamline will look to continue their momentum Monday night, when they host St. Olaf.