MIAC roundup – March 4

Levi Jones, Sports editor

Hamline Women’s Basketball

@ Gustavus Adolphus 84-76 L

For the first time since 2013, the women’s basketball team made the MIAC playoffs. The team narrowly beat Concordia the week prior in order to break ahead of a three way and secure tie 5th spot in the MIAC playoffs. Their first opponent in the tournament would be Gustavus Adolphus. The game took place on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Hamline traveled to St. Peter yet Hamline fans were able to watch from a livestream in Anderson. The game did not start well for the Pipers as they put up only five points against Gustavus’ 12 in the first four minutes. Hamline quickly responded with a seven point run bringing them within two of their MIAC opponents. As the first quarter came to an end and the second quarter began Hamline had managed to keep them within ten. As halftime was nearing Gustavus reclaimed their lead. The first half ended 37-28. Down by nine, the Pipers need to rally in order to bring themselves back into the game. The third quarter saw the teams exchanging three pointers. Yet Hamline’s nine point run partway through the quarter put them within four by the end of the third. As the final quarter came around the pressure was on. The season would be determined by what happened this quarter. Hamline put together a strong offensive drive, scoring 23 points. Yet for every shot Hamline made Gustavus responded with their own. By the end of the night, Hamline fell 84-76. The strong second half performance did not end up making up for the shortcomings of the first half. With their last game, Hamline women’s basketball will come back next season. This season ended with the team 15-11 record, 10-10 in the MIAC


Women’s Track and Field Indoor Championships

90 pts. 4th place

Teams from the MIAC gathered over the weekend for the indoor championship. The tournament saw 11 teams competing. From the Piper’s lineup came senior Brian’s Berninghaus. Berninghaus had won the 200 meter the year prior. This year she did it again. Berninghaus ran her fastest time of the year finishing first with a time of 25.61. Alongside Berninghaus was sophomore Alexandra Kolstad, who won the shot put with a distance of 13.94 meters. Kolstad and Berninghaus’ performances were backed up by other scoring athletes including Junior Helen Dolan who had two second place finishes in both the Mile and the 1000 meter. Dolan set a school record with her mile run. By the end of the three days even Hamline had 90 points. At 91 points were St. Olaf and Bethel, who tied for second. The tournament was won by St.Thomas with 171 points at the event.


Women’s Hockey

@Augsburg 2-1 L

For the third year in a row Hamline women’s hockey made the playoffs. After making it to Nationals the two years prior expectations for the 18-4-4 Hamline team. Their first opponent of the tournament would be Augsburg, a team they had split with early in the season. As the teams took the ice for this game the stakes were higher. Whichever team lost their season would end. The Pipers started strong a goal from senior Bre Simon just over three minutes into the game put Hamline up 1-0. The Pipers maintained their score throughout the first period. Augsburg manages to tie it up in the second period. The final period rolled around with the game tied 1-1 and shots nearly as close, Hamline having the slight advantage at 13-12.  The third period came with its difficult penalties. Two penalties from Hamline made them play 3 on 5 during the period. However, Hamline was able to hold off the Auggies. As the clock wound down neither team had managed to get that game winning goal. An overtime period would be played. Overtime started with Hamline down a player from a late 3rd period penalty. After pushing through the Auggie’s power play the team tried to respond yet were stopped short. At eight minutes into the period, Augsburg scored. Hamline fell 2-1 in overtime. While they will not be going to the MIAC championships it is still possible they get selected for the NCAA DIII tournament