ST. PAUL – Hamline scored the opening basket of the game and hold the lead for 15 seconds in the opening minutes of the game. It would be the only lead they held throughout the night, as the St. Thomas women's basketball team capitalized on 22 Piper turnovers on the way to a 80-32 victory Wednesday night at Hutton Arena.
The Tommies held Hamline to 20.4-percent (11-54) shooting and scored 31 points off of 22 Piper turnovers to cruise to the win, which was the sixth straight to open the year and third in the conference. Hamline falls to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in league play.
After Hamline's Ivannie Robertson converted a layup for the game's opening basket, the Tommies rattled off seven straight points to spark a 19-6 run throughout the remainder of the opening quarter.
With the score 19-8 in favor of St. Thomas, the second quarter script followed that of the first. Hamline outscored the Tommie women 7-6 through the first five minutes of the second to cut the lead to 10 points (25-15). But St. Thomas went on to score the last 12 points of the quarter and held the Pipers scoreless over the final 5:18 of the frame to take a 37-15 lead to the break.
The Tommies came out to build a 35-point lead (55-20) thanks to an 18-5 run to open the second half and the bench took over from there. The St. Thomas reserves scored 31 of its 37 points in the second half, as a total of 15 Tommies touched the floor, 11 of which scored.
A 22-point halftime lead stretched to 36 after three quarters as St. Thomas went on to outscore the Pipers 23-9 in the frame and won the fourth quarter 20-8 to cap off the 80-32 win.
St. Thomas shot 46.2-percent (30-65) from the floor and 78.9-percent (15-19) from the free throw line, while holding Hamline to just 20.4-percent (11-54) shooting. The Tommies outrebounded the Pipers 51-32 and racked up 17 assists on the night. UST also capitalized on 22 Hamline turnovers to score 31 points.
Gabby Zehrer and Kaitlin Langer led four players in double-figure scoring for the Tommies with 16 points apiece. Hannah Spaulding came off the bench to add 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Lauren Fischer followed with 10 points and six boards.
Tia Diggins, Alaina Quaranta, and Morgen Coleman each scored seven points to lead the Pipers. Diggins also pulled down seven rebounds, while Quaranta added a game-high three steals.
St. Thomas will be back in action again on Saturday when it hosts Saint Benedict at 1:00 pm at Schoenecker Arena.