SMU women outlast Hamline in a squeaker

Molly O’Toole sank a pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds left in the game en route to equaling a career-best 23 points to lead the Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team to its sixth consecutive win in a 68-65 win over Hamline at SMU Gym on Wednesday.

O’Toole scored 19 points in the first half to help provide SMU (14-4, 8-3 MIAC) with a 34-30 halftime lead, but the Pipers opened the second half on a seven-point run to take a 37-34 lead, which they would eventually build to nine.

Shelby Auseth drilled a 3-pointer with 9:20 to go to pull the Cardinals even at 50-50. Saint Mary’s would build its lead to seven before Hamline (9-9, 4-7) scored six straight points to pull within one, 66-65 with one minute remaining.

Jordan Sammons, who finished with a team-best 22 points, missed a jumper with six seconds on the clock, which led to O’Toole’s free throws that secured the win. It was the second time this season that O’Toole put up on 23 on Hamline.

Emma Schaefer added 10 for SMU, while handing out a career-high seven assists.

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