Judy Garland isn't the only one who thought there was no place like home. The HU women's bb team agrees with the state's famous daughter ... even without ruby red slippers. Kara Poirier's free throw with 13.1 seconds remaining in the game proved to be the difference as Hamline edged Augsburg, 62-61 at Hutton Arena Monday night. With the win, the Pipers snapped a five-game losing streak and improved to 3-6 overall (2-4 MIAC )on the season. All three of those wins have come in the only games they have played on their home court this year.
The one was as difficult as it sounds. the lead changed hands a dozen times. The score was tied on 10 different occasions. The Pipers danced perilously on the edge all night, finishing the game with four players saddled with four fouls. But they came through with big plays when they had to to slip by the persistent Auggies.
Jordan Sammons led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points. Steph Pilgrim carried the load in the early going and ended up with 14 points. Je'Naya Brown added a dozen and Poirier hit some key shots en route to ending up with 10 points.
One of those shots came with 2:25 to go play and lifted HU into a 59-58 lead. Samons' layup made it 61-58 but the Auggies came back to tie the game with 38 seconds left. But they missed a second free throw and HU patiently waited for the last shot. Before they could get it, Poirier was fouled. She made the first shot but missed the second. A relentless HU defense forced a jump ball with the Pipers taking possession with .8 seconds remaining. It was now Augsburg's turn to play defense and they ended up getting the ball back with 1/10th of a second left. HU made sure nobody was available to get the inbounds pass and danced off the Hutton Arena undefeated in 2012.
Hamline will get a chance ot make it two in a row Wednesday night when they host Carleton at Hutton. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
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