Hamline public address announcer Chris Rupar always introduces HU senior guard Kara Poirier (at right) as "The Natural." She certainly played the part Wednesday night at Hutton Arena. Poirier had a season high 19 points, including six key free throws down the stretch as the HU women's basketball team claimed their first win of the season, 65-57, over Augsburg.
Poirier nailed all three three-point tries, was five-for-eight from the field overall and added six assists as the Pipers improved to 1-3 in the MIAC. Steph Pilgrim also canned three treys and had a dozen points. Jordan Sammons scored 10 and led all boarders with12 rebounds (one short of her career high set against Augsburg last season).
In the first half, HU led most of the way and was up 29-22 with a minute remaining when the visitors scored six quick ones to whittle the lead to one. As a sign of things to come, Poirier hit two free throws with .2 on the clock to make it 31-28 at intermission.
The Pipers maintained their edge most of the second half but Augsburg crept ahead 52-51 with 4:21 left. But HU responded with eight straight points (including a rare four-point play by Pilgrim) and never looked back. The 57 points allowed marked the team's best defensive effort of the season.
Hamline will look to make it two in a row Saturday when they visit Bethel for a 1:00 p.m. game.