ST. PAUL, Minn. — From the start, it was clear that Hamline was on its game Saturday against No. 14 St. Thomas (Minn). With the exception of a brief moment in the second half, they stayed on their game, snapping the Tommies’ 23-game home court winning streak with a solid 66-56 decision at Anderson Center.
The Piper backcourt led the offensive charge as Kara Poirier scored 16 points and Je’Naya Brown added 14. After being without a point in the first half, Steph Pilgrim delivered a dozen points (including 5-for-6 from the free-throw line in the late stages) and Jordan Sammons had her eighth double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pipers moved to 8-7 in MIAC play, keeping pace with St. Olaf for the sixth and final playoff spot.
Hamline shot out of the gate fast, leading by as many as 11 points before settling for a 30-27 intermission edge. The Tommies recovered to take a brief 38-36 lead only to see the Pipers snap up the next 13 points for a 49-38 lead and never look back.
Down the stretch, they connected on seven of eight free throws to seal the decision.
The Pipers outrebounded the taller Tommies by a whopping 46-34 edge. They held UST to just 34.6 shooting from the field.