VERMILLION, S.D. – The IPFW women’s basketball team endured a six minute scoring drought to start the second half, that it was never able to overcome, as the Mastodons fell to South Dakota 84-71.
IPFW (12-12 overall, 5-5 Summit League) was led by a game-high 21 points from Ariana Simmons who also tied a career-best with eight rebounds. Haley Seibert chipped in 19 points on the night for the ‘Dons.
Amanda Hyde had 18 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals. Hyde became just the seventh player in school history to score 1,500 points when she knocked down her first shot attempt of the game at the 18:09 mark.
The first half saw eight lead changes and six ties as the two teams battled back-and-forth in the first 15 minutes of play.
Simmons gave IPFW a 25-22 lead with 6:34 to go, but the Coyotes would go on an 18-4 run to take a double digit lead with 1:59 left. Hyde hit two shots to close out the half, as the ‘Dons trailed 40-33 at halftime.
The Mastodon offense struggled to get things going in the second half as they were held scoreless until Simmons hit a layup and the bonus free throw with 14:02 to play in the game, but by then the ‘Dons were trailing 56-36.
South Dakota led by as many as 25 points in the second half at 65-40 with 11:13 to play. IPFW made an 11-1 run, cutting the Coyotes lead 15, and the ‘Dons pulled within 14 points at 76-62 with 4:07 left, but were unable to overcome the South Dakota lead in the final minutes.
The ‘Dons shot 24-of-68 (35.3%) from the floor, but made just 3-of-27 from beyond the arc, for a season-low 11.1 percent. IPFW also connect on 20-of-24 attempts at the charity stripe.
IPFW will play their final league road game of the season when it travels to Denver on February 15 for a 3 p.m. (EST) tip-off.