FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In a game that saw both teams go on several scoring runs, the IPFW women’s basketball team held on for a 78-73 win over IUPUI, snapping a four-game winless streak for the Mastodons against their in-state rival.
Amanda Hyde scored 36 points on the afternoon, connecting on 9-of-14 from the floor and tied a career-high making 18 free throws on 20 attempts. The 18 free throws also tied a Summit League record and the 20 attempts rank second in Summit League history. It is the sixth time this season that Hyde scored 30-plus points in a game.
Haley Seibert scored 18 points and led the ‘Dons with four rebounds. Ariana Simmons also scored in double figured with 11 points and had two blocks. In all, seven different IPFW players grabbed at least three rebounds.
With the Mastodons trailing 8-7 early, IPFW ran off a 10-2 run to take a 17-10 lead with 11:33 remaining in the half on a layup by Rachel Rinehart. After a 7-1 run by IUPUI, IPFW countered with a 7-0 run of its own, pushing the lead to its largest of the game at eight at 25-17 with 6:31 to go.
The Jaguars rallied and took a one point lead with under 30 seconds to play, but Seibert drained a three-pointer with 17 seconds left to give IPFW a 34-32 lead at halftime.
The IPFW defense had a rough start to the second half as IUPUI opened the half on a 12-4 run, giving the Jaguars a 44-38 lead at the 16:05 mark.
IPFW began to chip away at the IUPUI lead, as back-to-back layups by Seibert and Hyde cut the deficit to one at 48-47 with 11:41 left in the game. In the next minute of play, IPFW put together a 6-1 run, giving the ‘Dons a two-point lead at 53-51.
Late in the game with the ‘Dons trailing by a basket with 3:02 left, Hyde connected on six straight free throws, giving IPFW a 70-66 lead with 1:52 to play. On the ensuing IUPUI possession, Hyde came up with a pivotal block for the Mastodons, as Simmons took the Mur Hagerman pass off the fast break, hit the layup, and gave the ‘Dons a six-point lead with 1:09 left.
The Jaguars connected on a layup, and then three-pointer with 8.6 seconds left, cutting the IPFW lead to one at 74-73. Seibert and Hagerman each hit a pair of free throws as Hagemran’s came with 0.4 seconds left on the clock, cementing the Mastodon win.
On the afternoon IPFW shot 22-of-47 (46.8%) from the floor, 5-of-17 (29.4%) from beyond the arc and 29-of-34 at the charity stripe.
Hyde currently has 181 free throw makes this season and needs 14 more to set a new Summit League single-season record.
IPFW returns to action on February 27 to face Western Illinois for a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Gates Sports Center.