FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The IPFW women’s basketball team sent its four seniors out with a victory as the Mastodons ended their regular season defeating Omaha 89-76.
With the win, and if South Dakota State defeats South Dakota on Sunday, IPFW be the No. 3 seed and face Denver in the Summit League Tournament. If the Coyotes win however, IPFW will be the No. 4 seed and face Western Illinois.
Haley Seibert led all scorers on the afternoon with 23 points on 5-of-8 shooting, all from beyond the arc, and a perfect 8-of-8 at the free throw line. Seibert also led IPFW with six rebounds and added four assists. Ariana Simmons tied a career-high with 22 points to go along with five rebounds and two blocks.
All four of IPFW seniors scored in their final game at the Gates Sports Center. Hyde led the quartet with 20 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Stefanie Mauk had a game-high five assists to go along with eight points and four rebounds. Rachel Mauk scored 12 points while Jessie Manwaring added a layup.
Trailing 12-11 at 13:41 of the first half, IPFW used a 13-1 run, fueled by Simmons scoring eight straight points, to take a 25-12 lead.
The Mastodon defense held Omaha to 11 points over a stretch of 12 minutes in the half, as IPFW extended its lead to 38-23 with 3:22 to go in the period.
IPFW scored four of the final six points of the first half as the ‘Dons led 47-31 at halftime.
Three minutes into the second half Omaha cut the Mastodon lead to 12 at 50-38, but IPFW wouldn’t allow them to pull any closer the rest of the way.
The ‘Dons led by as many as 23 points in the second half as they cruised through the final 10 minutes of the game.
IPFW finished the afternoon shooting 26-of-57 (45.6%) from the floor, 14-of-23 (60.9%) from three-point range and 23-of-26 (88.5%) at the charity stripe.
Hyde finished 6-for-6 at the free throw line, setting a new single-season Summit League record with 199 made attempts on the year, which also ranks second in IPFW history. Hyde also moved into seventh on the single-season Summit League scoring list and up to 10th on the career Summit League scoring list.
Simmons set a new IPFW freshman record with her 40th block of the season, breaking a record that had stood since the 1980-81 season by Kathleen Smith.
Seibert it now just one three-point make off the single-season IPFW junior record set by Anne Boese with 85 in 2010-11 and is also tied for the fourth most in a single season in school history.