FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Four different IPFW women’s basketball players scored in double-digits as the Mastodons overcame a nine-point first half deficit to defeat Oral Roberts 73-63. IPFW picks up its first Summit League victory of the season to improve to 7-10 overall and 1-3 in league play.
Defensively, the ‘Dons forced a season-high 26 turnovers, 16 in the second half alone, converting them into 25 points.
Haley Seibert led all players with 21 points and three steals. She connected on 6-of-12 from the field while grabbing four rebounds. Keanna Gary was 6-of-11 shooting the ball to finish the night with 17 points and tied for a team-high with six rebounds.
The Mastodons and Golden Eagles traded six-point runs to being the game as Oral Roberts jumped out to the early lead before IPFW countered to tie the game four minutes in. The two sides traded baskets until ORU scored eight straight to lead 21-12 with 10:42 to play in the half.
The ‘Dons responded with a 6-0 advantage to cut the deficit to two, then tied the game 28-28 on a jumper by Allyson Bunch and a layup from Gary with 5:50 to go. After six consecutive points by ORU, the Mastodons answered with four straight to pull within one at 36-35. Rinehart capped off the first half connecting on a layup with 31 second remaining as IPFW trailed 40-39 at halftime.
The second half began with the Mastodons scoring back-to-back baskets to take its first lead of the game, 43-40 two minutes in. The ‘Dons capped off a 22-7 run to start the half as they led 61-47 with 7:55 to go in the game. Oral Roberts cut the IPFW lead to single-digits at the 5:39 mark, but the Mastodon lead never wavered in the final minutes as they hung on for the victory.
The ‘Dons finished the night shooting 25-of-57 (43.9%) from the floor, including connecting on 52 percent in the first half. From long distance the team hit 5-of-16 (31.3%) and was 18-of-23 (78.3%) at the charity stripe.
IPFW returns to action at North Dakota State on January 17 for a 3 p.m. game.