OMAHA, Neb. – A tough offensive first half and 29 second half free throw attempts by Omaha were too much for the IPFW women’s basketball team to overcome as the Mastodons fell 70-61. The ‘Dons head into their season finale with a 9-19 overall record and a 3-12 record in the Summit League.
Keanna Gary led the way for IPFW with 16 points to go along with five rebounds. Haley Seibert dropped in 14 points, including three from beyond the arc. Brett Green, Allyson Bunch, and KeShyra McCarver all added six points on the night.
Mur Hagerman led the ‘Dons with seven rebounds while Green led the team with a game- and career-high five steals. Kamilah Carter led the way with three steals and grabbed a career-high six rebounds.
IPFW opened the game with a layup from Hillary Moore, but the Mavericks responded with 14 straight points. Seibert knocked down a three at the 10:57 mark the end the Mastodon offensive drought. The ‘Dons trailed by 19 points before making a run down the stretch, scoring the final six points of the first half as they trailed UNO 26-17 heading into the locker room.
After trading baskets to open the second half, IPFW scored 10 consecutive points, tying the game35-35 on another 3-pointer from Seibert at the 10:52 mark. Omaha answered quickly with back-to-back buckets before McCarver tied the game again connecting from downtown.
With the Mastodons trailing 48-46 and 5:50 to play, a 6-0 Maverick run extended their lead for good. The IPFW defense held UNO to only two field goals in the final 7:32, however the Mavs were able to convert on 21-of-24 at the free throw line over that span.
The ‘Dons shot 22-of-59 (37.3%) on the night, including knocking down 7-of-18 (38.9%) from three-point range. The team also went 10-of-15 (66.7%) at the free throw line.
IPFW closes out the regular season at Oral Roberts on February 28 with a 3 p.m. ET tip-off.