SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The eighth seeded IPFW women’s basketball team overcame a 12-point second half deficit to lead with 4:21 remaining, but the Mastodons were unable to hang on as they fell to top seeded South Dakota 78-70. The ‘Dons end their season with a 9-21 overall record.
Haley Seibert led the Mastodons with 21 points and five assists. Seibert was 2-for-2 at the free throw line to finish the season shooting 91.4 percent, a new IPFW single-season record, and fifth best all-time in a Summit League season. She also connected on three from downtown to finish the year with 83, sixth most in IPFW history and tied for eighth in Summit League history. Seibert ends her career as the Mastodon all-time leader in free throw shooting (86.8%) and three-point shooting (41.3%), while ranking second and fifth in Summit League history, respectively.
Kamilah Carter came off the bench to score 20 points and dish out three assists. Keanna Garyalso scored in double-digits with 14 while adding a team high five rebounds to go along with three assists. Hillary Moore capped off her IPFW career with five points, four rebounds, and two assists.Mur Hagerman finished her final game as a Mastodon with two rebounds.
The two teams fought through eight ties and eight lead changes throughout the game. After South Dakota opened the game with a three, the Mastodons took a 10-7 lead six minutes into the game. The Coyotes answered back to take a three-point lead of their own 15-12. IPFW fought back, scoring the next 11 points, including a pair of three’s from Seibert with 8:15 left in the first half and lead 23-15.
USD cut the Mastodon lead in half with a 10-5 run with 4:18 to go. An 8-0 Coyote run gave them the lead with 1:10 remaining, but Gary’s floater in the lane with 32.3 seconds left had IPFW leading 34-33 at halftime.
The Coyotes began the second half with a 16-3 advantage as the ‘Dons trailed by 12 with 16:19 to play in the game. IPFW rumbled its way back with a 9-1 run to trail by four, 50-46 at the 13:20 mark.
Courtney Ogle sent the Mastodon bench into a frenzy when she knocked down a three to tie the game with 6:15 left. Seibert gave IPFW its final lead with a pair of free throws, 64-62. An 8-0 Coyote run gave them a six-point lead with 1:36 to play in the game that the ‘Dons were unable to overcome.
For the game, the Mastodons shot 27-of-60 (45%) from the floor, 8-of-20 (40%) from beyond the arc, and were 8-of-8 at the free throw line. South Dakota finished the day 23-of-28 at the free throw line.