FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IPFW women’s basketball team dropped a last-minute thriller, 84-81, to USC Upstate handing the Mastodons their first loss of the season.
Kamilah Carter scored a career-high 24 points while adding three assists and three rebounds for the ‘Dons. KeShyra McCarver put up 20 points and pulled down four rebounds, while Josie Fisherscored 17 points and made a game-high three steals. Courtney Ogle and De’Jour Young both pulled down a career- and team-high 10 rebounds.
The Mastodons trailed early in the first quarter, but with the score tied 14-14, IPFW went on a 7-2 run to close the period with a 21-16 advantage over the Spartans. The second quarter saw USC Upstate use a 5-0 run to take a 39-38 advantage going into the half.
IPFW and the Spartans went point-for-point in the fourth quarter. After 12 lead changes throughout the game, the ‘Dons pushed hard in the final moments of the game. Fisher connected from downtown as time expired, but it was not enough to overcome USC Upstate.
The Mastodons connected on 27-of-65 (41.5%) of their field goals, including 9-of-22 (40.9%) from beyond the arc, and went 18-of-23 (78.3%) on free throw attempts.
IPFW is back in action November 24 against Indiana University at the Gates Sports Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Senior Joe Reed scored 20 points to lead IPFW to an 87-67 men’s college basketball victory past SIUE of the Ohio Valley Conference Saturday afternoon at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Redshirt-senior Max Landis added 19 points for the host Mastodons (3-1), who won their third consecutive contest, while redshirt-freshman John Konchar grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. Grant Fiorentinos led the Cougars (1-2) with a game-high 21 points. IPFW will play again on Tuesday night, November 24, at Miami (Ohio) University of the Mid-American Conference in Oxford, Ohio beginning at 7 p.m.
IPFW jumped out to an early 6-0 advantage behind back-to-back three-point field goals by Reed. The Mastodons extended their lead to 19-8 at 11:28 on a three-pointer from junior transferDeAngelo Stewart, and the margin was 15 points at 30-15 with 8:06 on the clock after another three-pointer by Reed, who scored 12 points during the first 11:54. Another quick run of 10-2 provided for the largest lead of the game, 40-17, at 6:14, as junior Mo Evans scored five points, including a three-pointer. IPFW maintained a comfortable 45-29 lead at the intermission, getting 14 first-half points from Reed and eight points from Landis.
IPFW continued its momentum to start the second half, leading 59-39 at 13:35 following consecutive three-pointers from Stewart, while Landis added four points, as well. SIUE, however, used a 17-6 run to close to within 65-56 with 6:54 remaining after a three-pointer by C.J. Carr. The Mastodons, though, would not allow the Cougars any closer, extending the lead once-again with a tip-in from Konchar at 6:32, a layup by Reed at 6:07 and a jumper from Landis at 4:51 that answered each SIUE attempt to close the gap further. Evans capped things with a pair of free throws with under a minute to play.
Reed led IPFW with his team-high 20 points, including 3-6 three-pointers, before fouling out with 1:33 remaining. Landis added 19 points for the Mastodons, followed by Stewart with 12 points (3-6 3FGs) and Evans with 11 points and five assists. Konchar finished with nine points, along with his game and career-highs of 15 rebounds and six assists. IPFW shot 48% (28-59) from the field, including 41% (11-27) on three-pointers and 69% (20-29) at the free throw line. The Mastodons have made at least 10 three-pointers during each of the last three games.
Fiorentinos led SIUE with his game-high 21 points, off the bench, followed by Burak Eslik with 16 points and Jalen Henry with 11 points. SIUE shot 39% (24-61) from the field, including 20% (3-15) on three-pointers and 67% (16-24) at the line.
IPFW now leads the all-time series against SIUE, 12-8, including eight-straight wins against the Cougars and 10 wins in the last 11 games played between the two schools.