FORT WAYNE, Ind. – After a stellar third quarter comeback, the IPFW women’s basketball team was unable to hold off Western Illinois as they fell 78-74 to the Leathernecks.
Keanna Gary earned first double-double in consecutive games since Stephanie Roasado in November 2010, as well as a career-high 16 rebounds. Kamilah Carter and Josie Fisher tied for a team-high 21 points, while Gary added 10 for the ‘Dons. Rachel Rinehart had a game-high 4 assists.
After leading most of the first quarter, IPFW was unable to convert in the second as Western Illinois went on a 14-1 run and closed the half with a 37-28 advantage over the Mastodons.
IPFW made a comeback in the third quarter as Western Illinois’s head coach received a technical sending Fisher to the line and giving IPFW its first lead since the 6:09 mark of the second. Carter capped off a 17-3 run with a layup at the 3:16 mark to give the ‘Dons a 45-42 lead over Western Illinois.
The Mastodons were unable to hold on to their hot streak in the fourth quarter as the Leathernecks closed out the game with a 12-5 run.
As a team, IPFW connected on 25-of-68 (36.8%) of their field goal attempts, including 3-of-13 (23.1%) from beyond the arc, and 21-of-28 (75.0%) on free throws.
IPFW will return to the court on January 9 to take on Summit League opponent Denver as a part of a double-header with the men’s basketball team in Colorado.