Carter leads IPFW to much-needed win over ORU

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Behind 23 points from Kamilah Carter, the IPFW women’s basketball team celebrated Homecoming week by taking down Oral Roberts 54-48, and exacting revenge for an earlier two-point loss.

Carter’s 23 points came on six field goals, including a three, and connecting on a career-high 10-of-12 at the free throw line. Carter also led the Mastodons with a career-high six assists to go along with five rebounds and three steals. De’Jour Young led the ‘Dons with six rebounds and added eight points. Allyson Bunch came off the bench to score eight points while Courtney Ogle tied a season-high with three blocks.

IPFW came out firing on all cylinders, hitting its first three shots, two of which were from beyond the arc. The Mastodons led by as many as eight in the first quarter, coming at the 4:39 mark up 14-6.

Leading by two, 16-14, to begin the second quarter, the ‘Dons connected on a free throw and a 3-pointer to extend its lead. Oral Roberts closed the gap just before halftime as the Mastodons held a 24-23 advantage heading into the break.

With IPFW up three in the third, the Golden Eagles scored four straight points to take its first lead of the game, 34-33, with 2:15 left in the third. Carter and Keanna Gary responded immediately with back-to-back layups before Bunch knocked down a triple as the Mastodons lead by three to end the quarter.

An eight-point ORU run in the early minutes of the fourth put it in front 45-43 with 6:03 to play. Once again, Carter responded for the ‘Dons by scoring the next six points and put them back into the lead for good. The Golden Eagles cut IPFW’s lead to one with 2:47 left, but the Mastodon defense held Oral Roberts without a point from there. The ‘Dons iced the game by making three free throws in the final 24 seconds.

Although IPFW was out-shot on the night, the Mastodons connected on 17-of-21 (81%) of their free throw attempts. Overall, the ‘Dons were 15-of-52 (28.8%) from the field and 7-of-19 (36.8%) on three-point attempts.

IPFW returns to the road for the final time in the regular season when it travels to in-state rival IUPUI for a 2 p.m. tipoff on February 21.

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