IPFW is opening the new year on a positive note, as the Mastodons topped Western Illinois 80-49 in Summit League women’s basketball action Sunday.
Amanda Hyde, Erin Murphy and Stefanie Mauk combined to score 63 of IPFW’s points.
Hyde scored a game-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while also adding a team-high eight rebounds and six assists. Murphy added a season-high 21 points, while Mauk totaled 17.
Mauk sank 5 of 6 shots from the three-point line and also grabbed six rebounds, while Murphy sank 7 of 11 attempts.
IPFW jumped out to a 35-20 first half advantage after connecting on 40 percent of its shots and 43 percent from long range.
After digging itself a 5-0 hole to open the game, Mauk quickly put IPFW on the scoreboard with her first 3-point field goal. The Mastodons battled to tie the game at 10, which was followed by Hyde putting the Dons ahead 13-10.
IPFW then rode an 8-0 scoring run en route to a 23-12 lead, which was fueled by 3-point shots from Haley Seibert and Murphy. In total, the Mastodons hit seven 3-point field goals in the opening 20 minutes.
Hyde got off to a hot start in the second half by scoring seven points in the first three minutes and IPFW was able to increase their lead to 28 after a 10-0 run. However, the Leathernecks responded by cutting the gap to 20 with 9:18 remaining. At that point, the Mastodons turned up the defensive pressure and regained momentum, which allowed the team to earn their first Summit League win of the year.
The Mastodon full-court pressure bothered Western Illinois, as it committed 21 turnovers. IPFW scored 24 points off of those errors and finished the game hitting 52 percent from 3-point range.
IPFW will travel to Omaha Saturday at 3 p.m.
Hyde was honored on Monday as the Summit League Player of the Week after a pair of strong conference performances.
She helped IPFW to a 1-1 record in a loss to IUPUI, followed by a win over Western Illinois.
Against the Jaguars, the junior guard scored a game-high 30 points on 8-of-13 shooting with three steals and three rebounds.
In the win over Western Illinois, she tallied 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out six assists and had two steals.
For the week, Hyde averaged 27.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, four assists and 2.5 steals per contest. She shot 65 percent (17-of-26) from the field, 50 percent (4-of-8) from behind the arc and 85 percent (17-of-20) from the line. Hyde has scored 20 or more points in six games this season.
The honor was her second of this season.