In the clutch, IPFW forward Amanda Hyde stepped up and showed why she is the reigning Summit League Player of the Year. She hit a pair of free throws at the end of regulation and a three-pointer at the end of the first overtime to lift Mastodons to a 98-89 double-overtime win over North Dakota State on Thursday in women's basketball action.
Hyde earned her third double double of the season as she finished with a game-high 35 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a game-high five assists and two steals. She connected on 12 of 19 from the floor and was a perfect 9 of 9 at the free-throw line.
Stefanie Mauk also nabbed her first double double of the season - the second of her career - with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Haley Seibert capped off her night with a season-best 28 points, hitting 13 of 15 free throws.
North Dakota State held the early lead as the teams exchanged several leads throughout the first half. The two sides kept things close until the Mastodons scored seven straight points in 52 seconds, taking a 33-26 lead with under four minutes to play. Seibert drilled a three to give the Dons a 42-36 lead and close out the half.
Hyde hit the opening basket of the second half to give IPFW an eight-point lead. With the Mastodon lead still at eight, the Bison went on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 50 with 13:22 to go in the game. After exchanging buckets, North Dakota State took the lead from the Dons on back-to-back baskets, 56-52.
Seibert connected on five free throws in the final two minutes, giving the Dons a 74-73 lead with 42 seconds to play. North Dakota State answered with a jumper and a free throw to take a two-point lead with eight seconds to go. Hyde connected on two free throws with three-tenths of a second left on the clock to tie it 76-76 and send the game into overtime.
IPFW took a four-point lead twice in overtime before the Bison rallied to tie the score at 82-82. The Bison followed with a jumper and a free throw to lead by three with 24 seconds to play. Once again Hyde came up clutch for the Mastodons, as she hit a three-pointer with just four seconds to play to tie the game at 85 and sent it to a second overtime.
In the second overtime, the teams traded baskets in the opening minutes. With the score tied at 89, Hyde hit a jumper to give the Dons the lead for good. IPFW closed the game out with a 10-0 run, holding the Bison scoreless in the final 3:59.
On the night, IPFW connected on 29 of 69 from the field, 8 of 25 from behind the arc and 32 of 40 at the charity stripe.
The Dons will travel to defending conference champion South Dakota State at 5 p.m. Saturday.