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IPFW falters after fast start in road defeat

Mastodons jump out to 14-0 early lead

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Despite the IPFW women’s basketball team holding South Dakota State off the scoreboard for over six minutes at the start of the game, the Mastodons fell on the road to the Summit League defending champion 77-60.

Amanda Hyde led all scorers with 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Hyde dished out four assists while connecting on all six of her free throw attempts.

Haley Seibert knocked down 16 points on the night, 12 of which came from long range, while grabbing a season-high six rebounds. Rachel Mauk added six points to go along with three assists and two steals.

The Mastodons (8-8, 1-1 Summit League) sprinted out of the gate as they forced two turnovers on the first three Jackrabbit possessions as they built a 14-0 lead to start the game. South Dakota State would score its first points on a pair of free throws at 13:41, but the Mastodon defense would not allow a field goal until the 12:29 mark as the ‘Dons led 14-4.

The stretch of 6:19 by the Mastodon defense holding the ‘Jacks offense without a point to start the game is the longest such streak this season.

SDSU would make a 14-0 run of its own, tying the game with 8:36 to play in the first half.

Rachel Rinehart would put an end to the SDSU run as she hit a three-pointer to give the ‘Dons back the lead. It would be short lived however as the ‘Jacks answered with an 11-point run to go up 26-17 as they led it at the half 32-25.

Rachel Mauk would hit a jumper from beyond the arc to start the second half, but SDSU answered with six straight to push its lead to 10 points.

Another 9-0 run by the Jackrabbits took the lead to 20 with 12 minutes remaining, as the ‘Dons were unable to make the comeback.

IPFW shot just 33.3 percent (18-of-54) from the floor, their lowest percentage since their season opening loss to Wichita State. Of its 18 made field goals, 12 of IPFW’s shot were three-pointers. The Mastodons were a perfect 12-of-12 at the free throw line.

The Mastodons prepare for their Summit League home opener where they host Denver for the first-ever meeting between the teams on January 16 at 7 p.m.