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.