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Local briefs: Indiana Pacer guard assigned to Mad Ants

Johnson spent time with club a year ago

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Mastodons fall to league-leading South Dakota State

A late second-half surge was not enough for the IPFW women's basketball team to overcome a 25-point first-half deficit as the Mastodons fell to league-leading South Dakota State 77-66 on Thursday.

Haley Seibert led IPFW (11-11, 4-4 Summit League) with 23 points on 6-of-9 shooting while grabbing four rebounds and four steals. Amanda Hyde added 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Dons while Stefanie Mauk scored 10 points.

Rachel Mauk led the Mastodons with a season-high eight rebounds.

IPFW hung with SDSU early on, trailing by three points four minutes into the game before the visitors went on the game-changing run. The Jackrabbits opened a 24-3 run over a nine-minute stretch and led 46-24 at halftime.

The Jacks led by as many as 21 in the second half until the Dons began to make their run late in the game.

Trailing 64-43 with 8:23 to play, Seibert sparked the Dons with a three-pointer at the 6:57 mark that started a 19-8 run, cutting the Jackrabbits' lead to 10 with 1:26 to play in the game. The Dons wouldn't get closer from there.

Pacers assign Orlando Johnson to Mad Ants

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants will receive some reinforcements soon as guard Orlando Johnson was assigned to the team from the Indiana Pacers on Thursday.

This will be Johnson's first D-League assignment this season. A year ago, he played four games with the Mad Ants, averaging 23.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

Johnson has seen action in 36 games for the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers this year, averaging just over nine minutes a contest. He is averaging 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds per game with Indiana.

IPFW baseball picked to finish last in five-team Summit League

Following a 22-32 season a year ago, including 9-21 in the Summit League, the IPFW baseball team is picked to finish fifth out of five teams in the conference's preseason poll.

The Mastodons will return a trio of all-Summit League Team selections in Caleb Fenimore, Steve Lowden and Tyler Shepherd.

Fenimore had 18 RBI a season ago, and Lowden had 47 hits. Shepherd led the Summit League in stolen bases last season with 29 and led the Mastodons with a .296 batting average.

Regular-season play begins Feb. 14, with the first league games set to start March 28.