WBB: Mastodons Make 17 Steals But Fall at SDSU

Chris Paul IPFW_79782

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The IPFW women’s basketball team forced 23 South Dakota State turnovers, but it was not enough as the Mastodons dropped their road game 89-68. The loss puts the ‘Dons at 8-16 overall on the year and 2-9 in Summit League action.

Haley Seibert led IPFW with 18 points on the night, including hitting four from long range. The senior also had a game-high five steals while dishing out four assists. Keanna Gary also went for double figures with 11 points.

Courtney Ogle added nine points and Kamilah Carter scored eight. Rachel Rinehart led the Mastodons with a game-high six assists to go along with six points, and five steals.

The 17 steals as a team for IPFW were the most against a Division I opponent since also finishing with 17 at Centenary on Dec. 21, 2010.

With the score tied 11-11 at the 15:12 mark, South Dakota State broke the game open with a 22-5 run, including a stretch of 13 straight points as the ‘Dons trailed 33-16 with seven minutes to play.Mur Hagerman ended the Mastodon drought as she hit a jumper at the 6:16 mark.

IPFW kept pace with the Jacks in the final six minutes, but the ‘Dons still trailed 54-32 at halftime.

The Mastodons continued their rhythm to start the second half, outscoring the Jackrabbits 14-6 in the first 5:26. From there, IPFW was unable to make another run on the SDSU lead.

The ‘Dons shot 60 percent in the second half, finishing the night 25-of-47 (53.2%) from the floor, 10-of-24 (41.7%) on three’s, and 8-of-12 (66.7%) at the free throw line.

IPFW returns to the court on February 11 to host IUPUI at 7 p.m.

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