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.
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.