The rematch was a rerun. Only this time, the IPFW women ran even faster.
On a snow-flying day in northeast Indiana, the Mastodons buried SIU-Edwardsville beneath an avalanche of 3-pointers, then cruised home with a 96-71 victory.
It was a fitting bookend to a 91-74 victory at Edwardsville (2-8) less than three weeks ago, and it was ignited by a near-record flurry of 3s and a searing shooting game that was perhaps the Mastodons (6-6) most impeccable 40 minutes of offensive basketball of the still-young season.
Amanda Hyde got it going with a 3-pointer 68 seconds in to erase Edwardsville's only lead, and the Mastodons were off. They dropped five of their first six shots to jet out to a 13-4 lead, jumped it to 23-10 as Hyde drilled four threes in the first seven minutes, and blew the lead out to 53-31 at halftime behind Hyde and freshman Ariana Simmons, who scored 20 of her career and season-high 22 before the break.
Hyde finished with 16 and two other players -- Haley Seibert (11) and Rebeca Bruner (12) -- hit double figures as the Mastodons shot 57 percent in the first half (16 of 28) and 55.4 percent for the game (31 of 56). They were an astounding 13-of-21 from behind the arc as eight different players splashed at least one three.
The 13 threes were just five off the school record of 18.
CoCo Moore scored 21 points to lead Edwardsville, who got it back to 53-35 to begin the second half, but then the avalanche rumbled again: a three from Mur Hagerman, a three from Rachel Mauk, a three from Stefanie Mauk and a three from Seibert, in succession.
That made it a 30-point game, 65-35, and the issue was decided.