The IPFW women’s basketball team got big contributions from Haley Seibert and Amanda Hyde down the stretch, as the pair combined to score the final 13 IPFW points, as the Mastodons defeated Denver 81-78 in their Summit League home opener.
Hyde scored 19 of her 27 points in the second half, including eight points in the final six minutes. Hyde also had three rebounds and a team-high three assists. Seibert finished the with 24 points and three rebounds.
Rachel Mauk added nine points and four rebounds while twin sister Stefanie scored six points off the bench. Ariana Simmons contributed seven points, three rebounds, and two assists.
IPFW pushed its lead to 13 points in the first half with as Rachel Mauk hit a pair of free throws to give IPFW a 35-22 lead. Stefanie Mauk drained a three-pointer with 11 seconds to go, but Denver answered with a layup at the buzzer as IPFW led 45-34 at the half.
Denver went on a 13-2 run over a 3:52 span as the Mastodon lead was cut to three at 55-52 in the second half.
After Hyde connected on a pair of free throws with 5:53 to play, Denver made a run. Trailing by four, the Pioneers out-scored IPFW 5-0 to take their first lead since early in the first half with 1:17 left in the game. Seibert answered with a layup and connected on the ensuing free throw to give IPFW the lead.
After a Hyde layup, the Pioneers drained a three-pointer with 8.7 seconds to pull within one. Hyde hit both free throws to put IPFW up three. The desperation three-pointer by the Pioneers at the buzzer was short, as the Mastodons hung on for the victory.
IPFW plays host to South Dakota at 2 p.m. Saturday.