The last 40 minutes for Amanda Hyde in the Gates Center were typically peerless Saturday afternoon: 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal.
But it was the Five Minutes of the Freshman that doomed Omaha on Senior Day at IPFW.
Ariana Simmons scored 13 points in those five minutes -- there was a 3-pointer and then a layup and then another 3 and then another 3, and then a layup -- and when she was finished, so were the visitors.
A tie game had become a 10-point lead for the Mastodons with 6:31 to play in the first half, and they never took a glance backward in running the Mavericks out of the building, 89-76.
Haley Seibert led the Mastodons with 23, Simmons finished with 22 plus five rebounds, two blocks and a steal and senior Rachel Mauk added 12 more. It put a gaudy bow on Senior Day for Hyde, Rachel and Stefanie Mauk and Jessie Manwaring, and, if South Dakota beats South Dakota State tomorrow, will lock up the No. 3 seed in The Summit League tournament to boot.
And the Mastodons did it largely by drowning Omaha (12-16, 4-10) beneath a torrent of 3s, knocking down 14-of-23 for the game and shredding it from the arc in the first half particularly, hitting 9-of-16 to reach halftime with a 47-31 lead that would never get much smaller.
Omaha got no closer than 13 in the second half and trailed by as many as 23 after Seibert rang in yet another 3 with 11:56 to play.
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