Even if it was only for a couple of hours, Thursday night's joy enabled the IPFW family to forget the day's heartbreak.
Hours before IPFW's stirring 71-67 victory over North Dakota State on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum, IPFW was told that a former women's basketball player died from injuries from a car accident a week ago.
Starla Williams, a 6-foot-2 senior who graduated in 2007, was involved in a two-car accident that caused her to be in a coma in a Chicago area hospital. It wasn't until earlier in the day Thursday when IPFW, which was organizing a fund-raising effort to defray hospital costs, was told that she passed away.
The day defined triumph and tragedy.
But ask anyone from IPFW - even after the impressive win - and they'll tell you the tragedy overshadows the triumph.