Coach: Chris Paul
Record: 9-21, 6-12 Summit League
What went right: Senior Anne Boese led the Summit League with 78 three-pointers made and set the school standard with 301 career three-pointers made.
She was one of the three seniors who kept the team together, with Sarah Haluska and Stephanie Rosado being the others. Rosado, who led the team with 13.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, was selected to the All-Summit League second team. Haluska returned for a fifth year after a series of injuries last season.
The Mastodons showed early signs of strength when they lost to then-No. 25 Michigan State by six points in East Lansing and defeated Butler 68-60 shortly after. And even later, there was the conference win at Oakland, the one-point overtime loss to Oral Roberts and the win over Southern Utah. But IPFW couldn’t find consistency this season.
What went wrong: A better question could be, what didn’t go wrong?
The season began without two key players who transferred, leaving the depth depleted.
Rosado, the 6-2 senior who was a force last season, played on damaged knees after summer surgery.
The point guard position was never resolved. The proof was that IPFW finished last in the Summit League with 9.4 assists per game.
And youth was everywhere with five freshmen.
Outlook: Rosado, Boese and Haluska will be missed next season. They were statistical leaders and they knew the game and its nuances.
Paul will have to find a leader among his returning players.
The best guess could be Amanda Hyde, the 5-foot-10 forward who was third in scoring with a 9.4 average. Hyde will be a junior next season, which will be considered the upperclassman because there will be no seniors on next year’s team.
Junior-to-be guard Erin Murphy has the goods to be the team’s leading scorer. She led the team three times this season, including a 23-point effort against North Dakota State.
Freshmen Hillary Moore, at center, and Haley Seibert, at guard, will be asked to be key contributors next season.