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5 facts

• Graduated guard Anne Boese finished No. 2 in Summit League career three-point shots made, with 301.

• Of the nine wins last season, IPFW won two games by 73-54 scores.

• IPFW lost seven games by margins between 10 and 19 points, seven between 20 and 29 points, and three games by 30 or more.

• There are no seniors on the IPFW roster. The Mastodons have four juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen.

• The Mastodons won one conference road game last year – a 52-45 at Oakland.

4 games of interest

Nov. 26 at Indiana: It will be the second time the Mastodons have faced the Hoosiers. In the 2006-07 season, Indiana won 69-68.

Dec. 6 vs. Purdue: IPFW hasn’t beaten its big sister school. Last season in West Lafayette, the Boilermakers won easily, 73-36. This one will be at the Gates Center.

Dec. 28 vs. IUPUI: After a pre-conference schedule that includes three Big Ten teams, the Mastodons open their Summit League schedule at home.

Jan. 12 vs. South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits have bounced the Mastodons out of the Summit League tournament the past three years.

3 key players

Amanda Hyde, Jr., F: The 5-10 Hyde averaged 9.4 points, 2.2 assists, 5 reboundsand shot 81.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Erin Murphy, Jr., G: The 5-9 Murphy averaged 9.9 points, had 31 steals and was in double figures 14 times.

Rachael Mauk, Jr., G: The 5-10 Mauk averaged 1.9 assists and 5 points.

2 points of concern

Youth: There will be no senior leadership because there are no seniors on the team. Although Hyde, Murphy and junior twins Rachel and Stefanie Mauk saw extensive playing time last season, the Mastodons will have to count on three sophomores and five freshmen.

Production from post: IPFW has had a steadying presence in the middle the past three seasons with 6-2 center Stephanie Rosado, but she has moved on. Sophomore Hillary Moore will be asked to pick up the slack. Last season, Moore averaged 2.9 points.

1 major issue

Interchangeable parts: The puzzle that coach Chris Paul will have to figure out is which lineup to start. Because of the team’s size, with 10 players listed at 5-feet-10 or more, including six at 6-0 or more, the Mastodons will be versatile. One of the concerns, however, will be against smaller, faster teams.

– Steve Warden, The Journal Gazette