Behind a school-record-tying 43 points from junior Amanda Hyde, the Mastodons held on late for a 78-65 victory over the Southern Illinois Salukis in a rare mid-day, mid-week match-up.
Hyde shot 16 of 26 from the field, 3 of 5 from three, and 8 of 9 from the free-throw line. She scored 21 points in the first half, and bettered that with 22 in the second. The 26 shot attempts are the fourth-highest single-game total, while the 16 makes ties for the second-highest.
The 43 points are also the highest single-game total in NCAA Division I this season, and are tied for the second-most in a game in Summit League history, behind only the 44 put up by Oral Roberts' Kevi Luper against LaSalle in 2009-10. The total puts her in a tie with Brianne Kenneally of Youngstown State who scored 43 against Georgia State in 2000-01, and Kansas City's Dayon Hall-Jones who scored 43 against Oral Roberts last season.
Haley Seibert added 10 points, while Stefanie Mauk pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds, as IPFW out-rebounded the Salukis 41-36. Seibert had five assists, while Hyde had four.
IPFW (3-3) never trailed, as Hyde scored the team's first eight points, pushing the visitors ahead 8-4. Southern Illinois cut the gap to 10-8 with 16:22 to play in the first half, before the Mastodons reeled off 12 straight points over a nearly five-minute span to push the IPFW advantage to a 14-point, 22-8 lead.
IPFW closed the half with four points in the final three and a half minutes to take a 41-24 lead into halftime.
The IPFW advantage remainded double-digit until late in the game, when the hosts cut the gap to as few as seven with 4:08 to play at 68-61; however, the Mastodons out-scored the Salukis 10-4 the rest of the way.
The Mastodons return to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they play host to Valparaiso at the Gates Center.