So it turns out the Big Chill was a horror film, at least if you were the IPFW women.
The Mastodons missed missed 20 of 28 shots by halftime Thursday night, missed 40 of 58 on the night, and when the missing was done, so were the Mastodons, as Summit League frontrunner South Dakota State came in unmarked in the conference and left even more unmarked, leading wire-to-wire in a 77-66 win.
A miserable first half sunk the Mastodons (11-11, 4-4 Summit), who outscored the Jackrabbits 44-33 in the second half but couldn't make a 22-point halftime deficit disappear.
And that deficit started early.
The Jackrabbits (17-7, 8-0 Summit) opened with a bucket and free throw and then a 3-pointer, and IPFW foundered in their wake for the rest of half. After Amanda Hyde scored to cut it to 9-6 with 15:57 to play in the half, IPFW made just one field across the next 9:41, during which South Dakota State outscored the Mastodons 25-3.
It all added up to an impossible catch-up job for IPFW, which got to within 10 on two Haley Seibert free throws with 1:27 left, but could come no closer. The Mastodons were outscored 30-14 in the paint and 17-4 on second-chance points, thanks to a 45-33 rebounding deficit.
Seibert led the Mastodons with 23 points.