They weren't always pretty in pink. But appearances aren't everything.
On an afternoon when the IPFW women's basketball team broke out pink uniforms for the 7th annual Pink-Out Day honoring breast-cancer survivors, the Mastodons ground one out against North Dakota State, 57-51.
They got it done despite shooting just 38.5 percent (20 of 52), turning it over 15 times and letting a seven-point slip away before righting the ship across the last five minutes.
In the end, it was defense and simple tenacity that brought it home on a day when the broad side of the barn was safe from pretty much everybody. North Dakota State made just 20-of-67 shots and 15 of 19 from the 3-point line, and made just 10 field goals in 34 attemps in the second half.
Still, it took clutch buckets by Haley Seibert and Amanda Hyde in the last 1:46 to finally put away the Bison, who pieced together a 10-1 run to erase a seven-point Mastodon lead and give the Bison a 42-40 lead with 7:20 left.
Back-to-back 3s by Rachel and Stefanie pried the lead back, and the Bison never caught IPFW thereafter.
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