Dons Win Second Straight at Home

By Tommy Schoegler

January 10, 2012 Updated Jan 10, 2012 at 12:49 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The IPFW Mastodons completed the weekend sweep on Monday night with a 59-50 win over the IUPUI Jaguars, as three players reached double-figure scoring for the 'Dons.

The win improves IPFW to 6-10 on the year and 4-2 in league play. IUPUI falls to 6-11, and 1-4 in the Summit League.

Stephanie Rosado led IPFW with 15 points, making 7-of-15 shots from the field, while Sarah Haluska scored a season-high 12 points, as Erin Murphy also reached double-figures with 11. Amanda Hyde added nine points off of the bench, while Rachel Mauk added seven.

Rachel Mauk grabbed three steals and tied for the team lead with five rebounds, as Haluska also collected five caroms, and Rosado dished out a game-high four assists.

IUPUI scored first when Kerah Nelson put in two of her game-high 23 points with less than two minutes gone in the game; however, IPFW answered by scoring nine straight points, four of those coming from Rosado, as the 'Dons took a lead they would not give up for the remainder of the game.

The lead reached as many as eight in the first half on a Rosado lay-in with 9:44 to play in the half. The Jaguars fought back, and closed to within as few as two in the first half, but a pair of Anne Boese free throws with 18 seconds left in the period sent the Mastodons into the locker room with a 22-17 halftime lead.

The Jaguars tied the game two and a half minutes into the second half after a pair of Nelson free throws, and every time that IUPUI closed the gap, the Mastodons made a big three-point basket, the first coming when Rachel Mauk drained a three-pointer on the next possession to push the IPFW lead to three.

Rosado hit a three-pointer with 7:31 to play, before Rachel Mauk made one just over a minute later that pushed the advantage to seven. An Amanda Hyde three-point basket with 5:05 to play took the lead to eight, and a Haluska three-pointer with 2:17 left in the game pushed the lead to double-digits for the first time in the contest.

IPFW iced the game by making all eight of its free throws over the final two minutes, holding on for the nine-point victory.

The 'Dons made 17-of-48 shots (35.4 percent) from the field, and 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) from long range. The team also increased its season free throw percentage by making 18-of-22 free throws, as IPFW came into the game ranked 10th in the country in the category.

The squad looks to remain perfect at home in league play this season on Saturday, January 14, when the squad plays host to the Grizzlies of Oakland University in a 4:30 p.m. tip-off at the Memorial Coliseum.

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