Dons Put Up Fight Against Boilers

By Tommy Schoegler

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 7, 2012 at 2:25 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE (incnow.tv) – Purdue used a 12-0 run to start the first half, and an 11-2 run to open the second stanza as the Boilermakers defeated IPFW on Thursday night by the final score of 69-54.

Amanda Hyde once again led IPFW with a game-high 26 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists, and five steals. Hyde and Haley Seibert each played 40 minutes against Purdue on Thursday as Seibert ended the night with nine points and three assists.

Hyde did a majority of her damage from the free throw line as she knocked down all 14 of her attempts against Purdue. The team finished 17-of-18 overall.

Purdue got solid contributions from Drey Mingo, Courtney Moses and KK Houser. Mingo led the Boilers with a double-double performance by scoring 15 points and adding 11 rebounds. Moses was dangerous from the outside as her three 3-point field goals led her to scoring a team-high 19 points. Houser was the floor general for Purdue. She finished the game with 10 points and six assists.

Purdue scored the first 12 points of the game, but IPFW never quit as the Mastodons cut the lead to 26-24 with less than one minute to play in the first half.

The Boilermakers hit four-straight shots to start the game, including two from 3-point range to open up a 10-0 lead. A pair of free throws from Courtney Moses pushed the lead to 12-0.

IPFW got on the scoreboard after a 3-point field goal from Amanda Hyde. The Boilers followed with their first miss of the game which led to Stefanie Mauk hitting a triple from the top right corner of the court which cut the lead to 12-6.

Rebecca Bruner got in the scoring column with a jumper and Erin Murphy added two points with a runner through the lane as the 'Dons trailed 18-10 after the second media timeout.

Hyde once again got to the rim after breaking down the Purdue defense to cut into the lead. Her field goal along with an IPFW free throw made the score 18-13 heading into the third media timeout.

A 3-point field goal from Seibert matched with a baseline jumper from Bruner cut the Purdue lead to 22-18, but the game got even more interesting after Bruner cut the lead to 24-22 with just over two minutes to play.

IPFW never took the lead, but a transition layup by Hyde once again got the Mastodons within two points with under a minute to play in the first half. Courtney Moses buried a three from the corner as time expired and Purdue went into the half with a 31-24 lead. Moses and Drey Mingo each scored 10 points through the first 20 minutes of action. Taylor Manuel added six off the bench.

Hyde was very impressive early as she entered the half with nine points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists without missing a single minute. Bruner chipped in with six points while Stefanie Mauk and Haley Seibert each drilled a 3-point field goal.

Purdue shot 50 percent in the first half compared to just 33 percent from IPFW. The Boilers outscored IPFW 16-6 in the paint and also scored 11 points off IPFW turnover.

Purdue used an 11-4 run to open the second half. Rachel Mauk and Amanda Hyde each hit a pair of free throws to keep IPFW within striking distance. IPFW's first field goal of the second half came at the 13:22 mark as Haley Seibert hit a 3-pointer from the wing. Seibert answered with another triple on IPFW's next possession to cut the lead to 43-34.

KK Houser made a transition layup midway through the half to open up a 49-36 edge and Moses followed with another fast break bucket which forced IPFW to burn a timeout.

Purdue increased their lead to 20 points after a field goal from Liza Clemons with just over six minutes remaining. IPFW struggled to find space in the second half as the first two-point field goal of the final twenty minutes came with 2:28 on the clock. The 'Dons hit three 3-point field goals and a handful of free throws to net their scoring total in the second half.

The Mastodons will return to action with a road game at SIU Edwardsville on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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