Fort Wayne, IN - The IPFW Mastodons jumped out to a 41-27 halftime lead against Summit League rival Oakland on Saturday afternoon, holding on for a 12-point, 72-60 victory over the Golden Grizzlies at the Memorial Coliseum.
With the win, IPFW head coach Chris Paul tied the school record for coaching wins, as Paul now has 63 wins on the Mastodon bench, tying with Teri Rosinski for most as head coach of the program.
The win also improves IPFW to 11-5 on the season, the best start to a season in the program's Division I history, tying for the overall best start since the 1995-96 season opened the year with 14 consecutive victories while the team improves to 5-2 in league games, and is in a two-way tie for second place in the Summit League standings with Oakland.
Stephanie Rosado scored a game-high 15 points, leading four IPFW players in double figures, while Chelsey Jackson scored 14, Anne Boese scored 13, and Amanda Hyde set a new career-high, also with 13 points. Hyde pulled down a team-best seven rebounds, as the Mastodons out-rebounded the Grizzlies 30-to-29 in the game.
Jordan Zuppe dished out four assists while adding eight points, and had a team-best three steals. Sydney Weinert had six points and six rebounds for IPFW.
Oakland (11-7, 5-2 Summit League) led by two at 6-4 early in the game, before IPFW scored eight straight points to lead by six at 12-6. Another 8-0 run, on three-pointers from Hyde and Erin Murphy, and a Jackson lay-in, pushed the IPFW margin to 12 at 22-10, forcing a Grizzly timeout.
The Mastodons kept the margin at double figures for nearly all of the rest of the way, leading by as many as 16, as the gap was closed to as few as nine with 4:55 left in the half, but a quick 4-0 answer pushed the margin back to double-digits, as the Mastodons took a 16-point, 41-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The second-half lead twice grew to as high as 20. On the initial 20-point margin, Oakland used a 10-2 run to close the gap to a dozen, before IPFW responded by once again pushing the lead to 20 with 6:49 to play in the game.
Oakland quickly responded with an 14-1 streak to cut the gap to as few as seven, and trailed by the same margin with 1:47 left in the half, but a pair of Zuppe free throws, and a late Sydney Weinert three-point-play gave the game its 12-point final margin.
IPFW made 28-of-55 shots from the field for a percentage of .509, the team's second consecutive game shooting at least .500, and the third time in the last four games.
Oakland was led by Bethany Watterworth who scored 14 points, while Sharise Calhoun scored 13, and Anna Patritto a dozen off of the bench.
The Mastodons return to action on Saturday, January 22 when the squad travels to Brookings, South Dakota, for a 6:00 PM EST matchup with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, the defending Summit League Tournament champions.
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