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Weekend Sports Recap

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Written by: Communicator StaffMarch 06, 2014

This past week was a big one for both the IPFW Men and Women’s basketball teams. IPFW’s softball team also had an amazing weekend winning the Mercer Classic in a complete sweep.

Women’s Basketball

This past week senior Amanda Hyde was awarded College Sports Madness Summit League Player of the Week for the seventh time in her career. It’s the fifth time she has received this award this season. The five awards have the senior tied for second most wins in a single season. Hyde was also awarded The Summit League’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Both of these awards are thanks to her stellar performances Feb. 24 – March 2.

In IPFW’s win over Western Illinois, February 27, Hyde scored 32 points with three assists and two rebounds. Hyde then proceeded to score 20 points with five rebounds and three assists on March 1 for IPFW’s victory over Omaha. In the Mastodon’s regular season finale, Hyde set a new Summit League record for single-season free throws made. She’ll be entering the tournament with a whopping 199.

Softball

IPFW’s softball team went on to win the Mercer Bear Classic title last weekend. The Mastodons had a perfect 5-0 on the weekend and improved 13-5 on the season. The game’s first runs were scored in the second inning by the ‘Dons thanks to a double by Ashleigh Bousquet. Then Beka Ferguson followed with a double two batters later that scored Bousquet. This put IPFW ahead at 1-0.

At the top of the fourth inning, Mercer tied up the score but IPFW wasted no time taking the lead back for good by the bottom of the fourth, with Bousquet scoring from second on a Mercer fielding error. Bousquet scored each of the team’s runs while the other four hits came from four different batters.

While pitching the first five innings of the game Megan Flenniken struck out four and scattered five hits. Miranda Kramer pitched the final two innings striking out two.

The team is set to travel to Evansville, Ind., next to play in the Aces Invitational. The Mastodons will be playing two games against Evansville and two games against Murray State.

Men’s Basketball

IPFW men’s basketball team pulled out an amazing win in the final sixteen seconds of the game against Omaha March 1. The Mastodons won 96-95.

Throughout the game there were countless lead changes and the score was tied ten different times. IPFW’s largest lead was three points after two free throws by Bland. Omaha scored ten consecutive points bringing the score to 35-28 in their favor.

IPFW opened the second half by taking a two point lead with lay-ups by Luis Jacobo and Steve Forbes.
The game was sent into overtime after CJ Carter threw a three-pointer bringing the score to 80-79, followed by a pair of IPFW free throws by freshman Mo Evans Devin Patterson drained a three-pointer with four seconds left.

Omaha was ahead all of the extra period until the final moments of the game. IPFW took a five point lead with 27 seconds left. Forbes threw two free throws, closing the gap to three. IPFW then forced a time out before a Bland lay-in brought the score to 95-94. After Forbes tried for a three-pointer but was fouled, Forbes sank the first two free throws and purposefully threw the third attempt to give IPFW its one-point win.

This win clinches a No. 2 seed in the upcoming Summit League Tournament, where the ‘Dons will go on to face their IUPUI rival.

Story by: Josalein Valenzuela