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November 17, 2013

IUP takes control in second half to top Lady Falcons

INDIANA, Pa. — In a game that was anything but pretty it was Indiana (Pa.) University which shook off a horrid start and rolled to a 62-46 victory over Fairmont State’s Lady Falcons here Saturday afternoon at the Kovalchick Complex.

Both Fairmont and IUP endured sub-par shooting performances in the first half which ended with the Crimson Hawks holding a slim 18-16 lead. FSU hit just 7-of-28 field goals in the opening 20 minutes (25 percent), while Indiana connected on just 6-of-30 field goals (20 percent).

The second half, however, was a different story – at least for IUP. The Crimson Hawks canned 50 percent of their field goal attempts in the final 20 minutes and used a pair of big runs to put Fairmont State away.

First, IUP opened the final half with a 13-2 spurt to build a 31-18 lead in the initial 3:30. The Lady Falcons, who shot 44 percent from the floor in the second half (11-of-25), however, battled back and got within six at 33-27 with 14:11 to go.

Once again, though, IUP put together a run, and the Lady Falcons had no answer for it this time. The Crimson Hawks, over the course of the next 10:09, outscored FSU 22-8 to open a 20-point advantage en route to their eventual 16-point victory.

“In the first half we were up 13-7 and it looked as if we were going to at least control the opening half and instead we went to the locker room down two,” said FSU coach Steve McDonald, whose Lady Falcons fell to 2-1 on the year with the loss. “I think that gave them a tremendous boost because they felt like they didn’t play well and were still up two.

“In the first five minutes of the second half they made three or four very good defensive plays in a row and got us down again. We came back and when they made some more good plays in that second run of the second half, we just didn’t react very well.”

IUP junior guard Lindsay Stamp keyed the final fatal run for the Crimson Hawks which sealed the victory. She scored 14 of her game-high 20 points during that 22-8 spurt.

The Crimson Hawks, who improved to 2-0 with the victory, also got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Ashley Stoner, nine points from Amy Fairman and eight points from both Marita Mathe and Leslie Stapleton.

“When things aren’t going well as team you need to show the concept of being a team,” said McDonald. “Instead, I thought at that point we played too much as individuals. You can’t play as an individual in basketball and win basketball games. You need to have all five players playing together as one.

“At the same time we played a really good basketball team tonight on the road with four returning starters from a team that won 25 last year. They’re also very well coached. We felt like we had several players not play very well for us and you’re not going to beat a good basketball team on the road if you don’t have several players play well for you.”

FSU was led by Makenzie White, who finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Hailey Garrett added 11 points and eight rebounds. Hallie Gunnoe chipped in eight points and Emily Lohr finished with six.

Fairmont State will be idle now until Saturday, Nov. 23, when it hosts West Virginia Wesleyan in its Mountain East Conference opener at 2 p.m. at the Joe Retton Arena.

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