IPFW trimmed the SUU lead to six in the second half as Stefanie Mauk hit a three-pointer to make the score 37-31 just after the 17-minute mark. Four straight points for the Thunderbirds then pushed their advantage back to 10 but after a pair of free throws by Mauk the Mastodons pulled back within seven at 43-36.
Southern Utah then got a score inside from Moreland to lead off a 6-0 run that saw the SUU go up by a count of 49-36. The T-Birds continued to score the ball well throughout the remainder of the game, only allowing the margin to drop into the single digits once in the final 13-minutes of the game before eventually claiming the 80-68 victory.
SUU got 14 points from Moreland while Kimie Hawkins and Jones each chipped in 10. Siebert led IPFW with 21 after going 4-for-5 from behind the arc.
Southern Utah dominated the boards throughout the contest, recording 40 rebounds to IPFW's 25. The T-Birds also had a big night at the foul line, making a season-high 28 free throws on 36 attempts. SUU also had its best shooting performance of the year, going 24-of-44 from the floor for a mark of 54.5 percent.
"It feels great," said head coach JR Payne after the game."So many people contributed with points and rebounds."
"The last couple have been close and our team has been through a lot," explained Payne. "Tonight we showed that we will continue to fight and persevere."
SUU will continue its conference homestand Monday when it hosts Oakland. The T-Birds and Golden Grizzlies will tip things off in the Centrum Arena at 7 p.m.
UVU 58, NORTH DAKOTA 54: At Grand Forks, N.D., led by a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double from Sammie Jensen, Utah Valley rallied on the road. Picked to finish second behind season favorite UND (9-10, 0-1 GWC), the Wolverines (9-9, 1-0 GWC) used a 15-5 run midway through the second half to overturn UND's 10-point lead (41-31), and knot the game at 46 with 5:46 remaining in the game. Inside the run, Jensen scored seven points, including the game-tying 3-pointer.
UVU grabbed its first lead of the night just seconds later on a free throw from Alle Finch, and after trading points, senior guard Charnay Mothershed (Phoenix, Ariz.) hit from 3-point range to give UND a 51-49 lead. Finch answered from the field to knot the game once more, but this time it was Charnise Mothershed (Sr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) who hit from long range, giving the home team a three-point advantage (54-51, 2:54).
Following a field goal from Jensen to pull the Wolverines back within one, Finch swished a pair from the free-throw line to regain the UVU lead (55-54, 1:47). With UND unable to connect from the field or at the line, and UVU tacking on three more points from the stripe, the Wolverines walked away with its first conference win of the season.
Charnise led UND with 10 points on 3-for-10 shooting from the field, a pair of three-pointers and two free throws. Charnay finished with eight points on a perfect 2-for-2 showing from 3-point range and a field goal. Also with eight points was junior guard Nicole Smart.
Led by 10 points from Finch and 11 from Abbie Beutler, Utah Valley's reserves scored 30 of its total 58 points. The Wolverines shot 38.8 percent (19-for-49) from the field, 40 percent (4-for-10) at 3-point range, and 66.7 percent (16-for-24) at the line. UVU won the rebounding battle 39-35 and banked 13 points on second chances.
SNOW COLLEGE 66, SLCC 55: At Ephraim, the Bruins managed just 29 percent shooting and were outrebounded 39-37 in the loss. Salt Lake is now 10-8 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
Freshman Fawn Brady was Salt Lake's leading scorer with 24 points followed by Sophia Hepworth. The Bruins (10-8, 1-4) made 21-of-28 attempts at the foul line.
The Bruins host No. 10 North Idaho on Jan. 27 in Bruin Arena.
DIXIE STATE 80, HAWAII PACIFIC 71: At St. George, Angie Krisenten earned her 100th win with the Red Storm and Erica Hayes tied a career-high 27 points in a Pacific West Conference victory.
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