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Before taking to the road for five straight contests, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team took care of business at home.
The Crimson Hawks faced Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference newcomer University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Pitt-Johnstown raced out to an 8-3 lead and put up 3-pointers by Kayla DeCriscio and Leah Hansen. From there, the game was controlled for the most part by the Crimson Hawks and Lindsay Stamp (junior, criminology).
Stamp finished the game with 35 points, which was just three points shy of the single-game record.
Moreover, Stamp was a perfect 7-of-7 from beyond the arc, a record she now shares with teammate Marita Mathe (junior, safety science).
After being down 8-3, IUP went on a 14-2 run and built their lead to 17-10. Stamp contributed eight of the Crimson Hawks’ points on the run.
IUP strengthened its lead midway through the first half on a three by Marina Wareham (sophomore, nutrition) and ended the first half on a Leslie Stapleton (junior, biology/pre-med) basket. The Crimson Hawks went into halftime leading 42-30.
In the second frame, the Crimson Hawks continued their dominance.
IUP held a 24-point lead four times and went on to defeat the Mountain Cats 96-72.
The Crimson Hawks shot 51.4 percent from the floor and 68.8 percent from beyond the arc. IUP enjoyed a plus-10 margin in rebounds and finished 73.3 percent from the line.
Ten players were able to find the scoring column, including Amy Fairman (junior, business management), who had 15 points and four steals on the night.
IUP took to the road and traveled to PSAC West Division rival Clarion University.
The Crimson Hawks made quick work of the Golden Eagles and captured a 70-45 victory.
Stamp scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds en route to the victory, which was IUP’s fourth on the year.
Ashley Stoner (junior, English) had a productive game, notching 11 points and nine boards.
Perhaps the main factor in IUP’s victory was the defense’s ability to shut down Clarion’s offense.
Coming into the contest against IUP, the Golden Eagles averaged nearly 85 points per game. The Crimson Hawks limited the Golden Eagles shooters to a 29.8 field goal percentage.
Fairman finished with a career-high 11 rebounds and continued her impressive streak of at least one steal per game with two of them.
IUP’s next opponent was Dowling College, located in Oakdale, N.Y.
The game was back and forth throughout the first half. IUP opened the contest by scoring the game’s first 14 points before the Golden Lions mounted a fierce comeback by going on a 13-2 run.
IUP and Dowling shared runs and went into halftime tied 34-34.From there, the Crimson Hawks surged.
Stamp came out firing by sinking three straight shots and Stapleton sank a triple to go on top by 10 points.
Dowling responded numerous times and tried to tie the game, but IUP rattled off 11 consecutive points in the final minutes of the game to win.
Stamp finished with 21 points, which was her fifth consecutive game with 20 points or more.
Fairman recorded 10 points while Mathe earned eight.
In the fourth game of their early season road trip, the Crimson Hawks took on Shepherd University, Tuesday.
Ten different players scored for IUP, and as a result, the Crimson Hawks captured a 78-53 victory over the non-conference Rams.
With the victory, IUP improved to 6-0 on the year.
Stamp finished with 20 points, eight boards and three blocks. It was the sixth straight game Stamp earned 20 points or more. She now leads the PSAC in scoring with 22.8 points per game.
IUP went on an early 21-2 run and built a 26-point lead before taking a 44-19 lead into halftime.
Shepherd tried to bounce back with a run of their own, but head coach Tom McConnell’s squad held off the Rams attack and captured the victory.
IUP returns to PSAC competition Saturday, Dec. 7, in Greensburg where they will face Seton Hill University to finish their road trip.