Crimson Hawks season ends with upset loss to Shepherd

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It all started with plenty of promise.

After a resounding victory over the Edinboro Fighting Scots on their home court, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team ventured to Bloomsburg on their quest for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship and a chance to host the NCAA Atlantic Regionals.

Fate can be cruel, and the Crimson Hawks’ quest has halted quickly by the West Chester Golden Rams.

In their previous meeting with the Golden Rams, the Crimson Hawks proved to be victorious; but according to IUP head coach Tom McConnell, previous matchups are not something to go by in the postseason.

“Every game is different, and every game has a different flow to it,” McConnell said. “If you play one team earlier in the year, once that next game starts, it’s completely different. We knew going in what happened in November was irrelevant. It was a clean slate.”

West Chester University held IUP to well below their average point per game (IUP led the PSAC with 77 points per game) and captured a 63-59 victory.

Lindsay Stamp (senior, criminology) recorded her 10th double-double of the season in the loss to the Golden Rams with 13 points and 12 rebounds – both of which were team highs for IUP.

The team would cool off and go scoreless with 2:11 left in the second half, which was the team’s downfall.

McConnell said his team did not play IUP basketball.

“We just didn’t score the ball well,” McConnell said. “We missed some shots that we normally make. Sometimes, you can’t control how well you’re going to shoot the basketball.”

IUP failed to get a chance at the California Vulcans, who defeated the Golden Rams to win the PSAC tournament and swept the Crimson Hawks in the regular season.

However, they had another opportunity to advance their 2014-15 season. IUP was chosen as the second seed in the Atlantic Regionals.

The Crimson Hawks faced Shepherd University, a team that IUP soundly defeated earlier in the year. But as McConnell said, the slate was wiped clean.

Shepherd got the memo.

IUP had four players post double figures against Shepherd, but it was all for naught as Shepherd held the team to 60 points en route to an upset victory.

The 68-60 final marked the end of the road for the team. McConnell said, much like the West Chester game, IUP didn’t play typical IUP basketball.

“We struggled from the 3-point line,” McConnell said. “We just didn’t score the ball like we normally do.”

The IUP Crimson Hawks weren’r without success during the season. The team finished as the top regular-season PSAC team with a record of 23-5.