The Crimson Hawks have done it again.
The IUP women’s basketball team has won its sixth consecutive game with a 71–38 victory against Mansfield on Saturday. This was also the second game this season that the Hawks kept an opponent to fewer than 40 points.
The Hawks have been a force defensively this year, and their opponents are averaging only 49.1 points per game.
“It feels great knowing that we are flowing defensively” forward Natalie Myers (senior, education) said. “We work so hard on our defense every day. It is one of our team’s strengths and something we can consistently rely on. Our defense gives us the opportunity to be in the game with any team and lifts us up on the offensive end.”
Myers and this squad caused 17 turnovers for the Mounties and ultimately used their defensive efforts to lead into their superb offensive attack.
The 2–6 Mansfield could never quite get going Saturday as the Hawks beat them in almost every meaningful category offensively. IUP shot a solid 41 percent from the field and an even more impressive 40 percent from 3-point range.
IUP saw production from a multitude of players, including Courtney Alexander (junior, nursing). Alexander had herself a career game in which she posted a collegiate high of 18 points scored.
Along with Alexander’s standout performance, Maura D’Anna (junior, physical education) and Myers both posted double-doubles against Mansfield.
The Crimson Hawks are riding high on their impressive win streak and will have the opportunity to test their skills against a talented opponent. IUP will be taking on the newcomer to the PSAC, Shepherd.
The Hawks have a strong 3–0 record in conference with Shepherd at 2–1; this game could potentially prove to be one of the biggest matchups the PSAC has to offer.
Both squads have been on fire as of recent and are tied at 8–1. With a young squad that is coming up against what could arguably be its toughest opponents of the year, the Hawks must remain grounded.
“I have been telling my teammates that they have to be confident and stay leveled,” Myers said. “We can’t get too up or down. The season is so long, and we just want to continue getting better and striving to be the best that we can be.”
Strong advice coming from one of the leaders of this squad. Head coach Tom McConnell and his team do not take any opponent lightly and will play their game.
They are going to play strong defense and stay grounded. The players have taken to this mindset, and it has shown in the results.