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Scouting IPFW: Although their record doesn't really show it, the Mastodons are making positive strides. Their last three games include a win over Denver — their first victory since Dec. 12 - and a pair of buzzer-beater losses to UNO and Western Illinois in winnable games. IPFW is in a group of three teams with Denver and North Dakota State battling for the final two spots in the upcoming Summit League tournament. It will need another win — and perhaps two — to get there, and Thursday's game is one of its most winnable remaining. Keanna Gary recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds in the first meeting with the Mavericks. Josie Fisher came off the bench to score 28 points against Western Illinois.

Scouting UNO: Now that their tough week — which included home games with conference leaders South Dakota State and South Dakota — is over, the Mavericks can look to build momentum heading into the conference tournament. Their first step is snapping their three-game skid against a team that pushed them to the wire not long ago. Freshman Ellie Brecht's game-winner in the closing seconds gave UNO a two-point victory at IPFW on Jan. 28. It was the last win by the Mavs. The stretch run, however, includes games against three teams UNO has already beaten and another it lost to at the buzzer. Abi Lujan has rejoined the starting lineup as the third guard for the Mavs, shifting primary ball-handling duties to Bobbi Beckwith and Remy Davenport.

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