Star in the making for women’s basketball

Versatile guard Amy Fairman has emerged as IUP’s game changer.

The IUP women’s basketball has surprisingly won almost 20 games and are in contention for its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2009.

The reason its surprising is because IUP added a number of new players to the roster, including five freshman who were going to be asked to play prominent roles from the get-go.

Indiana natives Marita Mathe and Leslie Stapleton have done their part with their lethal outside shooting, but Creekside native and Marion Center High School graduate Amy Fairman has done so with versatility.

Fairman has shown the ability to be the ultimate threat for IUP.

Despite averaging only 6.3 points per game, Fairman remains a fixture on the court because of her plethora of other abilities. She leads the Crimson Hawks in assists, is second in steals with 44, and has nine games where has recorded at least five rebounds.

“I focus more on getting my teammates involved,” Fairman said, “So if I am having a bad shooting night, I know I can still be a factor in other areas of the game.”

Fairman, who considers herself an unselfish player, has had to step up her scoring as of late and stood up to the challenge.

During the last four games, Fairman has averaged 10.2 points per game.

The reason for Fairman scoring more lately IUP Head Coach Jeff Dow challenging her to be more aggressive on offense.

“I’ve been looking to score more,” Fairman said. “I look to drive to the basket and if the defense doesn’t stop me, then I’ll continue to drive the ball hoping to make a positive play for my team.”

Fairman is also known for her lockdown defense as well. She is constantly in passing lanes and disrupting opposing offenses. She is currently second on the team with 44 steals.

Fairman’s first season has been a success so far. She has been able to play in front family and friends at every home game, she’s been able to play with former high school opponents and friends Mathe and Stapleton and she has had helped the Hawks stay in the running for another PSAC title.

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