ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Nine Missouri Western threes and a minus four rebounding margin hurt the Gorillas as they fell 73-55 in their MIAA opener on Wednesday (Dec.1) evening.
Pitt State falls to 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in MIAA play, while the Griffons improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the league.
PItt State shot .356 from the floor overall and .304 from three-point range. The Gorillas also had a tough night from the charity stripe, hitting only 6-of-13 free throws for the game. Missouri Western shot only .310 from three-point range, but .424 for the game overall.
Drew Roberts led Pitt State with 11 points thanks to two threes in the last minute of the game. Larissa Richards finished the game with nine, all scored in the last five minutes of the first half. Lauren Brown led the Gorillas with 10 rebounds.
Missouri Western's Jessica Koch led all players with 19 points. Lauren Nolke contributed 15.
The Gorillas now return to Pittsburg for a three-game home stand beginning with a Saturday match up with Truman at 1:30 p.m.