PITTSBURG -- The Pitt State Women's Basketball team (3-5, 1-3 MIAA) earned its first MIAA win of the 2010-11 season on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 11). The Gorillas defeated Southwest Baptist (4-4, 1-3 MIAA), 69-61.
Alexa Bordewick came off the bench to lead the Gorillas with 15 points. Drew Roberts added 14. Laura Glenn contributed a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Courtney Tate added 10 points and also had six steals on the game. Kylee Baldetti led the Gorillas with 11 rebounds, she also contributed eight points.
Ashleigh Gallio led the Bearcats with 15 points. Jourtni Williams added 14 and Courtney Heady, 11. Whitney Malone came up with 10 rebounds to lead her team.
The first half was tight right down to the halftime buzzer, though there were only two ties and one lead change. Pitt State took its initial lead with a Tate layup at 18:29 to go up 5-3. The Bearcats tied the game at 6-6 with just over 15 minutes to go in the half. A Bordewick three broke the tie and gave the Gorillas the lead for good. Pitt State built steadily to an eight-point lead with 2:41 to go in the half. A 7-0 run by the Bearcats put them within one with 37 second remaining, but a Britnee Foster free throw and a Tate layup gave the Gorillas a three-point advantage again. The half ended as Gallio scored a layup for SBU, resulting in a 29-27 half time score.
SBU came on strong in the first half, but the Gorillas were able to keep them at bay until a Jacqui Zelenka three-point play with just under 15 minutes left tied the game at 35-35. Roberts knocked down a three for PSU to break the tie. After a Zalenka layup, Pitt State went on a 6-0 run to take a seven point lead again. SBU answered with a 7-1 run to be within one at 45-44 with only 10 minutes left in the game. A 10-0 Gorilla run, fueled by eight points from Bordewick Gave the Gorillas their first double digit lead of the game, 55-44. The Gorillas continued to stay out in front, not letting SBU any closer than seven point for the remainder of the game. The team took a game-high 12-point lead 67-55 with just 1:55 remaining.
Pitt State finishes out 2010 with a road game at Central Missouri next Saturday, December 18.