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Women's Basketball Stumbles Against No. 16 Washburn

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PITTSBURG -- After a trying week, the Gorilla women's  basketball team hit an emotional wall and fell to No. 16 Washburn, 64-47, at John Lance Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Pitt State made the first shot of the game, but Washburn took the lead with 16:44 remaining in the first half and never looked back. The Gorillas remained close, however, and did not allow the Lady Blues a double digit lead until 6:54 in the first period. The lead was only 12, 30-18, at the half.

The Gorillas were able to cut the lead to single digits again in the early minutes of the second half, but an 11-2 Washburn run stretched their lead to 18, 43-25, with 12:29 to go. The team led by as much as 25 twice, with 5:45 and 4:18 to go. From 4:18 on, the Gorillas went on a 9-2 run to arrive at the final 64-47 score.

Pitt State fought through the game despite shooting .262 overall and .192 from long range. The Gorillas were also outrebounded 50-38.

One area where the Gorillas did fare well was turnovers. The team committed only 13 turnovers in the game, while Washburn committed 20. Pitt State also had eight steals and six blocks on the afternoon.

Laura Glenn and Kylee Baldetti each scored nin points to lead the Gorillas. Amanda Orloske and Brooke Conley each added six points off the bench. Glenn led the team with eight rebounds. She also had a team-leading three assists.

Washburn's Stevi Schultz led all players with 25 points and also had 10 rebounds. Laura McMullin had a game-high 11 rebounds.

PItt State will play its final home game on Wednesday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. Seniors Kylee Baldetti, Laura Glenn, Marissa Poppe and Bailey Waugh will be honored for their contributions to Gorilla women's basketball.

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