KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Strong senior play by Laura Glenn and a tough inside game from Larissa Richards helped propel the Gorillas to a 61-57 overtime win over rival Missouri Southern in the MIAA Tournament on Friday (March 4) at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
The Gorillas now advance to the tournament semifinals to face top-seeded Northwest Missouri at 6 p.m. on Saturday (March 5). Northwest advanced after a 69-62 win over Truman in the first game of the day.
Glenn led Pitt State with a career-high 21 points. She completed her double-double with 14 rebounds. Richards added 15 points for for the Gorillas, 13 of which she scored in the second half.
There were four ties and two lead changes in the second half alone. Pitt State led by a game-high seven points with 13:44 remaining. From that point Missouri Southern used an 18-2 run lasting nearly six minutes to take a 45-36 lead with 7:54 remaining in the game. An Alexa Bordewick three stopped the run, and brought the Gorillas back within six. The Gorillas continued to fight and tied the game with just over four minutes left. Pitt State was not able to take the lead agin until Richards hit a layup with just under a minutes left for a 51-49 PSU advantage. The advantage was shorted lived though as Jasmine Lovejoy hit a jumper for the Lions, tying the game and scoring the last points of regulation.
Pitt State scored first in the overtime, but MSSU immediately answered to take a one-point lead, 54-53 with four minutes left. Richards regained the lead for Pitt State and the Gorillas never looked back as the were able to maintain the lead for the remainder of the game for the 61-57 win.
The Gorillas shot just 30 percent from the field on nine of 30 shooting in the first half, but Pitt State capitalized on 10 offensive rebounds fo several second-chance points. The team used a late 7-0 run to take a 24-22 lead to the lockerroom at the half.
Southern's Jasmine Lovejoy paced all scorers with 33 points. Erin Rice added 12 points.