KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In a game where its opponent led the entire game, the Pittsburg State women's basketball team never quit fighting. Despite a deficit as high as 16 in the second half, the team was able to narrow the gap to five in the game's waning minutes before falling, 83-76 to Northwest Missouri in the MIAA Tournament semifinals.
The Gorillas trailed by a game-high 16 points with 14:29 to go in the game. In the next two minutes, they were able to cut the lead to 10, but despite Northwest having answer to most any surge Pitt State would offer, the team was able to cut the lead to single digits for the first time since 4:20 mark in the first half on a Drew Roberts jumper. Pitt State cut the lead to six with a Brooke Conley three, with 5:54 remaining, to keep the Gorillas and their fans in the game.
The Bearcats built back an 11-point lead, but the Gorillas would still not go away, taking the deficit back to only seven points. Northwest had its last double digit lead with 2:24 remaining. A 7-2 Gorilla run, capped by a Kylee Baldetti jumper in the paint put Pitt State down by only 5 with 27 seconds on the clock. Pitt State needed to foul to get the ball back and the Bearcats were able to sink their free throws, giving them the win and the chance to play for the tournament title.
Conley came off the bench to lead the Gorillas with 17 points. She score 14 of her 17 points in the second half. She and Alexa Bordewick each hit three of the team's 10 three-point shots on the night. Bordewick finished the game with 11 points. Laura Glenn scored 12 in her final game as a Gorilla and Roberts added 10.
All five of Northwest's starters scored in double figures led by Shelly Martin with a game-high 22. Gabby Curtis added 18, while Gentry Dietz, Kyla Roehrig and Abby Henry each had 13.
Pitt State finishes the 2010-11 season with a 16-12 overall record. The Gorillas graduate four seniors, Baldetti, Glenn, Marissa Poppe and Bailey Waugh.