PITTSBURG -- The No. 17 Washburn Lady Blues put together a strong second-half effort Wednesday (Jan. 11) to hand the No. 10 Gorillas their first loss of the season, 65-51, in John Lance Arena.
Neither team shot over 40 percent from the field in the first half, but after the intermission Washburn came out strong racking up a .552 shooting percentage in the second half, including hitting three-of-five shots from behind the arc to pull away down the stretch.
The Gorillas (14-1, 8-1 MIAA) led by five points at intermission, but their shooting did not get better in the second half. Pitt State managed to hit just seven field goals in the second half and only saw one-of-14 three-point attempts fall through the net. Despite the poor shooting night PSU managed to outrebound the Lady Blues 42-35.
Larissa Richards recorded her seventh double-double effort of the season and 10th of her career chipping in 10 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and three blocks. The 14 boards also tied Richards' career high. Lizzy Jeronimus led the Gorillas scoring effort with 15 points. This was the 12th double digit scoring effort of her rookie campaign. Brooke Conley contributed 12 points in her 10th double digit showing of the season.
Pitt State had a tough night shooting the basketball shooting just .308 (16-52) from the field, .179 (5-28) from behind the arc, and .667 (14-21) from the charity stripe.
Washburn received 14 points from both Laura Kinderknecht and Ebonie Williams. Kinderknecht recorded 10 of her points in the Lady Blue's big second half. Tiara George and Cassie Lombardino each added eight points in the winning effort.
A layup by Alexa Bordewick cut Washburn's lead to nine with seven minutes left in the game, but that was as close as Pittsburg State would get. The rest of the game would be constantly played around a 10 point cushion that favored the Lady Blues.
The loss snaps the Gorillas record-breaking 14 game winning streak.
Pitt State will return to action Saturday (Jan. 14) when the Gorillas host Fort Hays State. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m. (CST) at John Lance Arena.
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