PITTSBURG -- If there is one thing Pitt State fans learned about the women's basketball team in the home opener, it is that this year's team plays fast. The Gorillas run the full court from first tip until the last buzzer sounds and that pace helped them to a 97-51 win over Southwest Minnesota State in the season opener on Friday (November 9) afternoon.
Pitt State was only ahead by nine, 41-32 at the half, but charged to a 72-40 lead in the first 10:30 of the second half. Pitt State outscored the Mustangs 31-8 before the second media timeout just beyond the midway point in the second half. A big portion of that came in a 24-0 run from 17:17 to 11:14 in the second half.
All 13 Gorillas that saw court time scored in the game. Morgan Westhoff came off the bench to lead four players in double figures with 17. Lizzy Jeronimus added 15, Drew Roberts, 13, and Lauren Brown, 12. Twelve of Westhoff's points came in the second half, as did eight of Brown's.
Pitt State shot 63 percent from the floor (41-of-65) and 60 percent (9-of-15) from three point range. Roberts hit three of the Gorilla threes in the game.
Pitt State outrebounded the Mustangs 44-28. Four Gorillas shared the team lead in rebounds with five a piece, Jeronimus, Brown, Hailey Roderique and Y'Cedria Devers. Roderique led the team with five steals. Kylie Gafford added four steals and led the team with three blocks. Alexa Bordewick led the Gorillas with four assists.
Southwest Minnesota State was led by Rebekah Rolling with 13 points. Bree Holleman and Annessa Rosch each scored 11. Hope Bonlander led all players with six rebounds.
The Gorillas continue PSU Tipoff Classic play on Saturday (November 10) against Mary (N.D.) at 3 p.m. in John Lance Arena.