PITTSBURG -- The Central Oklahoma Bronchos used a 9-0 run in the last 2:16 of the game to earn a 70-62 win over the Gorillas in the opening game of MIAA conference play for both teams.
The Gorillas led through most of the second half, but had trouble hitting shots down the stretch.The Gorillas scored their last points from the floor on a Lizzy Jeronimus layup with 3:34 to go. The team lead by as many as eight early in the second half and still held a five-point lead with 7:54 to go. UCO went on a small run then, tying the game for the 10th time with 3:57 remaining.
Jeronimus led the Gorillas with 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Drew Roberts also finished in double figures with 11 points. Cathy Brugman came off the bench to share the team high in rebounds with nine. Freshman Kylie Gafford was just under double figures with nine points in her first start for the Gorillas.
Pitt State shot .40 percent from the floor, but UCO shot 47 percent. One area where the Gorillas excelled was rebounding, as the team grabbed 44 rebounds on the night, including 18 off the offensive glass. Central Oklahoma had only 28 total rebounds.
UCO's Whitney Dunn led all players with 16 points. Alyssa Fuxa recouded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Britney Morgan also added nine points.
There were eight ties and four lead changes in the first half. UCO took a game-high eight-point lead at 26-18 with 7:10 remaining in the opening half. Pitt State then went on an 8-0 run and tied the game on a Jeronimus layup with 4:21 to go.
Pitt State took its first lead since the early minutes of the game on an Alexa Bordewick three with 2:44 left in the first half. From there the Gorillas hung on, though the Bronchos tied the game two more times, to take a 37-33 lead into the locker room at the half.
Pitt State will play its first MIAA road game of the season on Saturday at 1 p.m. in St. Charles, Mo. The Gorillas will face MIAA newcomer Lindenwood.