EMPORIA, Kan. — The Pittsburg State women's basketball team used an 18-6 run midway through the second half to turn a seven-point deficit into a five-point lead and the Gorillas held off the Lady Hornets down the stretch for a 63-60 road win at W.L. White Auditorium Wednesday (Feb. 20).
The win gave the Gorillas (16-7, 10-5 MIAA) their seventh straight victory over the Lady Hornets (16-7, 11-4 MIAA) as well as Pitt State's third straight win on ESU's home floor.Iit also ended a nine-game win streak for the Lady Hornets this season.
The game came down to the final minutes, as Pitt State led by as many as eight with just over four minutes to go. Emporia State went on a 7-0 run to cut Pitt State's lead to just one with 2:20 on the clock. A Lauren Brown rebound took the Pitt State lead back to three, but Merissa Quick scored a jumper for ESU to take Pitt State's tenuous lead to 61-60 with under a minute remaining. Brigit Hesser was fouled on the other end and made the first of two free throws to put the Gorillas up by two. After two, Emporia timeouts, Quick missed a jumper with just two ticks left on the clock, Hesser grabbed the rebound and was fouled. She made one of her two free throws with time expired for the 63-60 win.
Hesser played one of her best games of the season for the Gorillas as she finished with 10 points and led the team with a career-high six rebounds. She also added three assists. Lizzy Jeronimus led the team with 16 points, four assists and two steals. She was one of four Pitt State players with five rebunds in the game. Alexa Bordewick converted 4-of-6 threes to add 12 points. She has made 12 threes in the last three games.Lauren Brown, Drew Roberts and Morgan Westhoff each scored seven points.
The Gorillas withstood a 31-point scoring night from Merissa Quick, who's potential game-tying jumper with two seconds to play missed the mark and allowed Pitt State to secure the big road victory.
The Gorillas shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the field in the game, while limiting the Lady Hornets to 35.8 percent shooting (19-of-53) and only 26.3 percent from three-point range.
Pitt State will return to action Saturday (Feb. 23) when the Gorillas travel to Edmond, Okla., to face Central Oklahoma at 1:30 p.m. (CST). The Bronchos will take on Missouri Southern at Joplin, Mo., Thursday (Feb. 21).