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Women's Basketball Opens Exhibition Play at Nebraska Sunday

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Game Day Information
What: at Nebraska (Exhibition)
When: Sunday, October 27 - 2 p.m.
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena • Lincoln, Neb.
Live Stats: none
Live Radio: huskers.com
Live Video: huskers.com

Head Coaches
Pittsburg State (0-0, 0-0 MIAA): Lane Lord (Tabor '93)
Record at PSU/Overall: 104-68 (seventh season)/same
Nebraska (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten): Connie Yori (Creighton '86)
Record at UN/Overall: 215-135 (12th season)/410-275 (24th season)

Last Time Out
Pittsburg State: vs Missouri Western • L, 67-71 (MIAA Tournament 1st Round)
Nebraska: vs. Duke • L, 53-45 (NCAA Sweet 16) 

What's Next?
Pittsburg State: October 30 at Kansas • 8 p.m. (Exhibition)
Nebraska: November 3 vs. Nebrska-Kearney • 2 p.m. (Exhibition)

Complete Game Notes


PITTSBURG, Kan. -- Pittsburg State will begin the 2013-14 season with back-to-back exhibition games against Division I teams. The first is Sunday, October 27 against Nebraska in Lincoln in the brand new Pinnacle Arena.

Live video and radio will be available on Huskers.com

Scouting Nebraska

The Huskers are coming off a 25-9 season that saw the all the way to the Sweet 16 before being defeated by Duke, 53-45. It was the team's second appearance in the Sweet 16 in the last four years. 

The team is led by two-time WBCA and AP All-American forward Jordan Hooper. Hooper averaged 17.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in her junior campaign. In addition to being strong down low, she has the potential to step out and shoot the three. In fact, she has 215 career threes and is second on the program's career threes list. Emily Cady and Hailie Sample have joined Hooper as the starting forwards in 67 straight games for the Huskers, demonstrating the stability of the program. Cady averaged 9.1 ppg and 7.9 rpg last season on her way to earning All-big 10 accolades. Sophomore guard Rachel Theriot earned All-Freshman team honors while scoring 6.2 points and 2.8 rpg.

Scouting Pittsburg State

Though the team battled adversity and in consistency at the end of the season, the Gorillas came away with a 17-10 overall record, the fifth consecutive winning season under Head Coach Lane Lord.

The Gorillas return eight players from their 17-10 2012-13 season and add eight newcomers. All eight of Pitt State's returners have seen starting time in their careers.

The top returner is junior All-American Lizzy Jeronimus. Last season Jeronimus led Pitt State and the MIAA with 18.4 points per game. She also contributed 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Morgan Westhoff was the team's second-leading scorer a year ago with 8.7 ppg and led the team with 46 threes made and a .400 three-point shotting percentage. Senior guard Alexa Bordewick is third on Pitt State's career three-point shooting list and brings 6.1 ppg to the court. Hailey Roderique started each of the frist 14 games and recorded a double-double before succumbing to a season-ending injury in December. Junior Brigit Hesser and senior Y'Cedria Devers each started eight games last season and have been significant contributors at the guard position. Hesser sees the court and moves the ball well, while Devers is very athletic and a tenacious defender. Cathy Brugman and Kylie Gafford are both strong players down low that can also step out and shoot. They will each look to play bigger roles this season.

Twin guards Garrett and Ashli Burton redshirted their first year at Pitt State and will see court time for the first time in their collegiate careers. Alex Muff played four years of Division I volleyball at Kansas State and has enrolled in graduate school at Pittsburg State and will add a strong presence down low for the Gorillas. She is the daughter of head men's basketball coach, Kevin Muff. Antqunita Reed is an extremely athletic junior guard who transferred from St. Petersburg College in Florida.

In addition to the four redshirt and transfer players, the Gorillas add four true freshmen: 6-0 forward Tamiaya Henderson (Mt. Vernon, Mo.), 5-10 guard Paige Lungwitz (Maize, Kan.), 5-6 guard Haydn Herlocker (Girard, Kan.) and 5-11 forward Deja Snell (Frisco, Texas).

PSU vs. Nebraska

Pitt State is 0-4 in exhibition games against Nebraska. This will mark the fifth consecutive season the two teams have met in exhibition action in Lincoln. In 2009, Pitt State was one of only five teams to play within 15 points of the Huskers on their home court with a 68-54 loss on Novmber 3. The teams met on Halloween in 2010 with Pitt State falling 78-60. In 2011, the Huskers earned a 31-point win over the Gorillas 86-55. Last season, the Gorillas were frustrated by the No. 18 Division I team in the country and fell 78-34.

Last Season vs. Nebraska

Playing the No. 18 Division I team in the country would be a difficult task for many teams at the same division. It was a frustrating night for Pittsburg State, who fell to the Huskers 78-34 on Monday (October 29), but the team saw many positives in the second half and learned what they need to work on before their season opener on November 9.

Sophomore Lizzy Jeronimus led the Gorillas with nine points. Sophomore Morgan Westhoff and freshman Kylie Gafford each added five points. Freshman Cathy Brugman had four. Seniors Drew Roberts and Lauren Brown, juniors Alexa Bordewick and Kristina Willis and sophomore Hailey Roderique each scored two.

Lauren Brown scored the first points of the game for the Gorillas on a put back after an offensive rebound with 12:11 remaining in the first half. Pitt State would add only five more points in the first half, three on free throws from Lizzy Jeronimus and two from Drew Roberts.

Pitt State committed 18 turnovers in the first  half. As a positive, the team finished the opening half only three rebounds behind the Huskers, 19-16, and blocked four shots, three by Alexa Bordewick.

With nerves having worn off, the team came out of the half with more tenacity. It took less time for the Gorillas to score in the second half, as Jeronimus hit a jumper from just outside the lane with 16:22 left in the game. Pitt State also hit the boards hard and heavy to start the second half, as they grabbed 11 boards in the first 4:30 after intermission. The Gorillas finished the game with 35 rebounds, including 12 on the offensive glass.

Morgan Westhoff hit the first three of the game for the Gorillas with 15:27 to go. Gafford also hit a three for Pitt State.

The Gorillas had the hardest time defending against Nebraska's hot three-point shooting. The Huskers made 13 of 24 threes, to shoot at .542 from long range on the night. The Huskers were led by Jordan Hooper with 17 points and nine rebounds.

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