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Women's Basketball Withstands Late Run for Season-Opening Win

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The Pittsburg State Women's Basketball team wasable to withstand a late 14-2 run by Montana State-Billings to earn a 77-71 winin its season opening game at the CCA Tipoff Classic on Friday (November 8).

Pitt State had its largest lead of the game, 16 points, at 71-55 with 4:58remaining in the game. By the 1:04 mark, the Yellowjackets had cut Pitt State'slead to four at 73-69 on a transition layup by Kayleen Goggins. Brigit Hesserwas fouled just 10 seconds later and hit both of her free throws to extend thelead.

Lizzy Jeronimus added two more free throws, just two of 10 she made in thegame, to extend Pitt State's lead further to 77-69 with 34 second remaining.Billings' Bobbi Knudsen added two free throws for her team to cap the scoringfor the game. A steal by Cathy Brugman with three seconds left sealed the winfor the Gorillas.

Jeronimus led four Gorillas in double figures with 22 points. She also sharethe team lead in rebounds with Kylie Gafford with six. Starters Alex Bordewickand Antqunita Reed added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Morgan Westhoff cameoff the bench to score 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting from three-point range,all in the first half.

The Gorillas shot .429 from the floor and .462 from three point range. PittState's three point shooting made the difference in the game, as the Gorillasmade only one more shot than the Yellowjackets, but two more threes. TheGorillas held MSUB to just 22 percent from three-point range.

There were four ties and six lead changes in the game. After a 16-16 tie at9:39 in the first half, the Gorillas went on a 8-0 run started by a layup byBordewick and fueled by back-to-back threes by Bordewick and Westhoff.

Back-to-back threes by Westhoff gave the Gorillas their first double digit leadof the game at 34-22 with 3:58 remaining in the first half.

The Gorillas had their largest lead of the game, 16 points, for the first timeat 3:02 in the first half on free throws by Jeronimus.

Pitt State had a 42-39 lead at half time and maintained at least a nine-pointlead through the second half until BIllings went on its run.

Montana State BIllings Knudsen led all scorers with 23 points. Goggins chippedin 17 and Annie DePuydt, 10. Janiel Olson was the game's leading rebounder with10.

Pitt State will continue CCA Tipoff Classic play on Saturday as the team willmatch up with Concordia-St. Paul at 8:15 p.m. (CST). Live audio for the gamewill be available at GoToros.com/live 

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