After trailing by as many as seven late in the first half, the Pitt State women's basketball team (6-3, 1-0 MIAA) fought back to earn a 57-55 win over Northwest Missouri (2-5, 0-1 MIAA) at Bearcat Arena on Thursday (December 5) evening.
The Bearcats had a 23-16 lead with 5:11 left in the first half. The Gorillas battled back and tied the game a 28-all on a Hadyn Herlocker three with just 47 seconds remaining in the half.
In the second half, Northwest quickly jumped out to a four-point lead before back-to-back jumpers by Alexa Bordewick and Alex Muff tied the game for the seventh time. PItt State added to that with jumpers by Antqunita Reed on consecutive possesions to cap an 8-0 Gorilla run and give Pitt State its first lead since the 9:43 mark in the first half.
Pitt State earned the largest lead of the game on an Alex Muff free throw with 6:50 left in the game, giving Pitt State a 52-43 boost.
Over the next two minutes, the Bearcats outscored the Gorillas 11-3 to cut the lead to one at 55-54 with just 2:09 remaining. Lizzy Jeronimus was fouled and made one of two free throws to take the lead back to two, 56-54. A Pitt State foul sent the Bearcats' Ashliegh Nelson to the line with 25 seconds left on the clock. She made only one of the two free throws, allowing Pitt State to keep a one-point lead. Brigit Hesser added a free throw for the Gorillas with 16 seconds left for the final 57-55 score.
The game wasn't over though, as the Bearcats got the ball back. Nelson attempted a shot with six seconds on the clock, but it was blocked by Cathy Brugman. The Bearcats got the ball out of bounds off Brugman's hands. Nelson missed another jumped and Brigit Hesser grabbed the rebound with two seconds left. Hesser turned the ball over, but Hailey Roderique came up with a big steal to preserve the Gorilla win.
Jeronimus and Reed led the team with 11 points a piece. Alex Muff added 10 points and Y'Cedria Devers, nine. Jeronimus led the Gorillas with six rebounds, while Kylie Gafford had five. Devers added an impressive four steals. Jeronimus also had a team high three blocks and three assists.
Pitt State shot an impressive 51 percent overall for the game, including 57 percent in the second half. The Gorillas had 11 steals on the night.
Northwest's Nelson led all players with 18 points.
Pitt State will have the next two weeks off for finals before taking on former MIAA foe Truman State at 6:30 p.m. on December 18.
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