Alexa Bordewick had only seven points on the night, but three of those came on a 28-foot shot as time expired in regulation to tie the game at 61-61 and send the game into overtime.
The Gorillas (7-3) then outscored Truman (6-3), 14-5 in overtime to earn the 75-66 win over their for MIAA foe.
Lizzy Jeronimus led the Gorillas with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Half of her points came in the overtime period. She played the last 10:54 of the game with four fouls. Morgan Westhoff came off the bench to chip in 16, including a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the charity stripe. Bordewick added her seven points, as did Cathy Brugman and Hailey Roderique. Alex Muff pulled down seven rebounds.
Pitt State shot 37 percent from the floor, 42 percent in the first half and 60 percent in overtime, but was pulled down by a 9-for-32 second half. The Gorillas were outrebounded by 14, 59-45.
Nicole Gloor led Truman with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Twelve of her 18 points came from the free throw line. Amy Briggs added 13 points. Michalina Tomczak pulled d own 10 rebounds.
Pitt State led 32-27 after a solid first half. The team was able to narrowly hang on to its lead in the second half until a 10-2 run by the Bulldogs gave them a 49-44 lead with 7:29 to go. Pitt State fought back and went up by one again, 50-49 on a Brugman layup with 5:30 remaining.
The Gorillas were able to stretch their lead to three, but again the fiesty Bulldogs came back and went up by one again with just under three minutes on the clock. Truman was able to stretch its lead to four with 13 seconds left. It looked like the game would be out of reach for the Gorillas, but Brigit Hesser received the in bounds pass and dribbled down the court for a quick layup to cut the Truman lead to two.
Right away Roderique fouled Allie Norton. Norton made one of her two free throws, putting Truman up 61-58 with just six seconds to go. Brugman grabbed the rebound and got the ball down the court to Bordewick, who seemed to just keep backing up before taking the game tying shot.
The Gorillas scored the first points of the overtime, a layup by Jeronimus, and never surrendered the lead. The team built a game-high 10-point lead capped by free throws from Jeronimus with a minute left. Truman's Gloor made a free throw with 49 seconds left for the final point of the game and the final 75-66 score.
Pitt State will play its final game of 2013 on Saturday, December 21 at 1:30 p.m. against Southwest Baptist. It will be the team's conference home opener. It is also the Gorillas' Ugly Christmas Sweater Game. Fans should come in their favorite festive attire for the chance to win $40 from the Pitt State Bookstore.
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