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Women's Basketball Ready to Hit the Ground Running in New Year

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PItt State begins 2014 at a fast pace, playing three games in the first six days of the year. The Gorillas open the new year at home against NAIA opponent Saint Mary on January 2 at 6 p.m. The team will finally jump back into conference play on January 4 and 6 at Lindenwood and Lincoln. 

SBU Update

Pitt State's game against SBU, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 21 was cancelled due to inclement weather. The game will be made up at a later date, though that date has not yet been set. It will most likely not happen until February, as the Gorillas have no more than four days between games until after February 1.

Scouting Saint Mary

The Spires are 1-11 over all this season. The team's one win was over Central Christian College, 85-68, in the first game of the season. The team has played two other MIAA teams, losing 100-34 to Fort Hays State and 64-46 to Northwest Missouri. 

The Spires average 61.8 points per game, while allowing opponents 81.9 ppg. The team hits .310 overall and .253 from three-point range. The team hits 70 percent of its free throws. Saint Mary is outrebounded by more than 10 a game, 48.0 to 37.8 rebounds per game. 

Ebonee Ryhmes leads the team with 19.17 ppg and 7.3 rpg. Shanice Palmer is just under double figures with 9.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg

Scouting Lindenwood

LIndenwood is 8-3 overall and 3-1 in MIAA play. The team's one conference loss was to Nebraska-Kearney, 78-71, on Dec. 20. The team earned at 85-80 win over Washburn (rv) on December 22. The team's two additional losses came at the hands of Arkansas-Monticello and Missouri-St. Louis. The Lions had a six-game win streak before the loss at Nebraska-Kearney.

The Lions average 78.4 ppg, while holding opponents to 67.9 ppg. They are outrebounding opponents 39.4 to 34.4. The team shoots .470 from the floor overall and .345 from three-point range. The average just under 18 turnovers a game. 

Three players average double figures for the Lions. Kassidy Gengenbacher leads the team with 13.6 ppg. She is one of three players with 10 or more threes made this season and shoots 42 percent from long range. Marissa Lehnig and Caroline Bourlioux each add 12.6 ppg. Bourlioux is also the top rebounder with 5.7 rpg and 23 steals. Jenny Rocha is the team's assists leader with 47. Morgan Johnson has made the most threes with 20 made on the season.

Scouting Lincoln

LIncoln is 3-8 overal and 0-4 in conference play. The team has already faced both Oklahoma schools, Nebraska-Kearney and Washburn in league play. The team's wins were over Hannibal-LaGrange, Missouri Baptist and Harris Stowe State.

The Blue Tigers have scored 60.5 ppg, while allowing opponents 66.2 ppg. The team pulls down 36.5 rpg, while opponents get 38.6 rpg. The team turns the ball over 22 times a game. 

Three Blue Tigers average double figures, all within less than a point of each other. Hunter Yoakum leads the team with 10.7 ppg. She is the team's top three-point shooter with 20 made threes on the season. Angela Randall addes 10.2 ppg and is the leading rebounder with 6.4 rpg. She also leads the team with 25 assists and 24 steals for the year. Jenniger Rosada adds 10.1 ppg to round out players in double figures. 

Scouting Pittsburg State

Pitt State looks to use its schedule to its advantage and settle into a rhythm to start the new year. Games were sporadic at the beginning of the season, with several breaks of a week or more between games. Regular competition should help the Gorillas settle into a groove and build some success.

The team is 7-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The team's one conference win was over Northwest Missouri. The team's losses all came at the hands of teams that were ranked or receiving votes , Concordia-St. Paul, Indianapolis and Quincy.

The Gorillas are averaging 69.2 ppg, while allowing opponents ony 65.5 ppg. The Gorillas are just barely outrebounding opponents, 38.6 to 37.8 rpg. The team has been taking acre of the ball fairly well, turning the ball over just under 14 times a game. Pitt State shoots .412 overall and .294 from three-point range. 

Two Gorillas average double figures. Lizzy Jeronimus leads the team with 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Morgan Westhoff comes off the bench to score 10.5 ppg as the team's top three-point shooter. She hits 45 percent from three-point range  and has made 25 threes on the season. Y'Cedria Devers leads the Gorillas with 10 steals on the year. Kylie Gafford is the team's top shot blocker with 15 on the season.

PSU vs. Lindenwood

Pitt State is a 2-0 all-time against the Lions. The Gorillas earned an 82-65 win over the Lions in St. Charles last season, the team's first year in the MIAA. The only other time the two teams met was Dec. 20, 1997. Pitt State won the game 84-52 in Pittsburg. 

PSU vs. Lincoln

Although LIncoln is a fairly new member of the MIAA, they are no strangers to the Gorillas, as the teams are former conference foes. Pitt State lost its first game ever to the Blue Tigers in the opening round of the 2012 MIAA Tournament, 83-77. Pitt State is 12-0 at home and 11-0 in Jefferson City, while holding a  2-1 record at neutral sites.

The largest margin of victory in the series was 53 points in a 78-35 win in Pittsburg on Dec. 12, 1998. Pittsburg has won games agaisnt Lincoln by at least 10 points in 20 of the 22 meetings.

Pitt State won the game in Pittsburg in 2012 by just five points. The narrow vicotry was the second smallest margin of victory over for the Gorillas against the Blue Tigers.

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