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Women's Basketball on Top after Back and Forth Game

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- The Gorilla women's basketball team (9-3, 2-0 MIAA) earned a 80-79 win over Lindenwood in a contest that saw a one-point, half time lead, a 19-point advantage in the second half and a missed free throw in the final seconds.

Lizzy Jeronimus led the Gorillas with 23 points and played the last nine minutes of the game with four fouls. Eighteen of her points came in the second half. Y'Cedria Devers added 14 points, Antqunita Reed, 12, Cathy Brugman 11 and Alexa Bordewick, 10. Reed, Devers and Brugman all set or tied career scoring highs. 

Brugman led the Gorillas with eight rebounds. Devers added two steals and Hadyn Herlocker came off the bench to contribute three assists.

Lindenwood had four players in double figures, led by Marissa Lehnig with 23. Morgan Johnson and Kassify Gengenbacher added 16, while Jenny Rocha scored 13. 

Lindenwood took an early 10-3 lead, but Pitt State came back to tie the game at 12-12. From then on the first half was back and forth ending with a 37-36 Gorilla lead at the half.

Pitt State came out on fire in the second half and did not allow a Lindenwood point until the 17:11 mark, while putting up eight of its own. The Gorillas continued that momentum building to a 19-point lead at 63-44 on a layup by Devers. 

From there, Lindenwood began to mount a comeback. The Gorillas did have a two minute scoring drought that allowed the Lions within nine, but the home team would not stop there as they continued to chip away at the Pitt State lead. Some hot three-point shooting by Morgan Johnson and Kassidy Gengenbacher were big contributors to the comeback. Lindenwood tied the game at 74-74 with 2:17 to go. The Lions never took over the lead, but kept the Gorillas close.
With just under a second left, Hailey Roderique fouled Lehnig with the Gorillas clinging to an 80-78 lead. Lehnig was previously 6-for-6 from the line in the game. She made her first free throw, but missed the second. Brigit Hesser grabbed the rebound and held on to the ball, giving the Gorillas the 80-79 road win.
Pitt State shot 48 percent from the floor in the game, including 52 percent in the second half. The Gorillas missed only one free throw in the game, hitting 18-of-19. Pitt State also rebounded strong in the second half. The Lions had a plus nine rebounding margin over the Gorillas in the first half, but Pitt State finished ahead in that category, 34-33 as the outrebounded the home team 22-12 in the second half.
The Gorillas will play a second road conference game on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Jefferson City, Mo. against Lincoln.

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