Pittsburg State looks to extend its five-game win streak this week, though it will meet up with tough MIAA opponents, No. 6 Central Missouri and Missouri Western.
The Gorillas and Bearcats have settled on a date to make up their games that was postponed before Christmas. The two teams will face off at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4.
Scouting Central Missouri
The Jennies are 11-1 overall and 5-0 in MIAA play. The team's one loss was to Harding on Nov. 29 at Harding, 96-67. Thet eam won its first five games of the season before the loss and has won six games, five of them conference games, since.
The Jennies average 80.0 points per game, while holding opponents to 66.0 ppg. The Jennies outrebound their opponents by just under eight rebounds a game, 43.5 to 35.7 rpg. UCM shoots .453 overall as a team and .321 from three-point range. it makes 70 percent of its charity shots.
Three Jennies score in double figures, led by Keuna Flax, the MIAA's leading scorer, with 21.1 ppgs. Shleby Winkelmann adds 12.3 ppg, while BreAnna Lewis scores 11.9. Revonnia Howard is just under double figures with 9.6 ppg and leads the team with 8.4 rpg. Flax is the second leading rebounder with 7.9 rpg. Flax Also leads teh team in steals with 20, while Howard leads in blocks with 19. Winkelmann leads the team in assists with 29. Lewis is the team's top three-point shooter with 21 threes made on the season. Quinnecia Twine is the top three-point shooter by percentage, making 19-of-49 threes on the season for a .396 shooting percentage.
Scouting Missouri Western
MIssouri Western is 5-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play. The team's one conference win was over Nebraska-Kearney, 55-46, on Monday evening in St. Joseph, Mo. The team won its first four games of the season before losing six straight.
Missouri Western averages 63.5 points per game, while allowing opponents 59.5 ppg. The team just barely rebounds opponents, 40.5 to 38.1 rpg. The team averages almost 18 assists per game, but grabs almost 10 steals per game. The team hits .384 of its shots overall, including .278 from long range. The team is shooting only .578 from the charity stripe.
Sharniece Lewis leads the Griffons with 9.6 ppg. Quenisha Lockett adds 7.7 ppg, while Tiara Hall is just behind with 7.1 ppg. Hall is the top rebounder with 7.0 rebounds per game. Lockett adds 5.9 rpg. Lanicia Lewis leads the team w ith 38 assists. Kyrsten Crawford leads with 14 steals. . Lewis is the top three-point shooter with 21 threes made on the season.
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 has helped the Gorillas settle into a groove and build some success as the team has won each of its last five games, including the first three of the New Year.
The team is 10-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play. 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 72.2 ppg, while allowing opponents ony 64.5 ppg. The Gorillas are just barely outrebounding opponents, 37.9 to 36.2 rpg. The team has been taking care of the ball fairly well, turning the ball over just over 13 times a game. Pitt State shoots .435 overall and .301 from three-point range. The Gorillas hit .733 from the free throw line.
Lizzy Jeronimus is the only Gorilla averaging double figures, as she scores 18.2 points per game. Morgan Westhoff comes off the bench to score 8.8 ppg as the team's top three-point shooter. She hits 41 percent from three-point range and has made 26 threes on the season. Y'Cedria Devers leads the Gorillas with 13 steals on the year, while Jeronimus is just behind her with 12. Jeronimus is the team's top rebounder with 7.3 rpg. Kylie Gafford is the team's top shot blocker with 15 on the season, though Jeronimus is just two behind her with 13. Jeronimus leads the team in assists with 29, while Alexa Bordewick is just behind her with 23.
PSU vs. Central Missouri
Central Missouri leads the series between the two teams, 26-21. Each team leads on its home court, with Pitt State holding an 14-7 advantage in Pittsburg and UCM leading 19-5 in Warrensburg. Neutral meetings are tied at one game a piece.
For the first time since the 2006-07 season, the two teams did not split the regular season series in 2011-12. Pitt State won all three meetings between the two teams, including a win in the NCAA Regional Tournament in Topeka. That is the longest streak of wins by the Gorillas.
The largest margin of victory by either team was a 25-point UCM win (78-53) on Jan. 3, 2000 in Pittsburg. The largest PSU win was 17 points, three different times, Jan. 12, 1998 (70-53), Jan. 13, 1999 (71- 54) and Jan. 23, 1999 (65-48).
Central Missouri had a streak of five consecutive wins two times, from Jan. 3, 2000 to Feb. 28, 2001 and Dec. 30, 2004 to Dec. 9, 2006.
The Jennies won last season's meeting in Warrensburg. Each of the last three meetings between the two teams have only been decided by an average of four points.
PSU vs. Missouri Western
Pitt State and Missouri Western have met almost regularly twice a year since the 1976-77 season. Missouri Western leads the overall series 50-21, including a 19-15 record in Pittsburg, a 28-6 mark in St. Joseph and a 3-0 record a neutral sites. The Griffosn won both meetings last season, including a MIAA Tournament first round game in PIttsburg on March 5.
The longest run of wins between the two teams was a seven-win streak by the Griffons from March 3, 2005 to Jan. 23, 2008. Pitt State broke the streak by winning a 73-65 decision on Feb. 13, 2008. Pitt State's longest streak of wins was four from that win on Feb. 13, 2008 to Dec. 12, 2009. The Griffons broke the streak when they won the game in St. Joseph on Jan. 23, 2009.
The largest margin of victory in the series was a 29-point win (94-65) by the Griffons on Feb. 23, 1985 in St. Joseph. Pitt State's biggest win was last season's first meetin, an 82-57 victory in Pittsburg on November 30. The most points scored by a team in the series was 101 by the Gorillas in a 101-82 win on Jan. 24, 1996 in Pittsburg.
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