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Gorilla Women Take No. 6 Jennies to Overtime

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The Pittsburg State women's basketball team (10-4, 3-1 MIAA) took the No. 6 Central Missouri Jennies (12-1, 6-0 MIAA) to overtime, but came up just short in the extra period, losing 88-86, on Thursday (January 9) evening in John Lance Arena.

Pitt State trailed by five, 75-70, with 42 seconds left in regulation. The Gorillas missed a three with 33 seconds left, then fouled the Jennies, Keuna Flax on the other end. Flax had made 13-of-14 free throws to that point, but missed both attempts. Lizzy Jeronimus grabbed the rebound off the second miss and got the ball down court to Brigit Hesser. 

Hesser hit the first of her two free throws to cut the Jennies lead to four with 18 seconds to go. She grabbed her own rebound on the miss of the second free throw. The Gorilla offense worked to create an open three for Cathy Brugman. The sophomore hit the clutch three with just nine seconds to go.

The Gorilla called a timeout off the made basket to discuss the defense on the inbounds pass. Y'Cedria Devers, who finished with two steals on the night, got the steal and was fouled, sending her to the line with a chance to win the game. After a timeout, she missed the first, but hit the second to tie the game at 75-75 with six seconds left. Flax attempted a shot at the buzzer, but missed sending the game into overtime.

The team's exchanged baskets to start the overtime, but a layup by Brugman and a long three by Alexa Bordewick gave the Gorillas a 82-77 lead with 3:33 to go. The Jennies cut the lead to one, but again Brugman was a go-to player for the Gorillas with a layup for an 84-81 lead. Shelby Winkelmann made one of two free throws on the other end, but make on the Pitt State end of the court, Brugman was fouled and made both of her free throws to put Pitt State up by four, 86-82 with 1:25 to go.

Unfortuneately, the would be the last of the Gorilla scoring. Central used a three by Breonna Embray and free throws by Flax and BreAnna Lewis for the last six points of the game and the 88-86 win.

Three Gorillas finished the game in double figures, led by Jeronimus with 25. Alex Muff recorded the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Six of her rebounds were offensive. Cathy Brugman finished the game with 11 points, including six in overtime. Jeronimus added nine rebounds. Devers finished with eight points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Hesser scored only three points, but had four assists and three rebounds. 

Central Missouri's Lewis led all scorers with 26 points. Flax added 25 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Shelby Winkelmann scored 13 points and Revonnia Howard added 12 to round out players in double figures.

The stat sheet was just as even as the score. Pitt State shot .429 from the field, while Central was just slightly better at .435. Central shot 50 percent from long range, while the Gorillas hit just 33 percent from long range. Central The Jennies shot .765 from the free throw line, while the Gorillas were .731, though Central went to the line eight more times than the Gorillas. Rebounding was even, with Central grabbing just one more rebound. 

Pitt State had just 12 turnovers in the game, compared to 14 for the Jennies, but the Jennies were able to captialize more on Gorillas turnovers with 17 points off turnovers to just six for the Gorillas.

Pitt State will play at home again on Saturday, January 11 when the Missouri Western Griffons come into town for a 1:30 p.m. game.

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