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Tough Road Battles Ahead for Women's Basketball

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Two tough road games are on the slate for the Gorilla women this week as they travel to take on No. 3 Emporia State and Washburn, typically one of the top team in the MIAA. 

Scouting Emporia State

The Hornets are 16-0 overall and 7-0 in conference play after handing Central Missouri its first conference loss of the season on Saturday at White Auditorium in Emporia. The team is currently in sole possession of first place in the conference. In addition to conference opponents, Emporia State has two common non-conference opponents with the Gorillas, as they also played in the Disney Tipoff Classic to start the season. The Hornets defeated Indianapolis, 76-48, and Concordia, 71-52, both losses for the Gorillas.

The Hornets average 78.4 points per game, compared to just 56.9 for their opponents. The team has a +16 rebounding margin on its opponents, 46.2 to 30.2 rpg. The team shoots at a .445 clip overall and .336 from three-point range. The team commits only 14.1 turnovers per game and dishes out 16.3 assists per game. They also average 5.9 steals and 6.1 blocks per game.

Emporia State has three starters averaging double figures, led by Laura Patrick with 15.3 ppg. She leads the team in assists with 42 and is the top three-point shooter, having made 43-of-107 on the season for a .402 3-point shooting percentage. Merissa Quick adds 11.4 ppg and is the team's second leading rebounder with 7.1 rpg. She also leads the team in blocks with 39. Kionna Kellog is the third leading scorer with 10.8 ppg. She leads the team in steals with 17. Desiree Wylie is the team's leading rebounder, coming off the bench to grab 7.9 rebounds per game.

Scouting Washburn

Washburn is 9-5 overall and 4-3 in MIAA play. The Ichabods are currently tied for sixth in the league standings. The team's three conference losses were at the hands of Missouri Southern, Lindenwood and Central Missouri. 

Washburn averages 78.1 ppg, almost 10 ppg more than its opponents' 68.6 ppg. The team has a +10 rebounding averages 43.1 rpg to 33.1 rpg.  The Ichabods shoot .444 overall and .338 from three-point range. The team averages just 14.0 turnovers per game, while dishing out 16.4 assists per game. 

The Ichabods have four players averaging double figures, and two more just under. Casyn Buchman leads the team with 18.8 ppg. She shoots .505 from the floor overall and has made 23 threes on the season, second-most on the team. She is also second on the team in rebounding with 6.5 rpg. She leads teh team in assists with 58 and steals with 21. Taylor Ignoto is the second-leading scorer with 17.7 ppg, though she has only played in six games with two starts. Kara Lee adds 11.0 ppg, while leading the team in blocks with 12. She hits a team-high .551 from the floor. Brittney Lynch adds 10.4 ppgs while leading the team w ith 8.6 rpg. Janelle Travis is just below double figures at 9.9 ppg and is second in assists with 57. Honor Duvall is also just under 10 points per game with 9.7 ppg.

Scouting Pittsburg State

The Gorillas have settled into a rhythm after the holidays and have won four of their last five games, with their only loss being an 88-86 overtime loss to No. 6 Central Missouri.

The team is 11-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play. The team's losses all came at the hands of teams that were ranked or receiving votes , Concordia-St. Paul, Indianapolis, Quincy and Central Missouri. The Gorillas are currently third in the MIAA standings.

The Gorillas are averaging 73.3 ppg, while allowing opponents ony 66.4 ppg. The Gorillas are just barely outrebounding opponents, 37.3 to 36.1 rpg. The team has been taking care of the ball fairly well, turning the ball over just 13 times a game. Pitt State shoots .437 overall and .312 from three-point range. The Gorillas hit .730 from the free throw line.

Lizzy Jeronimus is the only Gorilla averaging double figures, as she scores 19.1 points  per game. Morgan Westhoff comes off the bench to score 7.9 ppg as the team's top three-point shooter. She hits 40 percent from three-point range and has made 27 threes on the season. Alexa Bordewick averages 7.3 ppg and Antqunita Reed, 7.2 ppg. Y'Cedria Devers leads the Gorillas with 15 steals on the year, while Jeronimus is just behind her with 14. Jeronimus is the team's top rebounder with 7.2 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 30, while Alexa Bordewick is just behind her with 26.

PSU vs. Emporia State

The series between Pitt State and Emporia State has been a very lopsided one, with Emporia leading the series 49-24, though Pitt State has won seven of the last eight meetings, including a sweep of the Lady Hornets in two of the last three regular season series and a win in the NCAA South Central Regional final in 2012. The two teams split meetings last year, with each winning on the other's home court.

Emporia State won five in a row before the Gorillas took a 71-66 victory in PIttsburg on Feb. 17, 2010.

Prior to the current streak, Pitt State had not won back to back games in the series since winning three straight from Feb. 8, 1995 to Jan. 18, 1997. Emporia also won 13 of the first 14 meetings between the two teams. The longest streak of wins in the series was nine games by ESU from Jan. 5, 1998 to Feb. 21, 2001. Pitt State's longest streak of wins is the current streak.

Scores in the series have also been very lopsided toward ESU. The Hornets have won 17 games by 20 or more points, while Pitt State has only won one game by that margin, a 35-point win in Pittsburg on Jan. 7, 2002. The largest win in the series was an 85-point Emporia win on Dec. 11, 1975.

PSU vs. Washburn

Washburn has a decisive 49-25 lead in the all-time series against the Gorillas. Pitt State broke a 16-game losing streak to the Lady Blues with a 94-87 win on Jan. 21, 2009. The Gorillas added another win in the 2009-10, with a 58-57 overtime win in Pittsburg on Jan. 13. Washburn has won six consecutive games over the Gorillas.

Prior to the 2009 win Pitt State had not won a game against Washburn since a 69-57 win on Feb. 10, 2001 in Topeka.         

Washburn leads the series 21-14 in Pittsburg, 25-11 in Topeka and 2-0 at neutral sites. The longest streak of wins in the series is Washburn's 16-game streak from Feb. 23, 2002 to Jan. 14, 2009. Pitt State longest win streak was eight games from Jan. 8, 1997 to Jan. 15, 2000.

The biggest margin of victory in the series was 65 points in a Washburn 101-36 win in the very first meeting on Jan .18, 1975. Pitt State's biggest win was 20 points on Jan. 28, 1978 in a 72-52 victory in Topeka.

Up Next

The Gorillas will finish out Jannuary at home with three consecutive games against Nebraska-Kearney, Fort Hays State and Northeastern State. The team will take on UNK on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m., FHSU on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. and NSU at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

She Shoots, She Scores

Junior Lizzy Jeronimus is one of 17 players in school history to score 1,000 points in her career. She finished her sophomore season with 1,020 points, having scored them in 60 games, second fastest to the 1,000 point mark in school history. Now with 1,307 points, Jeronimus is the ninth leading all-time scorer, just passing Jenny Pracht with 1302 points. She needs 93 points to pass Lisa Cropper and move into eighth place. Cropper scored 1399 points from 1993-96. If Jeronimus keeps up her current scooring average of 19.1 ppg, she will finish the regular season with 1,555 points, which would put her in fifth place. 

Jeronimus has scored in double figures in all but six games in her career and in 47 straight games, dating back to Feb. 25, 2012, her freshman season. She has scored 20 points or more in eight of 15 games this season and in 29 career games.

In addition to the scoring lists, Jeronimus ranks fourth on the list for career free-throws made with 405 and needs to make just 28 more to move to third. Leslie Dudley holds the record for career free throws made with 563.

Westhoff & Bordewick for THREEEEEE

Junior Morgan Westhoff has hit 27 threes this season, including a career-high seven threes against Indianapolis. She is only the third person to make seven or more threes in a game in school history. Kara Kinney made eight threes twice in the 2005-06 season. Pitt State's prolific three-point shooting Jenni Miller hit eight threes in a game three times in her career, nine threes once and a school record 11 threes on Jan. 28, 1995 against Truman. 

Westhoff has made 94 threes in just over two years at Pitt State, averaging just over one a game for her career and ranks fourth on the list for career three-point percentage at .388 (94-for-242). 

Alexa Bordewick is the team's second-leading three-point shooter, having made 18 on the season, including several crucial threes in close games. She has made 148 threes in her career, the third-most in school history.

Another Milestone

Lizzy Jeronimus grabbed her 500th career rebound against Lincoln on Jan. 6. She is one of only 6 players in schoool history to grab more then 500 rebounds and score more than 1,000 points. She currentl has 514 career rebounds and needs  24 more to rank in the top 10 for career rebounds at Pittsburg State. With her current average, Jeronimus is on track to finish the regular season with 603 rebounds, which would place her four on the career list.

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