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No. 3 Lady Hornets Hold Off Gorillas Upset Bid, 80-78

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Cathy Brugman missed two free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining as third-ranked and unbeaten Emporia State University held off Pittsburg State University upset bid, 80-78, Wednesday (Jan. 15).
 
Brugman hit a 3-pointer with 12.7 seconds to play in regulation to knot the score at 78-78 to help the Gorillas (11-5, 4-2 MIAA) rally from a six-point deficit against the Lady Hornets (17-0, 8-0 MIAA) with 41 seconds to play in the contest.
 
ESU's Rheanna Egli raced to the basket and drew a foul on Pitt State's Morgan Westhoff with 7.3 seconds remaining, and she made both charity shots to give the Lady Hornets the 80-78 edge.
 
Lizzy Jeronimus led all scorers with 27 points in the contest, making 11 of 20 shots from the field and five of six free throws. Alex Muff added a double-double with 11 points and 10, while Y'cedria Devers chipped in with 10 points for the Gorillas.
 
Egli paced a balanced Lady Hornet offensive attack with 16 points. Merissa Quick added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Desiree Wylie had 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Laura Patrick added 12 points and Kelly Moten finished with 10.
 
The Lady Hornets led by as many as nine points with 12:10 to play after a back-and-forth first 20 minutes of play.
 
The Gorillas battled back to pull within a point, at 68-67, on Devers' inside basket with 3:26 to play in the contest.
 
ESU countered with a 3-pointer by Haley Parker to move back in front 71-67 at the 3:08 mark and following a pair of Pitt State misses on the other end, the Lady Hornets stretched the margin to six, 73-67, on Wylie's layup with 2:21 to go.
 
The Gorillas converted 26 of 60 shots in the contest (.433) and 22 of 28 free throws (.786), while the Lady Hornets made 28 of 62 shots (.452) and 20 of 32 charity shots (.625). ESU owned a 43-33 edge in rebounding, including an 18-13 margin on the offensive glass.
 
Pitt State will return to action Saturday (Jan. 18) when the Gorillas travel to Topeka to face Washburn University in a 5 p.m. (CST) contest at Lee Arena.  

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