Pitt State will face the MIAA"s two Oklahoma schools this week as the team wraps up a three-game home stand on Wednesday against Northeastern State at 5:30 p.m., the travels to Edmond, Okla. to take on Central Oklahoma on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Scouting Northeastern State Northeastern State is standing even with a 9-9 overall record and is just over .500 in conference play with a 6-5 record against MIAA foes. Thet eam's five conference losses were to Lindenwood, Central Missouri, Missouri Southern, Northwest Missouri and Washburn. The RiverHawks average 60.7 ppg, while opponents average just two fewer at 58.6 ppg. Opponents have a +1.0 rebounding margin over NSU, 37.6 to 36.6 rpg. The RiverHawks shoots at a 38 percent clip, while opponents are just below that at 35.9 percent. The team makes just under six threes a game and averages just over 14 turnovers a game. Fontana Tate is the only NSU player averaging double figures with 11.8 ppg. She is the team's top three-point shooter w ith 35 threes made. She makes 37 percent of her shots from long range. She also leads the team in steals with 19. Che'Ron Lewis is just under double figures at 9.2 ppg and leads the team with 5.7 rpg. Carrington Fox is the second leading rebounder with 5.4 rpg. She hits just over 54 percent of her shots overall and leads the team in blocks with 36 and assists with 29.
Scouting Central Oklahoma Central Oklahoma has a 10-8 overall record and a 5-6 record in MIAA play. The team has lost its last two games, to Wahsburn and Emporia State, both on the r oad. The team has a 6-2 record at home. The Bronchos average 69.1 ppg, just a little less then two points per game more than their opponents at 67.6 ppg. The team pulls down 38.6 rpg to 41.6 rpg for its opponents. UCO shoots .375 overall, including .286 from long range. The team turns the ball over almost 17 times per game Two players average double figures, led by Jill Bryan with 13.4 ppg. Bryan is also one of the top three rebounders on the team with 5.2 rpg. She leads teh team in steals with 31 and is second in assits with 39. Julia Mason adds 11.2 ppg. She is the team's second leading rebounder with 5.9 rpg. Britney Morgan averages 9.0 ppg and is the second leading three-point shooter with 31 threes made and a .344 three-point shooting percentage. he leads the team with 40 assists. Olivia Mason is the Bronchos leading rebounder with 6.9 rpg. She has also added 23 threes on the season and has a team leading .371 three-point shooting percentage. Haley Weathers leads teh team with 31 threes made on the year.
Scouting Pittsburg State Pitt State rebounded from back-to-back losses with back-to-back double-digit home wins last week over Nebraska-Kearney and Fort Hays State. Pitt State pushed for the win over the Lopers and used huge rebounding to earn the win over the bigger Fort Hays State team. Five of the six Gorilla losses were to teams either ranked or receiving votes in the WBCA Coaches Poll. The six losses have been by an average of less than nine points a game. The Gorillas are 7-1 in John Lance Arena and 4-3 on the road. The Gorillas outscore their opponents by 6.1 ppg, 73.4 to 67.3. The team is just barely hanging on to a positive rebounding margin, 38.4 to 37.2 rpg, though that margin grew after the strong rebounding performance against FHSU on Saturday. Pitt State shoots .430 from the floor and .326 from three-point range. The team averages 13 turnovers a game. Lizzy Jeronimus continues to lead the Gorillas and rank among the best in the MIAA with 19.4 points per game. In the three games prior to the Washburn game she had averaged 26.0 ppg. She scored a season-high 31 points against Nebrska-Kearney on Wednesday. Jeronimus also leads the Gorillas with 6.9 rpg, 39 assists and 18 steals. She is second on the team with 16 blocked shots. Alexa Bordewick is second on the team with 7.8 ppg. She is also the second-leading three-point shooter with 28 on the season and is second in assists with 32. She has almost a 2.0 assists/turnover ratio. Morgan Westhoff comes off the bench to add 6.9 ppg as the team's top three-point shooter with 29 threes made this season and a .387 three-point shooting percentage. Cathy Brugman adds 6.8 ppg, but has really stepped up in conference play and averages double figures in league play. Alex Muff is the team's second leading rebounder with 4.9 rpg and leads the team in offensive rebounds on the season. Kylie Gafford is the top shot blocker with 22 blocks this season. Y'Cedria Devers is second on the team in steals with 16.
PSU vs. Northeastern State The series between the RiverHawks and Gorillas is tied at 11 wins a piece. The Gorillas lead the series in Pittsburg 7-4 and at neutral sites, 2-1, but the Riverhawks lead in Tahlequah 6-1. The longest streak of wins in the series was six by the Northeastern from Jan. 4, 1985 to Nov. 25,1988. Pitt State's longest string of wins has been four from Dec. 18, 1991 to Dec. 6, 1996. The most points scored by either team in a game has been 79 twice by Pitt State in a 79-76 win in Pittsburg on Dec. 18, 1993 and a 79-62 win in Bolivar, Mo. on Dec. 6, 1996. The largest margin of victory in the series was 23 (71-48) points by PSU in the Jan. 7, 1984 meeting in Pittsburg. NSU's largest margin of victory has been 22 points on Jan. 10, 1987. The teams have met five times over the last two season. Pitt State has won three of those games. Each of the last three games has been decided by double figures, including both games last season. Each team won on its home court last year.
PSU vs. Central Oklahoma The Gorillas and Bronchos have met 21 times with PSU holding a 13-8 series advantage, though since meeting at least once each year since 2007, the two teams have regularly traded wins. The first meeting between the two teams on November 20, 1982 resulted in the Gorillas' falling by a score of 58-77. In the last seven meetings the two sides have alternated victories with the Gorillass winning the last time the two sides met, a 79-68 decision in Edmond last season. The longest winning streak in the series is PSU's six game streak from 1992-1998. During that time the five of the six Pitt State victories were by 12 or more points. The largest margin of victory in the series was a 83-53 Gorilla win on Nov. 26, 1994 in Joplin, Mo. The Bronchos biggest win was a 90-67 winon Nov. 25, 1989 in Pittsburg.
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