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Gorillas Make Up Game with SBU, Rematch with UCO This Week

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PRESS RELEASE PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY:

The Gorillas will make up its game versus SBU that was postponed due to weather prior to the holidays on Tuesday (Feb. 4) at 5:30 p.m. The team will then turnaround for a rematch with Central Oklahoma on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Both games will take place in John Lance Arena.

Tuesday night is a Go Red for Heart Disease Awareness game sponsored by Via Christi. All Gorilla fans are encouraged to wear red. Saturday is the annual Pink Game for breast cancer awareness.

 

Scouting Southwest Baptist

Southwest Baptist is 9-9 overall and 4-7 in MIAA play. The teams four conference wins were over Nebraska-Kearney, Northwest Missouri, Lincoln and most recently, Missouri Southern. The Bearcats had a bye this weekend, but on Thursday earned their 83-78 win over Missouri Southern.

The Bearcats average 72.3 ppg, while allowing opponents 70.4 ppg. The team also has a slight rebounding advantage, 39.7 rpg to 37.1 rpg for its opponents. The team averages almost 16 turnovers per game. The team shoots .426 from the floor overall and .335 from long range. 

Two players are averaging double figures. Brooke Duncan leads the team with 14.7 ppg. She is the only player to have started every game for SBU. She is second on the team with 6.2 rebounds per game and has a team-leading 42 threes on the season, as she hits .341 from long range. Jacqui Zelenka scores 13.1 ppg. She is the team's leading rebounder with 8.0 rpg. Dilonna JOhnson leads the team in assists with 88 and scors 8.9 ppg. Mackenzie Skupa hits 43.8 percent of her shots overall and is just under double figures with 9.3 ppg.

 

Scouting Central Oklahoma

Central Oklahoma has a 10-9 overall record and a 5-7 record in MIAA play. The team has lost its last three games, to Wahsburn and Emporia State, both on the r oad, and to the Gorillas in Edmond last weekend.  The team will play Northeastern State Thursday before coming to Pittsburg on Saturday. The Bronchos average 67.9 ppg the same as their opponents. The team pulls down 37.7 rpg to 41.6 rpg for its opponents. UCO shoots .376 overall, including .294 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 5.1 rpg. She leads the team in steals with 31 and is second in assists with 45. Julia Mason adds 10.7 ppg. She is the team's second-leading rebounder with 5.5 rpg. Britney Morgan averages 9.3 ppg and is the third-leading three-point shooter with  26 threes made and a .377 three-point shooting percentage. She leads the team with 47 assists. Olivia Mason is the Bronchos leading rebounder with 6.8 rpg. She has also added 28 threes on the season and has a team leading .373 three-point shooting percentage. Haley Weathers leads teh team with 31 threes made on the year.

 

Scouting Pittsburg State

The Gorillas have now won four straight games, three at home and one on the road. The team will play two home games this week. This week was priginally to be a midweek bye for the Gorillas, but the team had to reschedule its game with SBU from prior to the holiday break. 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 8-1 in John Lance Arena and 5-3 on the road.

The Gorillas outscore their opponents by 6.3 ppg, 72.9 to 66.6. With several strong rebounding games, the Gorillas have been able to stretch their rebounding margin from almost even to almost +2, 38.3 rpg to 36.5 rpg. Pitt State shoots .432 from the floor and .324 from three-point range. The team averages 13 turnovers a game, despite turning in a season-high 22 turnovers against Central Oklahoma on Saturday.

Lizzy Jeronimus continues to lead the Gorillas and rank among the best in the MIAA with 19.9 points per game. She has scored 20 points or more in three of the last four games. Jeronimus also leads the Gorillas with 7.1 rpg, 45 assists and 22 steals. She is second on the team with 18 blocked shots. Alexa Bordewick is second on the team with 7.8 ppg. She is now the team's leading three-point shooter with 30 made threes on the season. She is second on the team in assists with 34 and has almost a 1.6 assists/turnover ratio. Morgan Westhoff comes off the bench to add 6.2 ppg as the team's second-leading three-point shooter with 29 threes made this season and a .377 three-point shooting percentage. Cathy Brugman adds 7.2 ppg, but has really stepped up in conference play and averages 10.2 ppg in league play and is the second-leading three-point shooter on the team in conference games only. Alex Muff is the team's second leading rebounder with 4.7 rpg and leads the team in offensive rebounds on the season. Kylie Gafford is the top shot blocker with 26 blocks this season. Y'Cedria Devers is second on the team in steals with 18 and second in offensive rebounds.

 

PSU vs. Southwest Baptist

Pitt State and SBU have met twice a year since the 1987-88 season until last season. Pitt State has a five-game lead in the series, 29-24, after winning each of the last five games. Each team leads in its home arena, the Gorillas lead 18-10 in Pittsburg, while the Bearcats lead 14-11 in Bolivar. The two teams have never met at a neutral site.

Prior to the 2009-10 season SBU had won four straight over the Gorillas, the longest streak of wins by either tem in the series. The series began with each team winning only on its own court. SBU gave up the first Gorilla victory in Bolivar on Feb. 4, 1992. Pitt State won 10 straight at home before falling, 86-75 on Valentine's Day of 1996.

The largest margin of victory in the series was a 37-point Pitt State win on Jan. 6, 1981, the very first meeting between the two teams. SBU's biggest win was a 82-52 win in Bolivar on Dec. 1, 1987, only the third meeting between the teams. Since then things have been more evenly matched, for the most part. The most points scored in the series was a 101-95 Bearcat win on Jan. 8, 2005 in Bolivar.

 

PSU vs. Central Oklahoma

The Gorillas and Bronchos have met 22 times with PSU holding a 14-8 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 until the last two meetings, once last  year and last Saturday's game. Pitt State won each of the last two meetings. 

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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