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Defense Crucial in 20-Point Win Over Central Oklahoma

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PITTSBURG - The Pitt State women's basketball team held Central Oklahoma to only two points in the last 10 minutes of the game to earn a 72-52 winon Saturday (Feb. 8) afternoon in John Lance Arena.

The Bronchos took a one-point lead, 50-49, on a jumper by Chelsea Robinson with 10:01 to go, but the would be last shot they would make until free throws by Julia Mason at the 1:03 mark. In the mean time, Pitt State put together a 20-point run for a 69-50 lead with 1:20 to go. In that time four different Gorillas scored, including eight points each from Cathy Brugman and Kylie Gafford.

Julia Mason made two free throws, but Brugman added a three, her fifth of the game, to give the Gorillas the  20-point lift and the final 72-52 score. 

Brugman led the Gorillas with a career-high 24 points and seven rebounds. She was 5-of-6 from three-point range, 8-of-13 overall, and 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. Gafford came off the bench to add 10 points for her second double-digit scoring game of the season. She also had five rebounds and three steals. Antqunita Reed also scored in double figures for the Gorillas with 13, her fifth consecutive double digit scoring game. She also had six rebounds.

Lizzy Jeronimus scored only seven points, but recorded a team-high six assists and also added five rebounds. Brigit Hesser was also a big contributor with five assists, three steals, four points and three rebounds.

The Bronchos were hot in the first half, shooting as high as 63 percent late, but PItt State made defensive adjustments and held the visiting team to just 29 percent overall in the second half with no threes. The Bronchos finished shooting .396 (21-53) for the game.

The Gorillas shot .464 (26-56) for the game and .471 (8-17) from three-point range. The Gorillas also outrebounded the Bronchos by three, 36-33, while committing only 11 turnovers.

Pitt State heads out on the road next week for games against Nebraska-Kearney and Fort Hays State. The Gorillas take on the Lopers on Thursday (Feb. 13) at 5:30 p.m. 

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