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Gorilla Women Prepped for Final Road Games of Regular Season

Gorilla Women Prepped for Final Road Games of Regular Season

Press Release PSU 

The Gorillas will close out their four-game road swing this week with a 5:30 p.m. game on Wednesday at Northeastern State and a 1 p.m. matchup with rical Missouri Southern in Joplin on Saturday. 

Scouting Northeastern State

The RiverHawks have gone 1-2 since their last meeting with the Gorillas for a 10-12 overall record and a 7-8 record in league play. Since its last loss to the Gorillas, Northeastern State earned a win over UCO and lost to No. 7 Emporia State at Emporia, 61-80, and a 52-56 overtime loss to Washburn in Tahlequah. The team is currently seventh in the MIAA standings.

The RiverHawks and their opponents each average 60.0 ppg. Opponents have a +2.6 rebounding margin over NSU, 36.1 to 38.7 rpg. The RiverHawks shoot at a 38 percent clip, while opponents are just below that at 36.2 percent. The team makes just under six threes a game and averages just under 14 turnovers a game.

Fontana Tate is the only NSU player averaging double figures with 11.4 ppg. She is the team's top three-point shooter with 43 threes made. She makes 36 percent of her shots from long range. She also leads the team in steals with 21. Che'Ron Lewis is just under double figures at 8.8 ppg and leads the team with 5.7 rpg. Chelsey Beathard is also just under double figures with 9.3 ppg. Carrington Fox is the second leading rebounder with 5.2 rpg. She hits  just over 54 percent of her shots overall and leads the team in blocks with 49 and assists with 39.

Scouting Missouri Southern

The Lions have a 16-6 overall record and a 10-5 record in conference play. Missouri Southern is currently fourth in the conference standings and have sealed a spot in the MIAA Tournament. The team's conference losses were to Emporia State, Central Oklahoma, Southwest Baptist and Central Missouri (2x).

The Lions average 73.1 ppg, while holding their opponents to 66.1 ppg. The team also wins the rebound battle by almost three rebounds per game, 36.3 to 33.4. Missouri Southern makes 46 percent of its shots overall and 32 percent from long range. The team averages just over 17 turnovers per game. 

Four Missouri Southern players average double figures. Dominique Mosley leads the team with 15.1 ppg and 7.0 rebounds per game. Sharese Jones is second in both scoring and rebounds with 14.2 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Shonte Clay adds 12.0 ppg, while Nicole Hartzog scores 10.8 ppg. Alexis Fitzpatrick leads the team in steal with 55 and is second in assists with 82. Samantha Soyez leads the team in assists with 84. Fitzpatrick is also the team's top three-point shooter, with 28 threes made on the season.

Scouting Pittsburg State

The Gorillas have now won eight straight games, the longest win streak of the season. Five of those wins have come in the friendly confines of John Lance Arena. The team is currently third in the MIAA standings behind only Emporia State and Central Missouri who are tied for first. Each of the top three teams along with Missouri Southern, Washburn and Fort Hays State have secured a spot in the MIAA Tournament, though only Empora State and Central Missouri have ensured a spot in Kansas City. 

The Gorillas have a tough road ahead to secure their spot in Kansas City as four of their last six games are on the road. Pitt State won the first two of those four games, over Nebraksa-Kearney and Fort Hays State, last week. This week will again be a challenge, though getting to play closer to home, Tahlequah has traditionally been a great home court advantage for the RiverHawks and the rivalry between Missouri Southern and the Gorillas always makes for an exciting and tight game.

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 10-1 in John Lance Arena and 7-3 on the road.

The Gorillas outscore their opponents by 7.5 ppg, 72.5 to 65.0. Rebounding stays close between Pitt State and its opponents, 38.3 to 37.2 at +1.1 margin for the Gorillas. Pitt State shoots .431 from the floor and .322 from three-point range. The team averages under 13 turnovers a game.

Lizzy Jeronimus continues to lead the Gorillas and ranks among the best in the MIAA with 19.2 points per game. Jeronimus also leads the Gorillas with 6.7 rpg, 60 assists and 23 steals. She is second on the team with 24 blocked shots. 

Cathy Brugman has been on fire in conference play. After scoring in double figures in five of the last seven games, and nine points each in the other two, Brugman is now the team's second-leading scorer with 8.5 ppg. She posted a career-high 24 points against Central Oklahoma on Feb. 8. She is shooting a team-high .497 overall and .424 (25-for-59) from three-point range.

Alexa Bordewick adds 7.2 ppg. She is one of two players on the team that have made 30 or more threes on the season. She is second on the team in assists with 41 and has almost a 1.8 assists/turnover ratio. Antqunita Reed scores 7.5 ppg and has really gotten more comfortable on the court as of late. The athletic junior has scored in double figures off the bench in each of the last four games.

Morgan Westhoff comes off the bench to add 5.9 ppg as the team's leading three-point shooter with 33 threes made this season. Alex Muff is the team's second leading rebounder with 4.4 rpg and leads the team in offensive rebounds on the season. Kylie Gafford is the top shot blocker with 36 blocks this season and shas 18 steals on the year. Y'Cedria Devers is second in steals with 19. Point guard Brigit Hesser has been crucial off the bench for the Gorillas, especially with her passing, as she has 37 assists on the season and a 1.6 assists/turnover ratio.

PSU vs. Northeastern State

Pitt State hold a one-game advantage  in the series with Northeastern State after the 15-point, 68-53 win in Pittsburg on Jan. 29. 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. Missouri Southern

Pitt State leads the series with Missouri Southern 43-40 after winning five of the last six meetings, including a split between the two teams last season. MIssouri Southern won the last meeting between the two teams. 

Each team leads at its home venue, with Pitt State leading 25-16 in Pittsburg and Missouri Southern leading 23-17 in Joplin. The teams are tied 1-1 at neutral sites. Pitt State has won six of the last 10 meetings. Missouri Southern opened the series, which began on Dec. 13, 1974, with an eight game win streak. PSU did not earn its first win in the series until a one-point victory on Dec. 6, 1978 in Pittsburg.

The Gorillas did earn the longest win streak in the series, winning 10 straight from Jan. 28, 1998 to Feb. 13, 2002. The streak ended when Missouri Southern earned a 69-65 win over Pitt State in the MIAA Tournament on Feb. 25, 2002.

The largest margin of victory by either team in the series was a 87-44 (43 points) win by Missouri Southern on Feb. 15, 2006. Pitt State's biggest win was a 35-point (80-45) win on Feb. 16, 2000.
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