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Jeronimus, Gorillas Pull Away for 71-68 Win Over Lions

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Joplin -The Pittsburg State University women's basketball team overcame a nine-point second half deficit to defeat Missouri Southern State University Saturday(Feb. 22) at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

The Gorillas posted their 10th consecutive victory to improve to 21-6 overall and 14-3 in the MIAA. Pitt State assured itself a berth straight to Kansas City, Mo., as one of the top four seeds in the upcoming MIAA Postseason Tournament in two weeks. The Lions dropped to 17-7 overall and 11-6 in conference play with the loss.

Lizzy Jeronimus paced the Gorillas' scoring attack with 26 points, including 18 in the second half. Cathy Brugman added 12 points, with nine coming in the first half. She finished 3-of-4 from three-point territory on the night. Antqunita Reed chipped in with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Brigit Hesser narrowly missed double digits recording nine points and four assists. Hesser was perfect (3-of-3) from beyond the arc.

Missouri Southern was led in scoring by Dominique Mosley who finished with 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Nicole Hartzog added 12 points and eight rebounds. Sharese Jones and Shawnee Phillips each added 11. 

The Lions led at the half 38-36 after overcoming a 10-point Gorilla lead with a 16-4 run to close out the first 20 minutes.

 Southern carried the momentum into the early stages of the second half, building up a nine-point lead with 14:30 remaining. Pitt State was able to trim the deficit quickly though and regain a 53-52 advantage after a 3-point basket by Hesser. The Gorillas built up a 10-point advantage 65-55, with just 5:35 remaining.

 The Lions outscored the Gorillas 13-5 to get within two points, 70-68, with 16 seconds remaining. Jeronimus made one of two free throws for the game's final margin.

Pitt State returns home for its final two games of the regular season. The Gorillas will take on Emporia State Wednesday (Feb. 26) at 5:30 p.m. (CST) before facing Washburn Saturday (Mar. 1) for Senior Day at 1:30 p.m. 

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