The late game situation mirrored the late game situation in Emporia in January, but this time Cathy Brugman came up big and hit two free throws with just three second left in regulation. Her charity shots tied the game at 71-71 and gave Pitt State the chance to earn an 81-75 win in overtime, after trailing by as many as 18, over the No. 5 team in the country.
Brugman grabbed the rebound on a missed three by Emporia State with 26 seconds left in regulation with the Gorillas trailing 69-71. Pitt State called its final timeout to set the offense. The Gorilla coaches called the same play they ran in the waning seconds at Emporia. Brugman drew the foul and calmly made both of her free throws.
Emporia State got off a shot as time expired, but it bounced off the rim and the game went into overtime, the fourth overtime game of the season for the Gorillas.
Pitt State took its first lead of the game as Lizzy Jeronimus hit a jumper to put the Gorillas up 73-71. Emporia State quickly answered with a Merissa Quick jumper to tie the game again. Two free throws by Kionna Kellog with 2:12 remaining gave Emporia State a 75-73 lead.
Brugman got a layup on the other end and was fouled. She hit her free throw to complete the three-point play and give Pitt State the lead.
That lead would be all the Gorillas needed, as Emporia State did not score again. Pitt State did make five more free throws for the final, 81-75 score.
Pitt State trailed by 18 as Kellog sunk a three for the Lady Hornets with 16:30 to play in the second half. The Gorillas slowly worked their way back into the game, cutting the lead to single digits on a Brugman layup with 12:29 to go.
A 9-2 run helped the Gorillas cut the lead all the way down to three, 62-59, with 7:32 to go. Emporia State answered with a 7-0 run to lead by 10 again, with just 4:51 left in regulation. The Lady Hornets did not score after that until the overtime period.
Brugman lead the Gorillas with 22 points, the second 20-point game of her career. She was 8-for-12 overall, including 3-for-4 from three-point range. She was perfect (3-for-3) from the line.
Antqunita Reed added a career-high 20 points, 13 of those game from the free throw line, including 10 in the first half. She also led the Gorillas in rebounds with 10 for the first double-double of her career.
Jeronimus dealt with foul trouble most of the game. She finished with nine points, all scored in the second half or overtime. She led the team with four assists. Alex Muff added eight points, and Alexa Bordewick, seven. Kylie Gafford came off the bench to contribute seven rebounds.
Emporia State had three players in double figures, led by Laura Patrick with 20. She hit four threes on the game. Kellog and Quick each added 12 points.
Pitt State will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, March 1 with a 1:30 p.m. matchup with Washburn. The Gorillas' three seniors, Alex Muff, Y'Cedria Devers and Alexa Bordewick will be honored after the game.
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