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Five Gorillas Named to All-MIAA Teams

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Kansas City, MO - The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association released its 2014 All-MIAA Women's Basketball teams on Monday, March 3. Pittsburg State had five players selected to all-conference teams, while head coach Lane Lord has been named the MIAA Coach of the Year.

Junior forward Lizzy Jeronimus was a unanimous selection to the first team, her third selection to the All-MIAA first team. Sophomore forward Cathy Brugman earned third-team honors. Senior Y'Cedria Devers was named to the all-defensive team, while senior Alexa Bordewick and junior Antqunita Reed earned honorable mention honors. It is the first all-conference honor for Brugman, Reed and Devers and the third for Bordewick.

Jeronimus leads the Gorillas with 18.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures in 26 games on the season with 14 20-point games and one 30-point game. She has recorded two double-doubles on the season. She is fifth on the Pitt State career scoring list, fourth on the career rebounding list and 10th for career assists. She is only the second player in school history to rank in the career top 10 for scoring, rebounding and assists.

Brugman is the Gorillas' second-leading scorer and rebounder with 9.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. That average jumps to 12.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in conference action. In MIAA games only, Brugman has shot .522 (82-157) from the floor and .537 (36-67) from three-point range. Thirty-six of the 37 threes she has made on the season have come during conference play. She has scored in double figures in each of the last eight games and 14 of the 19 conference games.

Devers' tenacious defense was recognized as she was named to the MIAA All-Defensive team. Regularly chosen to guard the opposition's top player, the senior guard is one of the top rebounders for the Gorillas, averaging 4.0 rebounds per game. She is second on the team with 20 steals and has also recorded five blocks on the season.

Bordewick is a three-time All-MIAA honorable mention selection. The senior guard averaged 6.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. She has a 1.8 assist to turnover ratio, which is fifth-best in the MIAA. She has scored in double figures seven times this season, including 21 at Washburn. She is a clutch shooter with the ability to make tough shots at crucial points in close games. The is the third, all-time leading three-point shooter in school history.

Reed finished the regular season averaging 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. The athletic guard average goes to 9.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in conference games only. She shoots .493 (72-146) in MIAA action only. She has scored in double figures in 14 games, including nine of the last 10. She scored a career-high 20 points in the overtime win over No. 5 Emporia State on Feb. 26.

Lord has a 127-74 record in his seventh season at the helm of the Gorilla program. This season he guided the Gorillas to a 23-6 regular season record and a 16-3 mark in MIAA play. The team finished the regular season on a 12-game win streak and a third-place finish in the MIAA, tied for the best conference finish in his tenure. This marks the third MIAA Coach of the Year honor for Lord, who also earned the honor in 2009 and 2012.

The Gorillas will open the 2014 MIAA Tournament at historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. on Thursday, March 6 at 8:30 p.m. against either Washburn or Southwest Baptist. Tickets are still available at the PSU Ticket Office until the end of the day Wednesday.

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