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Women's Basketball Comes up Just Short in Regional

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Despite trailing by as many as 18, the Pittsburg State women's basketball team put together a 47-point second half and earned a second half lead before falling 83-77 to Wayne State in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional on Friday (March14).

The Gorillas finish the season with a 23-8 record, the second-best in school history.

Junior Antqunita Reed paced the Gorillas with a career-high 24 points. Lizzy Jeronimus added 21. Senior Alex Muff scored 10 points in her final game and sophomore Cathy Brugman chipped in 12, all in the second half. Jeronimus led all players with eight rebounds, while Reed added seven. Jeronimus also added fur assists and two steals. Reed, Brigit Hesser and Brugman each had three assists.

Wayne State's Ashton Yossi led all scorers with 27 points, while Spencer Jordan scored 25. 

The Gorillas shot .469 from the floor overall, including a .543 second half percentage. The Wildcats shot 55 percent, including 50 percent (8-for-16) from three-point range. Wayne State hit six threes in the first half.

The game was tied 7-7 at the first media break. Wayne State went on a 13-0 run to lead 20-7 with 13:13 to go in the first half. Pitt State fought and scraped to get back in the game and a three-point play by Jeronimus cut the Wildcat lead back down to single digits, 35-26, with 4:57 to go. Another 9-0 run by Wayne State gave them their largest lead of the game, 44-26 with 1:50 to go in the half.

A jumper by Reed scored the last points of the half, sending the Gorillas into the lockerroom down 16, 46-30.

The two teams traded baskets at the beginning of the second half with the Wildcats keeping a 17-point lead until a 13-1 run by the Gorillas brought them within five, 60-55, with 12:07 to go. The Gorillas were able to hold Wayne State without a field goal from 14:55 to 11:22. During that time four different Gorillas poured in points. 

Layups by Kylie Gafford sandwiched a layup by Wayne State's Jordan, bringing the Gorillas within three with just under 10 minutes left. Jeronimus added layups about two minutes apart to give Pitt State its first lead of the game, 65-64, with 7:39 remaining, 

Wayne State took the lead back, but Alex Muff hit a free throw to tie the game at 66-66. Yossi added another three, one of only two in the second half for the Wildcats, to put her team in the lead for good. 

A Reed jumper was able to cut the lead back down to to, 76-74, with only 1:24 to play, but that is the closest the Gorillas would come.

Wayne State (28-4) will advance to play Emporia State on Saturday.

Pitt State graduates three seniors, Alexa Bordewick, Y'Cedria Devers and Alex Muff. Bordewick finishes her career ranked third in school history for career threes made and attempted. Devers struggled through injury in her career, but was a great leader for the team, especially defensively. Muff finished her one season with the Gorillas with six double figure scoring games and two double-doubles.

The team's top three scorers Jeronimus, Brugman and Reed will return next season.     

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