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Gorillas Improve to 11 Wins in Final Game of 2014

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Press Release PSU:

The final 66-46 score was a bit decieving, as the No. 5 Pitt State women's basketball team defeated Wingate in the Gorillas final game of 2014.

The Gorillas trailed by three, 31-28, at the half and there were three ties and five lead changes in the game before the Gorillas finally took over the game with 12:53 remaining.

Pitt State earned its first lead of the game on a layup by Elena Flott with 13:03 to go in the first half. The lead volleyed a bit before the Gorillas were able to build up to a seven point lead on a layup by Mikaela Burgess with 7:53 on the clock. A 9-0 run by Wingate was capped by a three by Shelby Tricoli and gave the Bulldogs a 21-19 lead. Pitt State tied the game, but would not regain the lead again in the first half.

Lizzy Jeronimus scored the first points of the second half to cut Wingate's lead to just one. Neither team would score again until a Bulldog basket with 15:15 to go. Back-to-back buckets by Paige Lungwitz and Jeronimus gave Pitt State its first lead of the half, 34-33, with 13:14 to go. Wingate immediately answered, but Jeronimus hit another jumper in the paint to give the Gorillas the lead for good. A 10-0 run by Pitt State secured the lead, 44-35.

A Jeronimus layup with 8:19 remaining, gave PSU its first double digit lead of the game, 46-36. The team's largest lead of the game, 22 points at 66-44, came on a three by Brigit Hesser with just under a minute left.

Jeronimus led the Gorillas with 23 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Hesser added 12 points, including making 3-of-4 threes on the night. Kylie Gafford, Antqunita Reed and Lungwitz each added eight points.

The Gorillas outscored Wingate 38-15 in the second half, 38-15. Pitt State shot 48 percent overall in the second half, while holding the Bulldogs to just 14 percent. PSU made five threes in the second half and seven for the game.

Pitt State will be off until the New Year when they will jump full on into the conference schedule with a 1:30 p.m. game against Lindenwood on Jan. 3 in John Lance Arena. 
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