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No. 10 Women's Basketball Travel to Oklahoma

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Press Release PSU:

The Gorillas will play only one game this week, as the team travels to Edmond, Okla. for a Saturday, 1:30 p.m. matchup with the Bronchos.

Scouting Central Oklahoma

Central Oklahoma is 14-8 overall and 7-6 in MIAA play after a 62-47 win over Northeastern State in Edmond on Thursday. The win stalled a five game losing streak for the Bronchos.

As a team, the Bronchos average 66.9 points per game, while holding opponents to 60.2 ppg. The 85 points by the Gorillas last week were the most that had been scored on the Bronchos this season. The team makes .409 of its shots on the season, including .312 from three-point range. The team just barely outrebounds its opponents, 37.6 to 36.9. UCO averages 15.0 turnovers a game and has a 1.0 assist/turnover ratio.

Three Broncho players score just over 10 points per game. Kylie Mayes leads the team with 10.6 ppg. She shoots .481 from the floor. Haley Weathers averages 10.3 ppg. She has only played in half the teams games. Olivia Mason follows with 10.2 ppg and leads the team with 5.0 rebounds per game. She shares the team lead in steals with 28 and is second in assists with 41. Mason leads the team with 40 threes made on the season. Julia Mason is just under double figures with 9.1 ppg.

Scouting Pittsburg State

The No. 10 Gorillas have recorded 20 wins in a season in back-to-back seasons for only the second time in school history and the first time in 22 years. The team is currently third in the MIAA Standings.

The Gorillas have earned three wins over ranked teams this season, Concordia-St. Paul in the first game of the season, Drury, right after Thanksgiving and Washburn. They also earned a win over Central Missouri, who was receiving votes. Two of the team's three losses were to ranked teams, then No. 3 Emporia State and No. 17 Fort Hays State

Pitt State outscores its opponents by 17.3 ppg. The Gorillas average 74.7 ppg. Opponents are allowed only 57.4 ppg. The Gorillas hit 43.9 percent of their shots overall and 32.5 percent from three-point range. The three point percentage has gone up drastically over the last two games, especially with a 10-for-21 performance in the last meeting with Central Oklahoma. The team holds opponents with 36.5 percent shooting overall and 29.2 percent three-point shooting. The Gorillas outrebound opponents by 4.5, 39.0 to 34.5. Pitt State has a 1.0 assist to turnover ratio with 13.0 assists and 12.5 turnovers per game.

A big key to Pitt State's success this season is their depth and the ability for any player to step up on any given night. There is a lot of focus on the Gorillas' three-time All-American Lizzy Jeronimus. She currently leads the team with 19.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. She also leads the team in assists with 55 (2.4 apg). She is the team's leading free throw shooter, having made 140-of-163 (.859) on the season. Jeronimus has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and has scored 20 points or more in 13 games.

Junior Kylie Gafford also scores in double figures with 11.5 points and adds 5.7 rebounds per game. She leads the team in blocks with 39 and steals with 30. Gafford has scored in double figures in 15 of 20 games this season Cathy Brugman is just under double figures with 8.8 ppg. She adds 35 assists, 29 blocks and 11 steals on the season. She, Mikaela Burgess, Morgan Westhoff, Gafford and Jeronimus have each led the team in scoring in games this season. Gafford, Jeronimus, Burgess, Brugman, Elena Flott, Antqunita Reed and Hailey Roderique have each led the team in rebounding. Burgess averages 6.7 points per game. Antqunita Reed gets 6.2 ppg. She missed all the first semester games due to injury.

Morgan Westhoff is the team's leading three-point shooter, having made 40-of-93 threes this season for a .430 shooting percentage. She led the team with 23 points after hitting seven threes in the last meeting with Central Oklahoma. She has scored in double figures in each of the last three games and four of the last five.

Brigit Hesser is third on the team in assists with 45 and has a 1.3 assist to turnover ratio. Herlocker has had two different games this season where she has had six steals and is second on the team with 25 steals. She is also second on the team with 47 assists and has a 2.6 assist/turnover ratio, third best in the MIAA. She made her first start of the season against Washburn. While Hailey Roderique and Paige Lungwitz have not scored a lot for the Gorillas, the make their presence felt on defense. Roderique has 19 steals on the season, while Lungwitz has 13, though much of their contributions aren't seen in a stat sheet.

In addition to Burgess, Elena Flott is another young player that has stepped up and shown promise, playing behind Gafford. She is averaging 3.6 points and 2.8 rebounds while only playing 10.7 minutes a game.

PSU vs. Central Oklahoma

The Gorillas and Bronchos have met 22 times with PSU holding a 14-8 series advantage, though since meeting at least once each year since 2007, the two teams have regularly traded wins. The first meeting between the two teams on November 20, 1982 resulted in the Gorillas' falling by a score of 58-77.

The Gorillas have won each of the four meetings between the two teams, including last week's meeting.

The longest winning streak in the series is PSU's six game streak from 1992-1998. During that time the five of the six Pitt State victories were by 12 or more points. The largest margin of victory in the series was a 83-53 Gorilla win on Nov. 26, 1994 in Joplin, Mo. The Bronchos biggest win was a 90-67 winon Nov. 25, 1989 in Pittsburg.

In the Polls

The Gorillas drop to No. 10 in the WBCA Coaches Poll this week. The previous No. 2 ranking ties the higest ranking ever by a Pitt State squad. The Gorillas were also ranked No. 2 on January 2, 1995, the first poll of the 1994-95 season

Pitt State appeared in the first regular season poll at No. 10. The team moved to No. 8 the next week, then No. 6. Pitt State has been No. 5 in each of the last two polls The Gorillas opened the season ranked No. 24 in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 Preseason Poll.

Four Pitt State opponents were ranked in the top 25 to start the season, No. 3 Drury, No. 7 Emporia State, No. 10 Concordia St. Paul and No. 20 Central Missouri. Three additional opponents were receiving votes, Wingate, Washburn and Truman State.

Currently Fort Hays State State is No. 3, Emporia State, 6, and Drury, 19. Washburn and Missouri Southern are receiving votes.

Up Next

After so muct time on the road, the Gorillas will play four of their final six games at home. Pitt State will face Nebraska-Kearney on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and No. 3 Fort Hays State at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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