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Gafford named MIAA Women's Basketball Player of the Week

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Pittsburg State senior Kylie Gafford has been named the MIAA Women's Basketball Player  of the Week for the second time this season. This also marks the fourth week in a row a PSU Women's Basketball athlete has received this honor. 

Gafford, a 6-2 senior from Overland Park, Kan., led the Gorillas with 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in the team's two wins this week over No. 5 Fort Hays State and Nebraska-Kearney. Gafford scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots in the No. 23 Gorillas' upset of No. 5 Fort Hays State on Thursday. She followed that performance with a career-high 27 points and eight rebounds against the Lopers in her final home game. She went 10-for-15 from the floor and was 7-for-8 from the free throw line. She also had three steals and two assists. 

Gafford is nearing two big career milestones. She has 180 blocks in her career and needs just eight more to set a new school record for career blocks, besting the record of 187 set by Larissa Richards from 2008-12. She has scored 972 career points and is just 28 from becoming the 18th player in school history to score 1000 points or more.

She also earned MIAA Player of the Week honors on Feb. 1 after averaging 20.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in wins over then No. 6 Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri. Prior to that Cathy Brugman was the MIAA Player of the Week and Mikaela Burgess also earned the honor last week.

The Gorillas will finish out the 2015-16 season on the road. Wednesday the team travels to Warrensburg to take on Central Missouri at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Saturday match-up at Southwest Baptist at 1:30 p.m.

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