On the road again

Trent Johnson | sports reporter

Gorillas stricken by Lady Blues

The Lady Blues finished a three-game setback for women’s basketball last week.
The Gorillas concluded a road trip on Saturday, Feb. 2, with their third straight loss, this time at the hands of Washburn University. The final score was 58-44.
The Gorillas were beaten on rebounds by the Lady Blues, 39-25, and shot for just 30.4 percent from the field.
The Gorillas held a 2-point lead with about 13 minutes left to go in the first half, but the Lady Blues held the Gorillas scoreless for the next seven and a-half minutes. Washburn finished the half on a 20-9 run to obtain a 28-19 lead at halftime. Pittsburg State finished the first half with zero points coming from the fast break, in the paint, or on second chance opportunities.
The Gorilla women would cut the lead to 28-21 in their first offensive possession of the second half on a jump shot by Lauren Brown. That is as close as the Gorillas got for the rest of the game.
Washburn’s lead was cut to nine points on three separate occasions in the second half, but the Lady Blues consistently answered the pressure and never allowed the Gorillas to truly threaten their lead.
Pittsburg State did a better job in the second half of matching the intensity and skill of the Lady Blues’ post players in the second half. They outscored the Lady Blues in the paint, 14-12.
Brown was the top performer for the Gorillas, finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds. Lizzy Jeronimus added 12 points and seven rebounds for Pittsburg State. Laura Kinderknecht led the Lady Blues with 15 points.

Roller coaster ride continues

Washburn vanquished both Gorilla teams on the road Saturday, Feb. 2.
The Pitt State Gorillas fell short against the Washburn Ichabods Saturday, Feb. 2. The final score was 67-51.
Although they hung tough in the early game, turnovers and fouling were the Gorillas’ downfall as three players fouled out late in the game.
Injuries have plagued the Gorillas late this season. Head coach Kevin Muff says they are looking to rebound after losing key starting players in seniors Javon McGee and Courtney Ingram.
“When you lose JaVon and Courtney who are giving us 20 to almost 30 points a game you got to have other players step up,” Muff said. “As their minutes increase, their production needs to increase.”
Muff says that they have the tools to win; it is just a matter of putting it all together.
“We’ve got good enough players to be able to score the ball,” Muff said. “It is just a matter of putting them in position to do it.”
Playing on the road is no easy task, and after six out of the last seven games on the road, Muff is more then ready to return to John Lance Arena this Wednesday.
“It’s been a pretty rough road trip for us,” Muff said. “It’s always good to play in front of your home crowd.”
Despite their recent skid, the Gorillas can still earn a bye in the conference tournament if they hit a win streak for their remaining games this season.
“A lot of things can happen,” Muff said. “Eight games, that’s a lot of games left and we’re going to take it one game at a time.”
Next up for Pitt State is a home game against another MIAA opponent. That is Truman State University. The game will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in John Lance Arena at the Weede Athletic Complex.

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