Exhibitions end in defeat for both teams
Dakota Smith | reporter
Michael Bauer | Sports Editor
The Gorilla women’s basketball team started its season on Sunday, Oct. 27, with an exhibition game against Division 1 No. 16 ranked University of Nebraska.
The game was not an expected one for the Gorillas, who were defeated by the Huskers 98-47. Though it was not a win, the Gorillas took away knowledge of areas to improve on before their next game.
Pitt State was led in scoring by junior Antiqunita Reed with 12 points. Junior Lizzy Jeronimus followed her with 11. Reed and Jeronimus were the only Gorillas to hit double figures in scoring.
Sophomore Kylie Gafford led PSU in rebounds with nine.
The regular season will kick off at the Disney Tipoff Classic in Anaheim, Calif., on Nov. 8 through 10. The Gorillas will take on the Yellow Jackets of Montana State-Billings on Friday, Nov. 8. Saturday, Nov. 9, will see Pitt State play Concordia University-St. Paul. The Gorillas’ final game will be Sunday, Nov. 10, against the Greyhounds of the University of Indianapolis.
Pitt State’s first home game will be on Thursday, Nov. 14, against Henderson State.
KU 97, PSU 57
Even though it was an expected result, junior Devon Branch made his presence known on the PSU basketball team by putting up 27 points in the Gorillas’ 97-57 exhibition loss to the Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Branch, a transfer from the Division I level at Oregon University, was nine of 22 on inside shots and nine of 12 from the free-throw line.
The Gorillas managed to keep the game close in the first half and only trailed by single digit points for most of the half and managed to come within one-point. But that all changed later as the Jayhawks went on a scoring run of 20-10 in the final seven minutes before halftime to take a 50-32 halftime lead.
From there, the Jayhawks controlled the rest of the game.
Kansas was led by highly touted freshman Andrew Wiggins who was making his debut for the Jayhawks. He scored 16 points and was five of 13 inside the perimeter and six of eight on the free throw line.
Junior Alex Williams was also making his PSU debut after transferring from the JUCO level at Cloud County Community College. He scored 15 points and was six of 10 inside the arc and made one outside shot.
Freshman Josiah Gustafson put up seven points after shooting one of six inside and one of three from the outside. He was nearly perfect from the line, shooting four of five free throws.
Perry Ellis, along with Wiggins, led four Jayhawks who recorded double-digits with 16 points apiece.
The Jayhawks were 35 of 65 (.53) from the field. They made six of 18 from beyond the arc.
The Gorillas shot 31.5 percent from the field and were 15.4 percent on outside shooting. PSU shot 70 percent from the line.
Pittsburg State will stay on the road for the first week of the season with a matchup against defending co-Big 12 Conference champions Kansas State for an 8 p.m. tipoff time at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan.