Men, women fall short

Men currently 3-3 overall

Steven Gomez | reporter

The Gorilla men’s basketball team fell short to West Texas A&M in a hard-fought battle on Saturday, Nov. 30, in Canyon, Texas. The Gorillas entered the game confident from a three-game winning streak.
The Gorillas executed their offense well enough to attain the lead going into halftime. The team shot 42.9 percent from the field and were 6-8 from the free throw line. Junior guard Devon Branch led the way for the Gorillas with 17 points. One main factor that kept West Texas A&M close in the first half were the seven turnovers by the Gorillas. They went in at the half leading 33-27.
“This week in practice we are stressing fundamentals such as making solid jump stops, no one-handed passes, and pivoting correctly,” said Cordray.
The 3-3 Gorillas have been working this week on improving both sides of the ball.
“We have been a very efficient team on offense and on nights when the offense struggles, we have to be better on the defensive end of the floor,” coach Kevin Muff said.
The Gorillas open up conference play as they take on the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats Thursday, Dec. 5, in Maryville. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
“Northwest is a very good team, well-coached and (they) have a balanced attack. They have the best inside game of anyone in the conference and keeping their post players in check along with competing on the glass will be huge for us,” said Muff.

Guard, Ethan Cordray, takes the ball to the rim and scores against Bethany College Fri, Nov 22.

Guard, Ethan Cordray, takes the ball to the rim and scores against Bethany College Fri, Nov 22.

Women currently 5-3 overall

Dakota Smith | reporter

The Pitt State Gorilla women’s basketball team will open MIAA play tonight against the Bearcats of Northwest Missouri State.
The Gorillas played the Bearcats previously this season on Nov. 24 in a non-conference matchup.
Pitt State won 51-44. Junior Lizzy Jeronimus led the Gorillas with a double-double, scoring a game-high 14 points.
PSU then traveled to Quincy (Ill.) on Nov. 27.
The Gorillas led by five with just over six minutes left in the first half and then the Cardinals went on a 15-2 run to close the half and led Pitt State going into the locker room by a score of 35-27.
Junior Lizzy Jeronimus led the Gorillas in scoring with 19 points, and sophomore Kylie Gafford had nine points.
Pitt State will open MIAA play on Thursday, Dec. 5, against its archrival, Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Mo.
“Our focus this week and for the rest of the year is we have got to touch the paint or the post on every possession, and if we do that we will be successful,” coach Lord said.
The Gorillas come into the contest with an overall record of 5-3, while the Bearcats sit at 2-4.
The Bearcats are led in scoring by junior Ariel Easton, who is fifth in the MIAA in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game.

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