Dominating the court
Women win third straight game
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
In the last two weeks the Northeastern State Riverhawks have pulled off upsets over number two-ranked Emporia State and Fort Hays State.
The Gorillas, on the other hand, weren’t about to be the next victims.
Playing at John Lance Arena, the Pittsburg State women’s basketball team wrapped up its third-straight home game with a victory, 68-53, improving itsrecord to 14-6 and 6-3 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
Junior Lizzy Jeronimus finished with 21 points to lead the Gorillas while sophomore Cathy Brugman finished with 14 points.
“Coach put a lot of trust in me,” Brugman said. “We’re just playing well as a team. It’s been a couple big games for us but we came through. That’s been a big goal for us.”
The Gorillas ended the night shooting 40.3 percent and going 38.9 percent on 3-pointers and were 11-14 from the free-throw line.
Four PSU players got on the score sheet, including Brugman scoring the first 3-pointer of the night, giving the Gorillas a 9-6 lead. Kate Bellamy’s 3-pointer from the right side tied the game at 11 before junior Hailey Roderique put PSU in front with her first basket of the night. Roderique finished with six points.
“I thought it was a great team effort,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “I thought Roderique had her best game. I’m just really proud of our group.”
Courtney Cowan then scored from beyond the arc for the fourth combined 3-pointer of the night in the first 11 minutes of the game.
Junior Antiqunita Reed came off the bench early to score seven first half points to help PSU to a 25-21 lead.
“I was just able to bring the energy for us,” Reed said. “I have to help out in any way.”
With 3:48 left in the first half, Brugman hit an-open three, before the Riverhawks used a 4-2 run to close out the first-half, including a lay-up by Chelsey Beathard.
Beathard had nine points in the first half and finished the night with 14 points to lead the Riverhawks.
Brugman hit her third three of the night to start the second half.
“(Cathy’s) continued to play well,” Lord said. “She’s been outstanding and does a good job on defense. She gets better and better.”
But the Riverhawks wouldn’t go away. Beathard and Che’ron Lewis brought the Riverhawks to within five. Lewis had a dominating second half, scoring eight to finish with 12.
Kate Bellamy’s lay-up made it 41-37 with 15:00 left in the game.
After a quiet first half, Jeronimus came to life with two inside jumpers in the first nine minutes of the second half. Seveteen of her total points came in the second to move her up to eighth on the all-time leading PSU scorers.
The Riverhawks shot 42.3 percent and were 41.7 percent on free throws and 4-7 from the line.
“One thing that was key was getting key possession,” Lord said. “Every possession they had went until the end of the shot clock.”
Reed’s insider helped PSU extended their lead to eight.
Roderique scored off her third 3-pointer, followed by a Jeronimus lay-up, and that gave the Gorillas their largest lead of the game at 59-46 with 7:19.
A lay-up by Lewis was NSU’s first basket in over four minutes as the Gorillas used a 12-2 run to take an undeniable 14-point lead with 3:26 remaining.
Pitt State’s next game will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Central Oklahoma.