Jeronimus powers PSU to 83-73 OT win
Michael Bauer | sports editor
Junior Lizzy Jeronimus wasn’t going to mess up. Not after missing a game-winning shot at the end of regulation from the inside and with the Gorillas facing a potential upset against the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers.
As it turns out; forcing the Gorilla women’s basketball team into overtime was the best the Lopers could do.
After losing control of possession in the final minute of regulation and then missing an inside shot, Jeronimus scored 11 of her 31 total points in overtime as the Gorillas quickly overcame the Lopers in overtime 83-73 at John Lance Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 22, improving their overall record to 12-6 and 5-3 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
Jeronimus scored on PSU’s first three possessions in overtime and the Gorillas didn’t look back. A 3-pointer by junior Alexa Bordewick and a steal-turned layup by Jeronimus put the game out of reach.
The victory did not come easy for the Gorillas, who were eager to end a two game losing skid.
“We knew that every game will be tough and we were going up against a tough Nebraska-Kearney team,” Jeronimus said. “We just needed confidence and we needed a win and we got it.”
“How many times did Michael Jordan or Larry Bird miss shots during a game but made them when they mattered the most?” asked Lane Lord, head coach, during his post game interview. “Lizzy is like that. She wants the ball and she wants the last shot. For her to miss it then come back and hit them in overtime was great.”
Jeronimus went 10 of 23 on field goals while going 11 of 13 from the free throw line.
“We had a great crowd and we knew they had our backs,” Jeronimus said.
But Jeronimus wasn’t the only PSU player to have a big night.
For the fifth time in the last seven games, sophomore Cathy Brugman scored her highest number of points in a single game. She finished with 17 points, going 6-8 on field goals and 3-5 from the line and sinking two 3-pointers.
“[I owe it] to my teammates and coaches having confidence in me,” Brugman said. “I’ve just been helping my team in any way that I can.”
The Lopers took a slight advantage over the Gorillas, finding their way to a 5-point lead after a basket by Amarah Williams.
“Kearney played with spirit,” Lord said.
The Gorillas wouldn’t have any of it, going on a 5-0 run to crack the deficit.
“This was a big game and we got to a point where we wouldn’t lose tonight and our defense started to crack down and blocking shots,” Brugman said.
Junior Brigit Hesser scored her first basket of the night from beyond the arc and the Gorillas were soon ahead by four.
With UNK leading by three in the final two minutes, Hesser and Jeronimus added a field goal and a free throw, respectively, to tie the game.
The Gorillas will continue to stay at home through this weekend as they face the Fort Hays State Tigers. The game will tip off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.