Women defeat UCO by 20 points
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
ctory over Central Oklahoma wasn’t as lopsided as the score indicated.
At least not until the final eight minutes and 58 seconds.
That’s when the Gorillas pulled away for good and avoided a scare from the Bronchos at John Lance Arena on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Playing UCO for the second time in less than a week, the Gorillas (17-6, 10-3 in conference) claimed a spot in the MIAA tournament with a powerful display in which they didn’t allow a single basket from the Bronchos in more than eight minutes.
“That’s about as good as we can do defensively,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “We played four different defenses in that game. We started off playing what we call ‘red’ defense, which means on the ball screen we’re going to soft hedge and then switch everything from the back side.”
Sophomore Cathy Brugman had another career record, scoring 24 points and seven rebounds.
“I think the biggest thing was energy,” Brugman said. “First half, we were kind of sluggish and we weren’t really rotating on defense and we weren’t really playing all together.”
Brugman was five of six from 3-point range and 8-of-13 overall and was perfect from the free-throw line.
“Cathy Brugman is really working herself into an all-conference type player,” Lord said. “She has been outstanding in conference play. It seems like every game, we’re talking about her setting a career high.”
Junior Lizzy Jeronimus was limited to only seven points but recorded a team-high six assists and had five rebounds. She saw limited playing time after picking up four fouls.
“Lizzy got into some foul trouble and we didn’t rotate very well,” Lord said.
For most of the game, the two teams were nose-to-nose with each other and the game looked to come down to the wire.
A jumper by Chelsea Robinson put UCO ahead 50-49 with 10:01 left in the game. But after two free throws by sophomore Kylie Gafford, Pitt State went on a 21-2 run for the remainder of the game.
It turns out PSU didn’t suffer too much with Jeronimus being on the bench more than normal.
“That’s the lowest point output she’s had in her career, but who cares when we won by 20?” Lord said. “She doesn’t care and she made others on her team better and that’s what All-Americans do.”
Gafford finished the game with 10 points for her second double-digit scoring game of the season. She added five rebounds and three steals. Junior Antqunita Reed finished in double figures, scoring 13 and adding six rebounds.
The Gorillas dominated in bench points, 33-6.
PSU shot .464 for the game and was .471 from 3-point range.
Julia Mason went 5-10 on field goals, 2-4 on 3-pointers and 2-4 on free throws to finish with 14 points for the Bronchos (10-11, 5-9).
Jill Bryan and Britney Morgan both put up 11 points.
The game was PSU’s last at home until Wednesday, Feb. 26.