Post season bound
Jeronimus scores 20 in 62-49 win over Washburn
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
After avenging an earlier season loss to the Emporia State Hornets, the Gorilla women’s basketball team was able to avenge another previous defeat, this time against the Washburn Ichabods.
With a 62-49 victory Saturday, March 1, at John Lance arena on Senior Day, the Gorillas accomplished the feat just in time to close out the regular season.
Junior Lizzy Jeronimus finished with 20 points to lead PSU in scoring, and the Gorillas limited Washburn to 21-second half points.
“We did an outstanding job,” said Lane Lord, head coach. “In the first half, we were switching what we call dribble handoff, we were switching 1-2-3 positions and in the second half, we started 1-2-4 and it really seemed to disrupt their offense.”
Jeronimus became the fifth all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,566 points, and her 596 career rebounds tie her for fourth with Jenny Pracht.
As if that weren’t enough, Jeronimus was perfect from the line with 10 free throws.
“That really helps,” Lord said. “Lizzy’s pretty good from the foul line. Last time we were up at Washburn, she struggled quite a bit. I thought she let the game come to her today.”
It was the last home game for PSU seniors Alex Muff, Y’Cedria Devers and Alexa Bordewick.
“Each year you have a senior class, but this one’s pretty special,” Lord said. “We’ve got Alexa who’s been here for four years. She makes big shots in big games. She’s had a great career for us.”
Bordewick hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored six points, while Devers and Muff added two points apiece.
“Alex Muff’s a great leader for us,” Lord said. “Just plays her heart out. (Devers) will always give us a great effort and she had a big steal at the end for us.”
Sophomore Cathy Brugman finished with 13 points and shot a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to give PSU a 32-28 lead at the break.
Junior Antqunita Reed produced 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Kylie Gafford had two steals and two blocked shots.
Pittsburg State ends the regular season with a 23-6 overall record and a 15-3 record in the MIAA.
The Gorillas will head into this week’s MIAA Tournament with a third seed, behind Central Missouri and Emporia State, and will face Southwest Baptist in tonight’s quarterfinal match-up at 8:15 p.m. in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
The Gorillas are currently on an 11-game winning streak and are thinking beyond the conference tournament as they look to get back to the NCAA Division II Tournament after missing out last year.
“I don’t think we’ve ever thought, ‘Oh, if we lose the win streak,’” Bordewick said. “It would be nice to win the conference tournament, but we’re also in the regional tournament. We’re still excited to be able to move on after that. I don’t think the streak is really what’s important to us right now.”