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Shelby Lopez, senior guard and forward fights her way down the quart towards the basket. As her final regular season home game as a Gorilla, Lopez helped PSU get a 78-61 win over MSSU on Saturday, Feb. 16. Hannah Meier

Women’s Basketball splits games against MSSU

The women’s basketball team at Pitt State played two road matches against Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) Saturday, Feb. 16 and Tuesday, Feb. 19. The Gorillas were able to secure their victory with a final score of 78-61 in the first match but lost on Tuesday 63-77.

According to head coach Amanda Davied, the team played hard in the games against MSSU.

“Well (in) the first game I thought that we played really focused and (we) came out on a mission,” Davied said. “We played really well, offensively. We had a tough time keeping them off the boards and just overall played a really good team game.”

During practice, Davied wants to see continual improvement from the team as far as offense and defense goes.

“Our biggest (goal) is to just continue to get better from the way we played them the first time defensively and try to keep them off the offensive scores,” Davied said. “Offensively we wanted to… have a good shot collection…”

In the game against MSSU, Tuesday, Feb. 19 junior Athena Alvarado compiled a total of nine field goals, sophomore Maya Williams made six, freshman Sydnee Crain scored a total of three, and freshman Kaylee DaMitz scored two. Williams, freshman Tristan Gegg, and junior Meghan Maher each scored two three-point field goals and senior Shelby Lopez scored one. Lopez scored a total of seven free throws, Williams made four, junior Sydney Tracy made and Gegg each made two. Alvarado scored a total of eight rebounds, Williams made five, and DaMitz and Lopez each made four.

During both games, a few players stood out to Davied.

“(In) the first game, Athena Alvarado and Maya Williams both put together good offensive and defensive games,” Davied said. “I believe Kaylee DaMitz had seven assists, so she had a really good outing.”

Davied hopes the team can battle back from the losses this past weekend and secure a win.

“(In the next games, I hope) really that we can regroup from this last night (Tuesday, Feb. 19) that we can regroup for our game Thursday and bounce back,” Davied said. “Play with a little bit of redemption in mind. Just that we can regroup and bounce back, have a strong effort Thursday, and hopefully get the win.”

According to Davied, the team can come back from the loss and finish the season strong.

“I think that we have a good group and they are really strong competitors and so I know that they will bounce back from this and really be focused and like I said regroup and hopefully continue to come together,” Davied said. “We still have a lot to play for, the MIAA is crazy so any game is anybody’s game and I think something that we can learn from tonight is you always have to give it your best effort and be ready to play and finish strong…”

The Gorillas are currently ranked 19-6 and 11-5 in MIAA.

The last two matches of the regular season are against Nebraska-Kearney on Thursday, Feb. 28 and Fort Hays State, Saturday, Feb. 2.

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