The Pitt State women’s basketball team secured a victory against the Emporia State University Hornets in a road match Thursday, Feb. 21. The final score of the game was 82-76.
During this match, the Gorillas were always in the lead and never trailed once.
Head Coach Amanda Davied believes the team played well agaisnt ESU and rebounded well after losing in the previous game agaisnt the Missouri Southern State University Lions.
“I thought our girls came in really focused and (did) a great job of performing (for) the scout after this one day of preparation. I thought we just really came out and competed hard, (which) was very intentional (and) it was our purpose. (They) did a great job.”
Davied was impressed with how well the team played.
“I thought that our players executed our offensive against the zone extremely well. Emporia really bounces in and out of different zones well, they will press you. I just thought our girls really… stayed very composed and to score 80 points against a really veteran team… was really impressive.”
Sophomore Maya Williams scored six field goals, junior Athena Alvarado and freshman Kaylee DaMitz scored four, and senior Shelby Lopez scored three. Lopez, junior Meghan Maher, and freshman Tristan Gegg all scored two three-point field goals and DaMitz added one. DaMitz scored a total of 13 free throws, Williams added eight, Alvarado scored three, and junior Sydney Tracy scored two. Williams made a total of nine rebounds, DaMitz added seven, and Alvarado and Lopez each made five.
Several players stood out to Davied during the game against ESU, including DaMitz who scored a career high 22 points in the match.
“Kaylee DaMitz had an outstanding game. She really had a lot of pressure on her the whole game from Emporia and their guards and as a freshman playing agaisnt two veteran defenders in our league, I thought she was just outstanding. I thought Maya Williams also played extremely well, really crashed the boards well. Her and Kaylee made some really big free throws down the stretch and were just consistent there. Then Shelby Lopez and Megan Maher made some big three’s early in the game and… gave us a 14-point lead early… We were in the lead the whole entire game and I thought that really showed a lot of composure. Sydnee Tracy played with the flu so to have her step up and play through an illness I thought showed a lot about her toughness.”
Davied hopes to see the team continue to play throughout the rest of the season with the same energy they had when playing Emporia.
“I hope that we continue to play with that much focus, intensity, and energy…”
The last two matches of the regular season are agaisnt the University of Nebraska-Kearney Thursday, Feb. 28 in Kearney and Fort Hays State University in Hays Saturday, Mar. 2.
The women’s basketball team is heading into these last two matches with a 20-6 record and 12-5 in the conference.