The Pitt State women’s basketball team played two games over the weekend. The first game was on Friday, Nov. 8 against Oklahoma Baptist. The Gorillas won that game (96-78). The second game was on Saturday, Nov. 9 against Southwestern Oklahoma but the Gorillas lost that game (83-84).
Head coach Amanda Davied thought the team got off to a slow start against Oklahoma Baptist but was pleased to see them come back from that.
“… (Against) OBU, I thought that we… got caught a little bit on our heels to start but then then team responded really well and adjusted, and we got to playing better defense in the second half,” Davied said.
Southwestern Oklahoma is a “good team” according to Davied and she was proud to see the team fight hard in that game.
“For the Southwestern (Oklahoma) game, them being the number 20 team in the country, I was really proud of our girls’ effort,” Davied said. “We lost by one. Their and amazing team, they’re very well coached, have a lot of respect for them, but I also think there were some things in there that we could’ve controlled that maybe could’ve led to a different outcome.”
In the game against Oklahoma Baptist, senior Athena Alvarado made a total of 14 field goals, sophomore Tristian Gegg had ten, and junior Maya Williams and sophomore Kaylee DaMitz each had four. Gegg made four three-point field goals, DaMitz made two, and senior Meghan Maher had one. Gegg made four free throws, sophomore Sydnee Crain and Alvarado each made three, and Williams made two. Alvarado had a total of 20 rebounds, Williams had six, Gegg had five, and DaMitz had three.
A couple of players stood out to Davied during the games over the course of the weekend.
“… Athena Alvarado actually had 31 points and 20 rebounds, so that’s a pretty outstanding day for her,” David said. “She just really… brought a lot of energy to the game and with it being a home debut, she just really played outstanding and had a great match up that she was against and just really took advantage of it… (I) just couldn’t be more proud of her and her effort that she displayed… The other played in that game that was awesome (was) Tristian Gegg. (She) had a home debut of 28 points and she was really, really good offensively, really played aggressive, and she’s just an outstanding player… She shot the ball really well from the three and just really did a great job overall offensively.”
Davied hopes to see the team continue to improve and play good basketball.
“… For the next game, we’re really gonna have to defend better,” Davied said. “We’ve given up a lot of points these first two games… We’re playing great offensively but we’re gonna have to buckle down on the defensive end and the rebounds and start to take a little more pride on that end of the floor.”
The Gorillas next games are against Central Christian College on Saturday, Nov. 16. That game is a home game which will take place in Whetzel Court of the John Lance Arena at 7 p.m. The next game is Wednesday, Nov. 27 against Tarleton State. That game is another home game which will also be held in the John Lance Arena at 1 p.m.