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Josie Fortney, junior guard, dribbles the ball towards the basket. Gorillas took a loss against Tarleton State 83-76 and a win against Missouri Southern 68-49. Hannah Meier

Women’s Basketball defeated by Tarleton State, rebounds against Missouri Southern

The women’s basketball team played a game against Tarleton State before Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The Gorillas lost that game (76-83). After the break, the team played a game against Missouri Southern on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and won that game (68-49).  

With the outcome of the game against Tarleton State, it was clear to Head coach Amanda Davied that the team needed to work on rebounding and a few other things.  

“Well, Tarleton’s a really good basketball team and they scored it well,” Davied said. “Basically, it came down to just a couple possessions here and there…” 

In the game against Missouri Sothern, Davied was pleased to see the team improve their rebounding and make some improvements in some other areas as well.  

“Well, we came out with the win, so I feel like we played well in some parts that we had been wanting to get better at, specifically rebounding and defense,” Davied said. 

Davied hopes to see the team continue to improve in those aspects.   

“We’re going to continue to try to get better at those two things (rebounding and defense),” Davied said. “It’s something that we put a lot of focus into, so we’ll just continue to try to get better at that.”  

In the game against Tarleton State, senior Athena Alvarado had nine field goals, sophomore Tristan Gegg had eight, and junior Maya Williams, and senior Megan Maher each had three. Gegg made four three-point field goals and Maher made three. Alvarado made five free throws, Williams had four, sophomore Kaylee DaMitz had three, and Gegg had two. Alvarado had six total rebounds, DaMitz had five, Maher had four, and Williams had three. 

In the game against Missouri Southern, DaMitz had seven field goals, Alvarado had five, Williams had four, and Gegg had three. Gegg had two three-point field goals and Williams and sophomore Erin Davis each had one. Alvarado, DaMitz, and Gegg each had four free throws apiece and sophomore Sydnee Crain had two. Williams had 14 rebounds, Alvarado had 12, and Gegg and redshirt freshman Ashton McCorry each had seven. 

A couple of players stood out to Davied during the game against Missouri Southern.   

“So, Maya Williams had… 14 rebounds and 11 points and so that’s really good for 23 minutes of play,” Davied said. “We had really been stressing rebounds and then Athena Alvarado also came in on that with 12 rebounds and 14 points. So, that’s all really great. Kaylee DaMitz got herself going on offense and had 18 points, not as many assists as she usually has but we really needed to score. So, I thought she did a great job of finding that balance.”  

Rebounding and defense are important aspects of basketball and Davied just hopes to see the team continue to work on that. The next game is against Missouri Valley College on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. in the Whetzel Court of John Lance Arena. After that, the Gorillas will head to Melbourne, Florida to compete in the Florida Tech Holiday Classic. 

“(I hope to see the team) … continuing to rebound and play defense,” Davied said. “… (So, that is) what we’ll need to do to pull off the win.”

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