The women’s basketball team played a game against Lincoln on Saturday, Jan. 18 in Jefferson City, Missouri and the Gorillas brought home a win (84-63).
The women’s basketball team had a total of eight games over the course of winter break, with one game cancelled. On Thursday, Dec. 19 the women’s team lost to Tampa (55-75). They bounced back with a win against Florida Tech on Friday, Dec. 20 (78-62). They continued their win streak on Tuesday, Dec. 31 against Tabor College (78-40) and then again on Saturday, Jan. 4 against Nebraska- Kearney (88-74). The lost the next game against Fort Hays State on Monday, Jan. 6 (74-75). They came back with a win against Neman on Thursday, Jan. 9 (81-69). They lost the next two games against Central Missouri on Saturday, Jan. 11 (86-88) and against Central Missouri on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (50-72).
Head coach Amanda Davied believes that the team played better against Lincoln than they did against Central Missouri.
“I thought that we bounced back from a loss really well,” Davied said. “We were pretty focused, and we had a lot of players come in and do their part and definitely contribute.”
In the game against Lincoln, senior Marina Bauza Rubert had 12 points, senior Meghan Maher had 17, freshman Ashton McCorry had 14, and sophomore Kaylee DaMitz had 13. Bauza Rubert had six field goals, Maher had five, and McCorry and DaMitz each had four. Maher had five three-point field goals, McCorry had two, and DaMitz and sophomore Tristan Gegg each had one. Gegg made a total of 10 free throws, McCorry and DaMitz each had four, and Maher added two. McCorry had a total of 11 rebounds, sophomore Julia Johnson had eight, Bauza Rubert had six, and DaMitz had five.
A couple of players stood out to Davied during the game against Lincoln.
“Ashton McCorry had a great game that day,” Davied said. “She had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Meghan Maher shot nearly perfect from the field so that’s awesome for her. The girls were really proud of her on the three-point line and she was able to knock them down.”
The Gorillas will once again face Missouri Southern on Saturday, Jan. 25 at home. They have faced Missouri Southern already this season on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in Joplin and they were able to win (68-49) so Davied hopes to see the team win at home this time around.
“Well…, we played Missouri Southern earlier at their place and so we’re really hoping to be able to build off of that and guard them even better and come out with the win,” Davied said.
Davied just hopes to see the team continue to improve and recover from injuries sustained over break.
“…We were pretty banged up over break actually with some injuries and so we’re hoping to get back to healthy and really have a great home stand here at these next three games,” Davied said. “But nothing necessarily over the break.”