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Kaylee DaMitz, sophomore guard, pushes past a defender to find the basket. DaMitz posted 21 points and 8 assists to help the Gorillas win 83-74 against the Lions Saturday, Jan. 25. Hannah Meier

Women’s Basketball defeats MSSU

The women’s basketball team defeated Missouri Southern (MSSU) in a home game on Saturday, Jan. 25 (83-74). 

Head coach Amanda Davied believed the team played well for the most part.  

“I thought we did really well,” David said. “I thought we came out really strong (and) had a great first quarter… Then, (in the) second half, we came out maybe a little asleep but then Tristan Gegg really got us going in the fourth quarter… So, thinking she had a great fourth and as a team we scored quite a few. I think we had six field goals and they were all Tristan Gegg. So, she was pretty awesome. We shot really well from the free throw line. We were 36 for 41 which getting there 41 times is a lot…”  

During the game against MSSU, sophomore Tristan Gegg made nine field goals, sophomore Kaylee DaMitz made five, junior Maya Williams made four, and senior Athena Alvarado made one. Gegg made four three-point field goals and DaMitz added one. DaMitz made 10 free throws, Gegg made five, and Alvarado and sophomore Julia Johnson both made four apiece. Gegg made a total of eight rebounds, Alvarado made six, sophomore Sydnee Crain made five, and Williams added four.  

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

“… Tristan Gegg (stood out to me),” Davied said. “She was just lights out (in the) second half, (she) played awesome, (and) gave us a really good boost in that second half and then Kaylee DaMitz was her normal self. She did a great job attacking the rim and really had a good first half for us.”  

Davied has seen a lot of improvement from the team throughout the season but wants to see them continue to improve and get better.   

“We just want to compete,” Davied said. “We want to compete as hard as we can and we’re gonna have to make shots, we’re gonna have to rebound, do all the same things we’ve been harping on all year and just continue to be solid. Because even as we continue to get better as the year goes, all the competition does too. So, we’ll have to be sharp and play well.”  

The Gorillas also played a game against Roger State on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in Whetzel Court in John Lance Arena. The team won the game (91-73).  

In the game against Roger State, Gegg made eight field goals, DaMitz made five field goals, Crain, Alvarado, and senior Marina Bauza Rubert each had four apiece, and senior Meghan Maher and sophomore Erin Davis each had three. Crain and Gegg each had three three-point field goals and Maher had two. DaMitz made 14 free throws, Maher had three, and Gegg and redshirt freshman Ashton McCorry each had two.  

The next game is against Northeastern State on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Whetzel Court in John Lance Arena. 

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