The women’s basketball team played a game against Northeastern State on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Gorillas won the game 86-56.
Head coach Amanda Davied believes the team played well and saw many things during the game that the team did well.
“I thought the team did great,” Davied said. “We really had a great stand at home with our defense and that was a big emphasis for us. We wanted to put a complete game together defensively and I thought the girls did an excellent job in their preparation… and I thought, offensively, we were in a rhythm and found each other. We had quite a few assists and really shared the ball extremely well.”
Davied hopes to see the team continue to work hard and improve in the next game and throughout the rest of the season.
“We’re just (going to) try to continue to build on the defensive presence and continue to be consistent with that…,” Davied said. “At the next game, we just really need to be able to continue to score and… be patient.”
In the game against Northeastern State, senior Athena Alvarado had nine field goas, sophomore Tristan Gegg had seven field goals, sophomore Kaylee DaMitz had six field goals, and senior Meghan Maher had four field goals. DaMitz, Maher, and senior Marina Bauza Rubert all had two three-point field goals each and redshirt freshman Ashton McCorry added one three-point field goal. McCorry made three free throws and Alvarado, Gegg, and sophomore Sydnee all made two free throws apiece. Alvarado had a total of 14 rebounds, McCorry and Crain each added four rebounds, and DaMitz had three rebounds.
Alvarado stood out to Davied during the game.
“Athena Alvarado was outstanding…,” Davied said. “She had an outstanding game, just great effort and energy and just was everywhere on the court. (I) thought she just really did an outstanding job.”
Davied hopes the team will continue to play their best and compete hard.
“We just want to compete as hard as we can, every possession, every play…,” Davied said. “When (we) do that, we have a lot of energy and we really move well… Beyond that, we just want to really continue to have our offensive game follow our defensive… Really play hard and move the basketball and hopefully this is a time of the year where we’re playing our best basketball.”
The Gorillas win against Northeastern State brings their overall season record to 13-8.
The team was originally scheduled to played Emporia State on Wednesday, Feb. 5 but the game was postponed until the next day due to weather conditions. The Gorilla’s next game is against Washburn on Saturday, Feb. 8 in Topeka.