The women’s basketball team travelled to Topeka to take on Washburn on Saturday, Feb. 8 but the Gorillas lost (75-82).
Head coach Amanda Davied thought the team played well against Washburn but couldn’t manage to pull away with the win in the end.
“Well, we started off really well on both sides of the ball,” Davied said. “Offensively and defensively we came out strong and then towards the end of the first quarter we just slipped a little bit and they went on a big run and took the lead. From that, it was hard to get them pulled back down. They were making shots from everywhere and really attacking well. We just didn’t have a strong defensive presence as the game continued to go (on).”
During the game against Washburn, sophomore Tristan Gegg compiled a career high 31 points and made 10 field goals, senior Athena Alvarado scored 21 points total and made eight field goals, sophomore Kaylee DaMitz made nine points and three field goals, and senior Meghan Maher made six points and two field goals. Gegg made four three-point field goals, Maher made two, and DaMitz and junior Maya Williams each made one. Gegg made seven free throws, Alvarado made five, DaMitz made two, and Williams added one. Alvarado made a total of seven rebounds, Gegg made six, and sophomore Sydnee Crain and Williams each made four.
A couple of players stood out to Davied during the game against Washburn.
“… I thought Tristan Gegg and Athena Alvarado really had a good offensive presence for them,” Davied said. “Meghan Maher came out (and) made a couple threes to get us started. Then, (in the) second half, I really thought that Athena (Alvarado) and Tristan Gegg really kept us in the game. Tristan had a, I believe, career high 31 points and just really played outstanding offensively. But as a team, we just have to continue to try to get better at the defense end…”
Davied hopes to see the team defend Pitt State in the upcoming home game against Northwest Missouri.
“We really want to come back to life and really battle hard, really compete every possession, and really just try to make a home stand here,” Davied said. “We have… (one more) game at home and so we want to make sure that we protect our house.”
The Gorillas also faced Missouri Western at home on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The Gorillas pulled away with the win (74-71).
During the game, Gegg made eight field goals, DaMitz made six, Alvarado made five, and Williams made three. DaMitz made three three-point field goals and Gegg, Williams, Maher, redshirt freshman Ashton McCorry, and senior Marina Bauza Rubert each made one apiece. DaMitz made six free throws, Williams made four, Gegg made two, and Alvarado and Crain each made one. Alvarado made six rebounds, Gegg and Williams each made five, Maher made four, and Crain made three.
With only five games left in the regular season, the women’s basketball team sits at an overall record of 13-9.