The women’s PSU basketball team’s seven game winning streak was broken by the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) Lopers Thursday, Jan. 21 (53-57). The Gorillas did not manage to bounce back and were defeated by the Fort Hays State University (FHSU) Tigers, Saturday, Jan. 23 (73-85).
The Gorillas were in the lead 47-41 with less than eight minutes in the game, but the UNK Lopers closed the gap with a couple of free throws and pulled away to remain undefeated this season.
The FHSU Tigers shot 62.1 percent from the field on Saturday while the Gorillas shot 46.4 percent including 12 three-point field goals.
Head Coach Amanda Davied was proud of the team’s effort.
“I think we battled hard in both games,” Davied said. “We really came close against Nebraska-Kearney who is undefeated (and) ranked number four in the nation and so really tough match up. I thought defensively we played extremely well holding them to 57 and just came out just a little short. (We) needed to make a couple more baskets and that would’ve made the different.”
Against UNK, Tristan Gegg led the team with 18 points. Kaylee DaMitz and Maya Williams added 12 and 10 points, respectively. Against FHSU, Gegg again led the team with 17 points, Williams right behind her with 15. DaMitz had 12 points and Sydnee Crain added 11.
“Kaylee DaMitz (had) another awesome game with seven assist, 12 points so almost… (had) a double double,” Davied said. “…Sydney Crain had a really great game defensively. She really put a lot of pressure on their guards and made some big plays. And of course, Tristan Gegg (was) just really giving us some offensive power. She had 18 points, shot 50 percent from the field, made a couple big threes. So, I’d say those three players probably played some of their best basketball. Dana Johnson came in off the bench and gave us a lift with a couple baskets. We sure did need them since we only scored 53 (against UNK). I’d say that would be the majority of our best plays.”
The women’s team will hit the road this week for match ups against Northeastern State on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Tahlequah, Okla. and Rogers State on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1:30 p.m. in Claremore, Okla.
“Well, we just really want to continue to try to play our best basketball both ends of the floor early,” Davied said. “We couldn’t really get either end to start working first quarter of the game and now we’ve grown and got over that and so we’re playing much better defense. So, we just need to put the two halves together… against two really good teams on the road.”