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Lady Gorillas toss up victories against Lincoln and UCM

This past week, the women’s basketball team traveled to both Jefferson City Missouri to take on Lincoln University on Sat. Feb. 5, and then to Warrensburg Missouri to take on the University of Central Missouri on Mon. Feb. 7, after the game was rescheduled due to the snow. The gorillas were successful with Lincoln winning 75-55, but dropped a big one to Central Missouri 54-74.

Against Lincoln, the Gorillas started off hot outscoring the Blue Tigers in the first quarter majorly, 21-6. They were able to keep up the energy and went into the locker room at halftime holding a 41-21 lead. They continued playing strong to hold on to the win with a 20-point difference. 

“I feel that this game went really well… we played really well together and everything was clicking for us,” said freshman guard Sydney Holmes.

Holmes herself achieved her second double-double of the season, where she scored double digits in two areas of points, rebounds, and assists. She finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds.

“Scoring my second double-double was great, I feel like I was really able to contribute to my team well and in multiple ways,” said Holmes.

As well as Holmes, many players were able to as well get great points on the board. Senior guard Sydnee Crain finished with 11 points, one rebound, and four assists, senior guard Erin Davis had 10 points, two rebounds, and three assists, senior guard Tristan Gegg got 15 points with three rebounds, and freshman forward Karenna Gerber finished with seven points and 10 rebounds.

After taking a win against the Blue Tigers, the Lady Gorillas went into Warrensburg looking for another win but they came up short. The Jennies came out of the game strong, sending PSU into the locker room at halftime down 24-39. The Gorillas fought in the start of the second halftime ready for a comeback bid, outscoring the Jennies by almost double, 21-12, but Central Missouri held off the Gorillas in the fourth quarter to take the win.

“Even though we lost hard, I feel that we still played hard and were much more aggressive, but unfortunately we did not come out on top, still falling short in some areas,” said Holmes.

Despite the loss, some Gorillas were able to score in the double digits still fighting hard for a win. Crain again finished great with 10 points and three assists, Davis with 10 points and two rebounds, and Gegg with 13 points, three rebounds, and one assist.

“With this tough schedule ahead, I really think it will help prepare us for the MIAA tournament, and if we continue playing our best basketball I think we can really make a deep run,” said Holmes.

The Gorillas will be hosting Missouri Western University at John Lance Arena on Sat. Feb. 12 at 1:30 pm to try and take back a winning streak. 

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