Megan Brownell photojournalist
While students went home over Thanksgiving break, both the mens and womens basketball teams stayed in Pittsburg and took two non-conference wins. The men’s team first took on the Harris-Stowe State University Hornets on Tuesday Nov 22. They took the win 80-75. The women’s team then took on the University of Saint Mary Spires on Wednesday Nov 23, and won their game 95-63.
“I think the game went very well, even though we were up by quite a few points Harris Stowe came back and made it a good game,” said junior guard Marque English. “I think our team took a step forward in finishing the game.”
For the men’s team, they started off great against the Hornets, being up 50-32 at halftime. The Hornets battled back and tried to put up a comeback in the second half, but Pitt still was able to pull out the win despite being out scored 43-30 in the second half.
“We started off pretty good against Harris Stowe but in the second half we kind of let them get back into the game and didn’t play to the best of our ability,” said junior guard Jeramy Shaw.
With this, a few players were able to get some good stats on the board. Junior guard Albert McBride finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, and junior guard Magic Reliford had a great 23 points, with 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
“I feel like I played alright, but I could have been more aggressive,” Shaw said.
For the women’s team, they played great against the Spires, always holding the lead at the end of each quarter. They ended the first quarter up 26-18. They continued playing well, scoring 22-18 in the second quarter to hold the lead 48-36 at the half. They continued this in the second half, scoring 28-16 in the third quarter and 19-11 in the fourth quarter. These big quarters helped them take the win by 32 points.
“Just like against Lincoln, we came out pretty slow in the first half but our third quarter went very well,” said sophomore guard Grace Pyle.
The women’s team was also able to put up some great stats during their game. Sophomore guard Jenna Shipley finished with 20 points, five rebounds, and two assists, Pyle finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, fifth year guard Tristan Gegg had 13 points, one rebound, and two assists, and sophomore forward Karenna Gerber finished with a double-double of 23 points, 10 rebounds, as well as two assists.
The mens team is currently 3-3 and the women’s team being 5-1. They both will continue some home games with doubleheaders this week on Wednesday and Saturday with the womens at 5:30 p.m. with the mens following at about 7:30 p.m. at John Lance Arena.
“I feel good going into these games, we’ve been practicing hard everyday and we have been focusing on the other teams and what the other team is going to do and I feel like we are pretty confident going into the next couple games,” Shaw said.