Freshman Kaylee DaMitz making immediate impact at PSU
Damitz leads the MIAA in assists (5.4 apg)
PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Pittsburg State women’s basketball team has won five-straight games, including their first two MIAA league games.
The Gorillas are 6-1 to start the year and they’re getting some big time contributions from a standout freshman.
Kaylee DaMitz is making a splash her freshman year at Pitt State. Through the first seven games of the season DaMitz is putting up 10.6 PPG, and already leads the league in assists, averaging 5.4 per contest.
“Everybody loves to score points, and that’s not a huge thing to me, but I just want to make everyone around me better,” says DaMitz.
DaMitz dropped a career-high ten dimes en route to taking down 23rd ranked UCO last Saturday.
“You know as points guards — I want to distribute. I want to find the open people whether it’s Meghan, or Shelby, or Tristan whoever is on the wing to knock it down,” adds Damitz.
Head Coach Amanda Davied has been impressed by the freshman’s ability to process the college game quickly, and to be a leader on the floor.
“I think she passed up some shots the other day that she probably could have taken, but knew the better shooter was to her left or right. She just really knows the formula. The fine line when to take it and when to pass it, and I think that’s what makes her so remarkable,” says Davied.
DaMitz is joining good company as the starting point guard for the Gorillas. The single-season assist record has been broken in each of the last two seasons: Hadyn Herlocker in 2017, and Paige Imhoff in 2018. DaMitz says she likes the challenge of filling those sneakers.
“I don’t want the bar to dop at all. I want the expectations to be high. And I want to fulfill those expectations and do just as good as they did,” adds DaMitz.
The first-year player leads the team in minutes as well. She sees 29 minutes a game. With the combination of early success and plenty of playing time, DaMitz may have a shot at breaking the PSU career-assist record. A record that head coach Davied still owns.
“It’s such a selfless stat. And you can’t want to do it too much because, you know, you got to go get your own too. With that all being said I think that there’s a lot of promise for Kaylee to go — after that record,” says Davied.
“I would like to see how many assists I could get because I have great players around me who can knock down all kinds of shots. And I think it’s possible,” adds DaMitz.
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