Pitt State edges out NSU down the stretch, 84-82

Maya Williams comes in cultch with 3-point play for the Gorillas to win it
Pitt State edges out NSU, 84-82

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Senior forward Maya Williams scored five unanswered points in the game’s final 43 seconds to help propel the Pittsburg State University women’s basketball team to an 84-82 victory over Northeastern State University Saturday (Dec. 5) at John Lance Arena/Whetzel Court.

Williams, who poured in 19 points in the contest, made two free throws with 43 seconds left to turn an 82-79 deficit into a one-point game, 82-81. After NSU’s Brittney Ho was called for a traveling violation with 23 ticks remaining, the Gorillas worked the ball into Williams, who banked in a guarded jumper over the RiverHawks’ Isabella Regalado with 7.4 ticks left. Williams was fouled on the play and completed the three-point play.

NSU’s Shae Sanchez had a chance to send the game to overtime, but her driving shot just ahead of the buzzer rimmed out and the Gorillas pulled out the two-point win.

Pitt State (2-3, 2-3 MIAA) struggled out of the gate in the contest as NSU (2-3, 2-3 MIAA) rushed out to an early 13-2 lead. The Gorillas battled back to lead by as many as five points, 43-38, with 1:59 to play in the second quarter, but the RiverHawks closed out the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 45-43 lead to the break.

Kaylee DaMitz scored a team-leading 20 points for the Gorillas, while Williams added 19 points and a game high nine rebounds. Tristan Gegg chipped in with 13 points while Julia Johnson nearly posted a double double with 10 points and eight rebounds. Pitt State shot 50-8 percent from the field as a team (31-61) and the Gorillas converted 18 of 19 free throw attempts.

Sanchez led all scorers with 27 points for the RiverHawks, while Cenia Hayes added 22 points for NSU.

The Gorillas will travel to Jefferson City, Mo., next Thursday (Dec. 10) to battle MIAA rival Lincoln University in their next action.