Pitt State women ride 7-game streak into showdown with undefeated UNK
The Gorillas will host the 10-0 Lopers on Thursday night.
PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pitt State women’s basketball team is one of the hottest in the MIAA right now, posting seven straight wins.
“Winning is fun,” says junior Julia Johnson, “When were losing it wasn’t too fun. We came and put it all together.”
“The biggest key is our defense for now,” says head coach Amanda Davied, “In the last few games we’ve went with a more defensive approach. I think all in all, if we can keep that up we should be fine.”
The Gorillas are getting hot at the right time, with the undefeated Nebraska-Kearney Lopers coming to town on Thursday.
“They’re good, but we are too,” says junior Tristan Gegg, “We’re very, very excited for this matchup.”
“They’re holding teams to less than 60 points the last couple games. 35 and 34. We’re going to have to be really sharp offensively,” Davied adds, “We’re going to have to continue to put together some defense so we can put together stops.”
“We’ve been up there and won the last two years, so I know they’re hungry for one,” Gegg adds, “I feel like we’re hungrier.”
Pitt State is getting a boost from junior guard Tristan Gegg.
Gegg is 5th in the MIAA in scoring – and scored 24 against Washburn Saturday, including 8 of the team’s 11 in overtime.
“In that Washburn game in particular, points were hard to come by,” Davied says, “To have Tristan step up in those moments, in those defining moments when we need her, that’s what you want your players to do.”
“I would say I’m pretty confident. I think our whole team is, to be honest,” Gegg says, “I just know that coach Davied believes in me and my teammates believe in me. When you are confident, it shows. I’ve just been in the gym more and it’s helped a lot.”
Junior forward Julia Johnson has also come on strong, averaging 12 points and 7 boards the last four games.
“I’m way more comfortable,” Johnson says of her recent success, “I have a lot more confidence. It’s fun. Once I gained this confidence I started having fun with the game. I’m just playing and helping the team.”
“Just the process has paid off for her,” Davied says of her junior forward, “She’s made some big plays to help her confidence lately. She’s in the gym a lot, and she’s a self-made player.”
While they hope to make it eight straight Thursday, the Gorillas have found their groove – and found out what they can be.
“I think our glue is really good right now. I think that’s something that we didn’t have before,” Davied finishes, “That takes a lot of kids playing different roles that maybe they didn’t realize that was going to be their role. As we’ve started to win it’s been a lot more fun and people are accepting different roles and stepping up at different times.”
Pitt State will host UNK on Thursday night, before turning around and hosting Fort Hays State on Saturday afternoon.