Pitt State women set to host Tarleton State Wednesday

Gorillas enter contest 2-2 on the year

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The Pittsburg State University women’s basketball team will return to the friendly confines of John Lance Arena/Whetzel Court Wednesday (Nov. 27) as the Gorillas play host to Tarleton State University. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. (CST).

The Records
Pitt State is 2-2 on the young season. The Gorillas split a pair of games in their most recent action. Pitt State dropped an 83-78 road decision to Lindenwood University on Nov. 13, before bouncing back with a 96-51 home win over Central Christian College on Nov. 16.

The Gorillas opened the season by hosting the MIAA/GAC Conference Challenge Nov. 8-9. Pitt State defeated Oklahoma Baptist Univeristy, 96-78, in the season opener before falling the next day, 84-83, to No. 20 ranked Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Tarleton State is 4-1 on the season. The Texans opened the season 4-0 before dropping a 63-55 decision in the Lone Star Conference opener against Texas Woman’s University last Saturday (Nov. 23).

Head Coach Amanda Davied
Amanda Davied
is in her second year as head coach at Pittsburg State after being hired to the position on May 21, 2018.

She has a 23-11 (.676) record leading her alma mater.

Davied guided her alma mater to a berth in the 2018-19 NCAA Division II National Tournament in her debut season, becoming the first Pitt State head coach in program history to enjoy a 20-win season in year one of their tenure.

Davied, who served the previous 14 seasons as the assistant coach for her alma mater, replaced her former mentor, Lane Lord, who accepted the head coach position at NCAA Division I member University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

As the Gorillas top assistant the previous 14 years, Davied served as the team’s recruiting coordinator and was highly involved in all aspects of the administration of the women’s basketball program.

During her tenure on the Pitt State staff (2004-present), the Gorillas have compiled a 306-171 overall record (.642), capturing an MIAA regular season title in 2017 and making six trips to the NCAA Division II National Tournament (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019) including a pair of Elite Eight appearances (2012, 2016).

Davied began her coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Gorilla women’s basketball program in the 2003-04 season, after completing a decorated playing career for Pitt State the previous season. She was hired as a full-time assistant in July 2004 by former head coach Steve High and remained to serve as the top assistant on Lord’s staff when he took over the program in April 2007.

Series History
Wednesday’s action will be fourth all-time meeting between Pitt State and Tarleton. The Gorillas hold a 2-1 advantage in the series. The two squads last met on Nov. 12, 2011, with Pitt State taking a 76-64 neutral court win at San Antonio, Texas.

PSU at Home
Pitt State has posted a 107-25 (.811) record at John Lance Arena/Whetzel Court the past 10 seasons, including a 2-1 mark this year. The Gorillas are 67-14 (.827) at home since the start of the 2014 campaign.

Pitt State’s Last Action
Lindenwood overcame a nine-point deficit with 7:31 to play in the game to rally for an 83-78 victory over Pitt State on Nov. 13 at St. Charles, Mo.

Katie Bildner posted game highs of 35 points and 14 rebounds to help the Lions post the win in their season-opening action. Bildner made 13 of 16 shots from the floor and nine of nine free throws while playing all 40 minutes in the contest. Julia Ruzevich added 18 points while Hennessey Handy added 14 points for LWU.

Tristan Gegg scored a team-leading 24 points for the Gorillas. Maya Williams posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Athena Alvarado (15) and Kaylee DaMitz (13) also scored in double figures for Pitt State.

Meghan Maher and Maya Williams scored 20 points apiece to help lead Pitt State to a 96-51 victory over Central Christian College on Nov. 16 at John Lance Arena/Whetzel Court.

Williams posted a double double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. She made seven of 10 shots from the floor including a pair of 3-pointers. Maher poured in six 3-pointers in the contest.

Tristan Gegg chipped in with 19 points for the Gorillas, while Kaylee DaMitz added nine points, seven assists and three steals. Julia Johnson finished with five points and a team-leading 13 rebounds.

Pitt State shot 39.3 percent from the field in the game (33-84), but the Gorillas benefited from 24 offensive rebounds. Pitt State also converted 18 of 24 free throws in a game slowed by 59 combined fouls and 64 combined free throw attempts.

Scouting the Gorillas
Pitt State has four players averaging in double figures on the young season: sophomore guard Tristan Gegg (24.8 ppg), junior guard Maya Williams (16.8 ppg), senior forward Athena Alvarado (15.5 ppg), and sophomore guard Kaylee DaMitz (11.0 ppg).

Gegg scored a career high 28 points on back-to-back nights against OBU and SWOSU to open the season. The Altamont, Kan., native is shooting 55.4 percent from the field on the season (36-65) including 44.4 percent from 3-point range (12-27). She also is averaging 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game to date.

Gegg averaged 8.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game during her freshman campaign in 2018-19. She knocked down 40 of 107 3-point field goal attempts on the year (.374).

Gegg has scored 340 points in 34 career games for the Gorillas (10.0 ppg).

Williams is averaging 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game to date. The Carthage, Mo., native is shooting 59.5 percent from the field (25-42).

She has posted double doubles in each of the Gorillas last two outings, including a 20-point, 11-rebound effort the last time out vs. Central Christian College.

Williams averaged a team-leading 11.9 points as well as 6.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2018-19. She earned third-team All-MIAA honors last year.

Williams shot 43.0 percent from the field (119-277) and made 21 3-point field goals on the year. She also shot 76.0 percent from the free throw line, making 98 of 129 charity shots.

Williams has scored 505 points (8.3 ppg) and grabbed 250 rebounds (4.1 rpg) in 61 career games for the Gorillas.

Alvarado is averaging 15.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game to date.

She was named the MIAA Player of the Week on Nov. 12 for her efforts in the Gorillas’ season opening action when she averaged 19.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game in Pitt State’s first two games of the year.

The Wichita, Kan., native enjoyed a monster season debut with career highs of 31 points and 20 rebounds in the Gorillas’ 96-78 win over Oklahoma Baptist.

She battled foul trouble in the Gorillas’ last second loss to No. 20 SWOSU. Alvarado scored the go-ahead basket with 4.4 seconds remaining in the contest only to see the Lady Bulldogs win the game on a pair of free throws two seconds later. She finished the game with eight points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

For the season, Alvarado is shooting 57.4 percent from the field (27-47).

Alvarado contributed 10.6 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game last year, earning honorable mention All-MIAA honors. She shot a team-leading 56.3 percent from the field a year ago, making 129 of 229 attempts. Alvarado also paced the team with 60 offensive rebounds and she blocked 40 shots on the season.

Alvarado has scored 753 points (8.1 ppg), grabbed 417 rebounds (4.5 rpg) and posted 109 blocked shots (1.2 bpg) in 93 career games for the Gorillas. Her 109 blocked shots rank fourth in school history.

DaMitz is contributing 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. The Skyline, Mo., native is shooting 57.1 percent (4-7) from 3-point range.

DaMitz earned MIAA Freshman of the Year honors in her rookie campaign for the Gorillas last year. The Skyline, Mo., native averaged 8.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while also earning honorable mention All-MIAA recognition. She ranked second in the MIAA in assists last year.

Maher is averaging 7.5 points per game following a 20-point outburst the last time out vs. Central Christian College. The Raymore, Mo., native averaged 5.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game for the Gorillas last year. She converted 42 of 101 3-point field goals (.416) on the season.

Maher has scored 494 points (5.7 ppg) and grabbed 119 rebounds (1.4 rpg) in 87 career games.

Among Pitt State’s reserves, senior forward Marina Bauza Rubert is scoring 4.3 points per game, while sophomore guard Sydnee Crain is averaging 3.3 points per game to date. Junior center Julia Johnson also is chipping in with 2.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Crain, from Girard, Kan., contributed 3.4 points and 1.4 assists per game in 12.9 minutes of action in 2018-19.

Pitt State Probable Starters
F 15 Athena Alvarado, 6-0, Sr., Wichita, Kan.
F 35 Meghan Maher, 6-0, Sr., Raymore, Mo.
G 1 Maya Williams, 5-9, Jr., Carthage, Mo.
G 2 Kaylee DaMitz, 5-4, So., Preston, Mo.
G 10 Tristan Gegg, 5-7, So., Altamont, Kan.

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