Team chemistry, hot shooting lead Pitt State to solid start

Pitt State is shooting 45% from the floor, 2nd-best in the MIAA.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg State Gorillas will hit the floor on Wednesday night for an MIAA contest against the Lincoln Blue Tigers.

On the women’s side, Pitt State is 7-2 overall and aiming for their third consecutive win. The Gorillas are 3-1 so far in MIAA play.

Part of the reason for their solid start is the team’s ability to shoot. The Gorillas are shooting 45% from the field this season, which is the 2nd-best mark in the MIAA. They’re also shooting 35% from deep, including an MIAA-best 47% from senior Erin Davis.

“Everybody is very open-minded and ready to go, and I think at the end of the day everybody wants to win,” says senior guard Sydnee Crain, “If Erin is hot, then that’s who we need to get the ball to. If Tristan is hot, then that’s who we need to get the ball to.”

“The way we’re sharing the basketball has a lot to do with it,” says head coach Amanda Davied, “I think we’re sharing it on time and when people are in rhythm. I think we have good recognition. I say that, but we could always be better. I think the main part is that we’re just finding people in their right rhythm and in their right roles. Drivers are being drivers the majority of the time, and shooters are being shooters the majority of the time.”

Team chemistry has also played a big part of Pitt State’s early success.

“I think our bond this year is one of the best bonds I’ve had since I’ve been here with a lot of my teammates,” Crain adds, “I think we have fun, but we’re also pretty serious and we compete every single day.”

“I feel extremely blessed this year. I really do. I feel really excited for this group,” Davied says, “I’m a little emotional about it, because I just feel a lot of trust with them. I trust them and they trust me. I think it’s very evident that they play for each other.”

Pitt State hosts Lincoln Wednesday night, with the women’s game beginning at 5:30 PM and the men’s game beginning at roughly 7:30 PM.