Women’s Basketball Comes From Behind at Edmond

EDMOND, OK – The Gorilla women trailed most of the game and by as many as eight, but was able to come from behind for a 69-66 win over Central Oklahoma at Hamilton Fieldhouse on Saturday (Feb. 1) afternoon.

Pitt State improves to 15-6 on the season and 8-3 in MIAA. Central Oklahoma falls to 10-9 overall and 5-7 in the league.

Lizzy Jeronimus, who led all scorers with 28 points, was forced to make four free throws in the final 13 seconds of the game to help Pitt State overcome the hot-shooting Bronchos squad. UCO made 11 threes in the game, including seven in the second half, their last with seven seconds on the clock to cut Pitt State’s lead to one.

UCO attempted a final three as time ran out, but the attempt was blocked by Hailey Roderique to secure the Gorilla win.

The Gorillas trailed by eight, 54-46 with 11:50 to go in the game, but went on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 54-54. After trading baskets, the Gorillas held the Bronchos without a shot from the floor from 8:54 to 2:35, allowing them to go up 65-58. Pitt State made its last shot from the floor on a layup by Brigit Hesser with 3:56 to go, but used the Jeronimus free throws for the win.

Jeronimus was 10-for-10 from the charity stripe, while the Gorillas missed only one free throw in the game. While the Bronchos were hot from three, they suffered at the free throw line, making only 9-of-18 on the game. Pitt State also outrebounded teh home team by 11, including eight from Jeronimus as seven from Cathy Brugman.

In addition to Jeronimus’ 28 points, Antqunita Reed also scored in double figures with 10 as she was 5-of-7 from the floor. Brugman added nine and Hesser and Alexa Bordewick each scored seven. Kylie Gafford led the team with three blocked shots. Brugman and Roderique each added two.

Both teams were plagued by turnovers in the first half. Pitt State gave up 16 points on 14 turnovers in the first half alone, when the team had only averaged 13 turnovers a game previously. The team ended the game with a season-high 22 turnovers.

While the Gorillas shot .429 from the floor overall in the first half, the team was 0-for-9 from three point range. The Bronchos hit 50 percent of its shots overall in the first half and went 4-of-7 from long range.

UCO took an early 14-6 lead, but the Gorillas used a 13-2 run to go up 19-16 with just over 10 minutes to play. Pitt State was held scoreless for a little over three minutes, allowing the Bronchos to go up 21-19. From there, the two teams traded baskets several times until the home team used a little run to go up 31-25. Pitt State scored four points in the final two minutes of the half to reduce the lead to 31-29 at the half.

Pitt State will play a rare Tuesday game on February 4 against Southwest Baptist at 5:30 p.m. in John Lance Arena. The game is the makeup game from the game that was postponed due to poor travel conditions before the holidays.