January 15, 2005
Pittsburg State Edges Past Northwest, 54-52
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Pittsburg State's Kami Scrivner sank a jumper with 5.2 seconds left in the game to push the Gorillas ahead for the win over the Northwest Missouri State women, 54-52. The Bearcats post an 8-9 overall record and have fallen to their last five MIAA opponents (1-5 MIAA). Pittsburg improved its record to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference after two straight wins, including an upset of No. 1 Emporia State earlier this week.
The Gorillas led the first seven and a half minutes of the game and had an advantage of nine points at one time before the 'Cats went on a 14-2 run to gain a 19-16 edge with nine minutes left in the first segment. The Bearcats continued to increase their lead and ended the half with a 28-22 score.
Northwest made 11 of 36 (30.6 percent) shots from the field, four of 10 from behind the arc and both free throw shots in the first half. Pittsburg was successful on 7-25 (28.0 percent) field-goal shots and none of its seven treys while making 8-11 from behind the line.
The 'Cats forced 15 Gorilla turnovers and trapped eight steals compared to only seven Northwest turnovers. Pittsburg out-rebounded Northwest 26 to 20 and blocked six Bearcat shots before the first half ended.
The Gorillas went on a 13-5 run to start the second half giving them a 35-33 edge in the first six minutes. A three-pointer by Kalena Kenney gave the lead back to Northwest and it held on until Megan Ripperton made a trey to give Pitt State a 52-50 edge with 1:30 left in the game. Katie O'Grady's jumper tied the game at 52 with twelve seconds left. The final shot of the contest was Scrivner's jumper giving the Gorillas the two points they needed to seal the win, 54-52. The loss marks Northwest's fourth after being ahead at halftime.
The second half was Pittsburg State's saving grace as it improved its shooting to 34.4 percent (21-61) and kept the rebounding margin in its favor, 49-38. Northwest's field-goal percentage improved to 33.9 percent (21-62) for the game but its percentage from beyond the arc fell to 29.4 percent (5-17) overall.
The 'Cats forced 19 turnovers and grabbed 10 steals from the Gorillas. Pittsburg out-blocked the Bearcats nine to three. Northwest continued its trend of taking advantage of the bench with 28 points by non-starters.
Scrivner scored game-high 20 points and Janelle Klein added 13 for PSU. Northwest's Laura Friederich was the high scorer for the ninth time this season putting up 11 points. Ashely Poptanycz pulled down game-high 12 rebounds.
The Bearcats will continue their home stint with a 5:30 p.m. meeting versus Truman State on Wed., Jan. 19.
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