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  • Pitt State defeats Minnesota-Duluth, 82-75

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  • Pittsburg State defeated Minnesota-Duluth 82-75 Saturday morning in a tournament game at Billy Key Court on the campus of Missouri S&T. Lizzy Jeronimus and Alexa Bordewick combined for 38 points. Jeronimus scored a game-high 20 on 7-for-13 shooting from the floor, 1-1 from 3-point range and 5-8 at the stripe. No. 42 added 10 rebounds for a double-double and had four assists and one blocked shot. Bordewick, who heated up a little bit near the end of the Henderson State game, continued her hot shooting with 6-12 on field goals, 3-6 from 3s and 3-3 at the line. Bordewick added three assists and one steal. Morgan Westhoff, moved into the starting lineup after back-to-back career-high performances against Indianapolis (23) and Henderson State (28), finished with three points and five rebounds. Alex Muff also made her first start, adding two points and five rebounds. The Pitt State bench outscored Henderson State's 45-9 and came back with a 37-22 advantage over Minnesota-Duluth. Brigit Hesser matched her career-high 11 points on Saturday, shooting 3-6 from the floor, including 1-2 from 3, and 4-4 at the line. She added four rebounds and two assists. Cathy Brugman enjoyed her best game of the season with eight points, two boards and two assists. Hailey Roderique had four points, seven rebounds and two assists. Kylie Gafford eight points, two rebounds and two blocks. Antqunita Reed six points, two rebounds and one assist. The Gorillas shot 52.5 percent (32-61) from the floor, 42.9 percent (6-14) from 3-point range and 75.0 percent (12-16) at the line. Minnesota-Duluth's Hannah Rutten led four Bulldogs in double figures with 19 points and Katrina Newman added 12, Danielle Flood 11 and Alyssa Kerkhoff 10. Taylor Dillinger also had nine. The Bulldogs fired up 71 shots, making 27 for a 38.0 field goal percentage. Against the Reddies of Henderson State, the Pitt State defense held the Reddies to 33.3 percent (23-69) from the field and the last two opponents have shot 50-140 (35.7 percent). On the season, Jeronimus leads the Gorillas with 19.6 points and 8.0 rebounds, as well as 2.6 assists per game. Westhoff's scoring average dipped a little bit Saturday but she still ranks second on the Gorillas with 13.8 points per game and she's contributed to the team rebounding average of nearly 40 boards per game with her 3.2 per game. Pitt State improved to 3-2 and the Gorillas return to action Tuesday night against William Jewell, a road doubleheader in Liberty, Mo.
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