WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Nothing came easy for the Pittsburg State women’s basketball team on Sunday against William Jewell, but the Gorillas got the job done, winning 62-42 in the second game of the Central Missouri Classic.
A low-scoring affair went in favor of the Gorillas, who extended a seven-point lead at the end of the third quarter to a 20-point lead by outscoring the Cardinals 17-4 in the fourth.
Both teams were going back and forth to begin the contest, as the lead changed hands seven times in the opening quarter.
Shelby Lopez got the Gorillas going with a 3-pointer in the opening minute of the contest, but a 6-2 run by the Cardinals gave them a 6-5 advantage with halfway through the first quarter.
Lopez knocked down another 3-pointer at the five-minute mark to swing the lead back in favor of the Gorillas, before William Jewell regained the lead at 12-10 with back-to-back buckets.
A layup by Madison Northcutt and a pair of free throws by Paige Imhoff put Pitt State back on top, but a 3-pointer by the Cardinals gave them a 15-14 lead.
The Gorillas went on to end the quarter with a 20-17 advantage after outscoring Jewell 6-2 in the closing minute of the first.
PSU’s 6-2 run was highlighted by a 3-pointer from Lopez and included two points by Imhoff and a free throw by Northcutt.
Neither team was able to gain much offensive momentum in the second quarter, as 15 points were scored between both teams.
The Cardinals regained the lead with four consecutive points in the first half of the second quarter.
Pitt State got back on track with a layup by Imhoff and went on to take a 29-23 lead into the locker room at halftime on the strength of an 11-2 run.
The Gorillas increased their lead to 41-29 halfway through the third quarter — with help from seven points by Burgess — but a 9-2 run by the Cardinals cut the deficit to 43-38 with a minute remaining.
A 3-pointer by Maya Williams and another by Lopez kickstarted the Gorillas offense to start the fourth quarter, as they went on to seal the win by outscoring the Cardinals 17-4 in the final 10 minutes of regulation to seal the win.
The Gorillas will be in Denver to take on Regis at 6 p.m. on Friday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.