PITTSBURG — It was a historic day inside John Lance Arena on Saturday, as Mikaela Burgess moved into the top-25 all time in NCAA women’s DII basketball for most career 3-pointers made with 316.
Burgess cracked the top 25 after hitting seven shots from behind the arc in the 90-80 win for the Pittsburg State women’s basketball team over Southwest Baptist.
The Gorilla men followed it up with an 84-78 win in dramatic fashion.
BURGESS ENTERS ELITE GROUP IN WIN
Burgess’ 26 points with seven 3-pointers led the Gorillas to a ten-point victory over a red-hot Bearcats team.
Southwest Baptist was clicking on cylinders in the early going, hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter en route to posting 21 points in the opening 10 minutes, but couldn’t keep it going in the second half.
“I feel like we’re just playing with confidence,” Burgess said. “We have girls who are really finding their roles late and that’s just really where we want to be at this point in the season.
The Gorillas fell behind by six in the opening minutes of the contest, but rallied with a 14-5 run to end the first quarter holding a 28-25 lead.
The run was highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Shelby Lopez and Brenlee McPherson.
Pitt State began to pull away late in the second quarter by out scoring the Bearcats 7-0 in the final three minutes of the first half on the strength of four points by Athena Alvarado.
The Gorillas went on to out score SWB 14-6 in the first five minutes of the second half — with help from six points from Alvarado — to take a 64-50 advantage.
After hitting five 3-pointers in the first half, the Bearcats couldn’t keep pace in the second half, going 0-8 from deep in the fourth quarter and 23.8% from the field.
Burgess led the way offensively for the Gorillas with a team-high 26 points in the win.
Alvarado and McPherson came in close behind with 15 and 14 points respectively.
LOZOYA ICES GAME FOR GORILLAS
Grant Lozoya’s shot from well behind the arc with 30 seconds remaining sealed the win for the Pitt State men’s team.
The 3-pointer was apart of 12 consecutive points for Lozoya in the final two minutes of the contest to help the Gorillas pull away for the win.
“Scoring those points was big time for me,” Lozoya said. “I was on the bench with foul trouble, but when I came back out, I was ready to go. My teammates trusted me with the shot, so I hit it.”
Pitt State held the lead for a majority of the contest and made it a double-digit advantage at the three-minute mark of the first half following a 3-pointer by Demetrius Levarity.
The Bearcats narrowed the deficit to 36-34, after ending the first half with a 10-2 run, and continued to stay within striking distance throughout the second half.
PSU went on to go up by 10 with 16 seconds left on the strength of Lozoya’s 12 consecutive points to get the win.
“I was impressed with what Grant did, but I was equally impressed with how our guys got him the ball,” PSU head coach Kim Anderson said. “They did a good job of moving the ball and enabled us to get him good shots. We were able to avoid turnovers and held on to win.”
The Gorillas will host Northwest Missouri at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.