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  • PSU women on tear before rematch with Northeastern State

  • The Pittsburg State women stayed pace with the leaders of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association last week with home victories over Truman State (63-48) and Southwest Baptist (74-61).

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  • The Pittsburg State women stayed pace with the leaders of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association last week with home victories over Truman State (63-48) and Southwest Baptist (74-61).
    The Gorillas ended a three-game losing streak (all games away from Whetzel Court/John Lance Arena) and own a two-game winning streak headed into a Saturday afternoon match with Northeastern State, a team currently enjoying a three-game winning streak.
    The RiverHawks won the first meeting 65-50 down in Tahlequah, Okla., but the Gorillas have won their last five conference games played in their friendly confines.
    Several teams in the MIAA are on fire — Emporia State leads the pack with a seven-game winning streak, conference leader Washburn and Central Missouri have won six consecutive games and Fort Hays State owns a four-game winning streak, all streaks taking precedent over Northeastern and Pitt State.
    Washburn, Central Missouri, Northeastern State, Emporia State and Truman State have all clinched MIAA Tournament spots.
    Pitt State and Fort Hays are tied for sixth with Pitt State having won the head-to-head meeting, 51-48.
    Pitt State sophomore forward Lizzy Jeronimus was considered for MIAA Player of the Week, averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.
    Officially considered the MIAA leading scorer, Jeronimus averages 18.6 points and she leads Pitt State in minutes played (593), field goals (137), field goal attempts (272), free throws made (108), free throw attempts (138), defensive rebounds (107), assists (55) and steals (23).
    Central Missouri junior Keuna Flax won MIAA Player of the Week on Monday, her third occasion winning the award in 13 weeks of the season.
    Having not played in 75 percent of her team’s games (Flax 14 games, Central Missouri 21), her 21.1 scoring average does not count for the MIAA lead.
    Flax averaged 25 points last week, highlighted by a career high 30 against Central Oklahoma, and scored 50 points in 56 minutes played.
    She only missed five shots all last week — 17-22, 77.3 percent.
    Northwest Missouri leads the MIAA in assists (16.0) and steals (11.4) per game.
    Individually, senior Arriana Walker of Lincoln leads the MIAA in assists (4.7) and steals (3.3) per game.
    Taylor Lewis of Northeastern State ranks first in free throw percentage (51-57, .895) and second in 3-point percentage (67-151, .444).
    Conference and national leading shot blocker Kate Lehman of Fort Hays State totaled 86 blocks in 21 games (4.1 per game) and her total blocks are more than 11 MIAA teams (Central Oklahoma 80, Central Missouri 79, Northeastern State 70, Northwest Missouri 64, Missouri Western 63, Lincoln 61, Truman State 58, Missouri Southern 57, Southwest Baptist 56, Nebraska-Kearney 53, Lindenwood 44).
    On the men’s side, Pitt State lost a golden opportunity Saturday against Southwest Baptist.
    The Gorillas built a 22-point lead with 12 minutes left on the clock only to see it evaporate over a 10-minute stretch, as Southwest Baptist outscored Pitt State 43-15 to claim a stunning 81-75 win on the Gorillas’ home court.
    Page 2 of 2 - Pitt State dropped to eighth place in the MIAA.
    The Gorillas (7-6 MIAA) are not out of the conference race by any stretch of the imagination — two games behind conference leaders Fort Hays State and Central Missouri, 1.5 games behind Washburn and Northeastern State and one game behind Lindenwood, Northwest Missouri and Central Oklahoma.
    Missouri Southern and Southwest Baptist stand one game behind Pitt State.
    Unlike the women’s side, no men’s teams have clinched a spot in the conference tournament.
    The hottest teams in the MIAA are Fort Hays and Central Oklahoma, winners of five and three straight, respectively.
    With senior forward JaVon McGee out indefinitely, Pitt State junior forward A.J. Adams delivered 18 points per game last week against Truman State and Southwest Baptist, arguably his best back-to-back games all season. Senior post Rico Pierrevilus averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds — propelled by 20 points, 13 rebounds against Truman State.
    The Gorillas shot 4-26 from 3-point range last week against Truman and Baptist — 15 percent. This cold outside shooting comes after a four-game stretch of 23-63 3-point shooting (37 percent) against Fort Hays State, Northeastern State, Missouri Western and Washburn.
    Good news for Pitt State: senior guard Courtney Ingram should return on Saturday against Northeastern State.
    Missouri Southern junior guard Marquis Addison won MIAA Player of the Week on Monday, his second time in 13 weeks. Addison, third-leading scorer in the MIAA (17.9 points per game), became the third MIAA player in recent weeks to reach 1,000 career points — joining McGee and Cedric Ridle of Lincoln.
    Fort Hays freshman point guard Craig Nicholson ranks second in NCAA-II in assists per game (7.6) and five straight games of at least nine assists have Nicholson hot on the heels of national leader Dino Mallios of St. Anselm (7.8 assists per game). At the Division I level, T.J. Ford (Texas) remains the only freshman to lead the nation in assists, 2001-2002 season.
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