PITTSBURG — It will be a Thanksgiving holiday to remember for both Pittsburg State basketball teams, as the Gorillas head out of the continental United States to take part in the Puerto Rico Challenge on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


The No. 7-ranked Gorilla women have started the season off perfectly, garnering a clean 4-0 record.

The PSU women are averaging 76 points a game, using 43 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent shooting to fuel the offense, while holding opposing teams to 52 points a game defensively.

Junior guard Mikaela Burgess leads the Gorillas in scoring with an average of 17.5 points a game, while also dishing out 3.5 assists per contest. She has a team-high 16 3-pointers this season, shooting 42 percent from long range.

Senior point guard Haydn Herlocker is averaging a team-high 6.5 assists for the Gorillas, while coming in as the second-leading scorer at 11.5 points per game. Defensively, Herlocker has a team-high 16 steals this season.

Junior forward Elena Flott is averaging 10 points a game, and is second in the team in total rebounds, with 23.

Coming off the bench, sophomore guard Shelby Lopez is averaging 10.3 points a game, and is second on the team in makes from 3-point range, with 10 this season.

Sophomore forward Madison Northcutt is the team’s leading rebounder, hauling in 31 boards through four games this season.

Pitt State starts off its Puerto Rico Challenge with a 11 a.m. matchup against Pontifical Catholic on Wednesday, before battling West Alabama at 9 a.m. on Thursday. The PSU women wrap up their play with a 1 p.m. game against Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras on Friday.


The Gorilla men have started the 2016-17 with a 1-3 record, beating Newman 84-79 in the home opener on Nov. 15.

Pitt State is averaging 72 points, but allowing opposing teams to score 83 points per contest.

The Gorillas are led in scoring by junior guard Dakota Jones, who is putting up 12.3 points per game. He has made eight 3-pointers to tie with senior forward Creighton Brinker for the team lead from beyond the arc. Jones’ 2.8 assists per game is also a team high.

Junior swingman Isaiah Hicks is second on the team in scoring, putting up an average of 10.8 points per contest. He is second in rebounds, with 21, and is averaging 2.0 assists per contest.

Brinker is averaging 8.5 points a game and has 20 rebounds, while freshman forward Christian Edmondson has a team-high 27 rebounds and 6.5 points a game for PSU.

Freshman guard Brandon Clifford is third in scoring for Pitt State, averaging 9.5 points a game. He is shooting 58 percent from the field.

The Gorillas are still awaiting the return of senior guard Josiah Gustafson and junior guard Jaxon Holden.

The Pitt State men start their Puerto Rico Challenge with a 1 p.m. matchup against Puerto RIco-Mayaguez on Wednesday, before taking on St. Edward’s University at 11 a.m. on Thursday. The Gorilla men close out the challenge with an 11 a.m. game against Saint Rose on Friday.

All games will be broadcasted on KKOW 860 AM.

-- Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at ldavis@morningsun.net and follow him on twitter @LDsportswriter.