By: Diamond Carroll
Pittsburg ended up being too much for Western women as they fell to Pittsburg State 79-68 putting their record at 10-10 after a high scoring first half. The Griffons shot 55 percent to match the Gorillas 54 percent in the first half, going into the second half with a 44- 41 lead.
Unfortunately, the Gorillas will take their first lead two minutes into the third quarter and will then go on a 13-2 run holding the Griffons without a field goal for the first 3:47 of the half.
Western did not generate the same offense that they were able to get in the beginning according to Rob Edmission.
“Well we didn’t make baskets like we did in the first half. We got the same shots just didn’t make them. They did a better job staying under us. We couldn’t maintain the level of offense played in the first half,” said Edmission.
Katrina Roenfeldt led both teams with a score of 20 points along with Melia Richardson who contributed 14 points as well. Despite that the Griffons would add to that fire of low scoring in the second half allowing for three Pittsburg players to score in the double digits, Edmisson was given a technical foul which he was unable to give a comment on due to NCAA rules.
“We are all disappointed in ourselves, and we lost that game on our own. We are just disappointed,” said Richardson.
Brittany Atkins chipped in nine points to the loss and also four assists. Atkins just like everyone else disappointed in the loss.
“I think defensively we were real energetic, and we were putting things together on the offensive end ” Atkins said. “It felt good first half and to come out and let it go…” said Atkins.
Majority of Western’s losses come from teams within the conference as this loss has pushed their MIAA record to 3-8.
“It’s been our achilles heel all year to stay consistent throughout the game,” said Edmission.
“This team has proven that we can play with the best of the league, but we have to find a way to win against the best in the league,” said Edmission.
The Griffons go on the road for the next two games. Two rematches against Lincoln University (9-8) and Lindenwood (12-3). Last time these teams met, Western defeated LU 62-61 after a game winner from Roenfeldt in the final seconds. Lindenwood beat the Griffons 74-60 last time they met.