PSU
Jeronimus

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Pittsburg State opened the second half on a 12-0 run and never looked back as it won their its NCAA South Central Region championship, 79-67 against Emporia State on Monday night in Lee Arena.

The Gorillas (27-5) will play Shaw on March 20 in the Eilite Eight in San Antonio. The Lady Hornets ended their season at 23-9.

Pittsburg State's Lizzy Jeronimus, the tournament's most outstanding player, scored 25 points off a 10 of 17 performance from the field. She shot 15 of 17 from the free-throw line. She averaged 27.0 points in her three tournament games, shot 58 percent from the field and 90 percent (35 of 39) from the free-throw line.

Drew Roberts scored eight points and was also named to the all-tournament team for the Gorillas. Jocelyn Cummings and Heather Robben earned spots for ESU and Stevi Schultz earned a spot for Washburn.

The Gorillas were down 32-31 at halftime. Jeronimus scored six of PSU's 12 consecutive points to open the half and take a 43-32 lead. The Lady Hornets finally scored on a jumper from Merissa Quick at the 16:42 mark and ESU cut the Gorilla lead to four at 11:02 remaining.

A jumper by Larissa Richards with 2:41 remaining put PSU back up by 10 and the Lady Hornets never got closer than eight after that. The Gorillas made 7 of 9 free throws the final 1:16 of the game.

Karthryn Flott scored 21 points with five made 3-pointers for Emporia State. Robben scored 17.

Pittsburg State shot 51 percent in the game and made just one of four 3-point attempts. The Lady Hornets shot 41 percent from the field and were 9 of 23 from long range. PSU won the rebound battle 40-24.