PSU, MSSU open indoor track and field season at Crimson & Gold Invitational

WATCH: Pittsburg State and Missouri Southern open the indoor track and field season at the Crimson & Gold Invitational.

Pitt State sophomore Kyla Davis wins the women’s pole vault clearing 4.03 meters. The Gorilla men dominate the 60m hurdles. TJ Caldwell places first with a time of 7.83 seconds and Daylin Williams crosses the finish line right behind him in second. On the women’s side, MSSU’s Kiara Smith races to a first place finish with a time of 8.45 seconds.

Taniya Looney locks up a fourth-place finish for PSU in the 60-meter dash. The freshman finishes the race in 7.55 seconds. PSU’s Diego Contreras gets fourth place in the 5000 meter run.

For a complete list of results, click here. 

Gerber provides early-season spark for Pitt State women

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pitt State sophomore forward Karenna Gerber is showing her potential to be one of the best in the MIAA through the team’s first eight games.

“She’s always been aggressive. She’s always had great hands. She’s always been able to run and all of those things, but when it comes together, that’s what you’re seeing right now,” says Pitt State head coach Amanda Davied, “Her basketball IQ is really coming along. She knows where she needs to be and she gets what’s going on.”

Gerber is averaging 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game so far this season, including three double-doubles.

It’s a nice jump from her freshman season when she averaged 7 points and 5.7 rebounds per night.

She credits her off-season work and gaining experience last year for her early-season success in year two.

“I think last year gave me a little cushion year almost to keep building off of, and I kind of know what to expect now. I think it gave me something to work on over the summer,” Gerber says, “That’s kind of what I tried to do in the off-season, just work on what I needed to. Being more physical and building confidence and just getting more shots and reps was a big part of it. I did a lot of lifting and stuff to get stronger. There’s some pretty good posts in the MIAA, so I have to be able to hold my ground.”

“Karenna has always been bought in, but I think she just understands the offense more,” Davied adds, “That freshman year is tough. You feel like you’re in the hamster wheel trying to catch up all the time and learn the plays. Just a year of confidence can make a big difference. I think that’s a big part of it.”

Gerber has been great all season for Pitt State – but has really been key in the team’s first three MIAA conference games.

Gerber is averaging 20 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game to begin league play, helping the Gorillas go 2-1 against their first three MIAA opponents. She recorded 20 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks last Thursday against Missouri Western in her most productive game of the season.

“I think we’ve been very intentional about getting her the basketball. I think our guards really trust her,” Davied says, “Sometimes guards don’t like to give it up, but I think right now our girls really enjoy giving her the basketball and watching her finish plays.”

“We do a lot of pick-and-roll stuff in practice. We get a lot of reps,” Gerber says about working with the guards, “I’m probably a little faster than some of these guards. If I do my job and set a good screen and roll hard, they’ll get me the ball. We have some really good passers on our team, so that really helps.”

Gerber and the Gorillas will be back in action on Wednesday night, on the road against Newman.


Pitt State holds off Northwest Missouri

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) The Pitt State women hold off Northwest Missouri 61-55 Saturday afternoon.

Karenna Gerber posts another big night for the Gorillas with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Tristan Gegg (13 pts), Grace Pyle (13 pts, 7 reb) and Sydney Holmes (11 pts, 5 reb) were also in double figures for Pitt State.

The Gorillas are 2-1 to begin MIAA play and 6-2 overall.


Gorillas fall to Western in OT thriller; Gerber posts big double-double

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State falls in OT thriller to Missouri Western 80-74 Thursday.

Karenna Gerber posts 20 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks for Pitt State. Tristan Gegg scores a team-high 23 points, while Grace Pyle adds 13 points and 8 rebounds.

Missouri Western rallies to top Pitt State

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Missouri Western rallies to beat Pitt State 66-65 Thursday night.

RJ Forney leads the way for PSU with 17 points. Marque English gets another double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds, while Quentin Hardrict, Jr. adds 12 points.

Big second half lifts Pittsburg State past Lincoln

WATCH: Pitt State tops Lincoln 66-54 on Monday in its conference opener. Quentin Hardrict leads the way with 20 points. Deshaun English adds a huge double-double. He drops 17 points with 23 rebounds.

Pitt State pulls away to beat Lincoln in MIAA opener

WATCH: Pitt State pulls away to beat Lincoln 78-54 in its MIAA opener. Karenna Gerber scores a team-high 17 points. Tristan Gegg adds 16 points. Grace Pyle (12 pts), Harper Schreiner (10 pts) and Jenna Shipley (10 pts) also finish in double digits.

Ferris State knocks Pitt State out of Division II playoffs

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – (WATCH) Ferris State tops Pitt State 17-14 in the second round of the Division II playoffs Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldog defense tallied 9 sacks on the day against the Gorillas, including six from DE Caleb Murphy.

The Gorillas end the season with a 12-1 overall record.

Gorillas roll by St. Mary in home opener; Gerber posts double-double

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State tops St. Mary 95-63 in their home opener Wednesday night.

Karenna Gerber posts a double-double for the Gorillas with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jenna Shipley goes 8-13 from the floor to finish with 20 points. Grace Pyle (18 pts, 4-5 3pt) and Tristan Gegg (13 pts) were also in double figures for Pitt State.

Gorillas prepare for second round showdown with Ferris State

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State prepares for their second round playoff matchup with Ferris State.

The Gorillas are 12-0 and are the #3 seed in the region, while the defending national champion Bulldogs are 10-1 and are the #2 seed.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 12 PM.