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.

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.

Gorillas dominate Indianapolis in playoff opener

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) #4 Pitt State beats #13 UIndy 35-0 in the first round of the Division II playoffs Saturday.

Pitt State will travel to face Ferris State in the second round next weekend.

Gorillas fall to Quincy; English posts double-double for Gorillas

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State falls to Quincy 82-58 Friday night at the Pitt State Classic.

Marque English posts a double-double for the Gorillas with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Pitt State will be back in action Saturday night vs. Illinois-Springfield at 7:30 PM.

Gorillas prepare to face UIndy in first playoff game since 2014

PITTSBURG, Kan. – The Pittsburg State Gorillas are back in the Division II national football playoffs.

The Gorillas (11-0) will host the GLVC champion University of Indianapolis (9-1) in the first round on Saturday.

Pitt State heads into the weekend ranked #4 in the national poll, while UIndy is #13.

Saturday’s game will be a tough test for the Pitt State offense. The Greyhounds have the #1 rush defense in the nation, allowing just 54 yards per game on the ground.

“Their front 7 really attacks the ball,” says Pitt State offensive lineman Kory Woodruff, “It doesn’t seem to me like they’re really concerned about the back end. They give up a lot of explosive pass plays and stuff like that. They really try to sell out to stop the run, and that’s not really something that we’ve seen.”

“If you’re going to commit that much to stopping the run, there’s things you can do on the perimeter or through play action passing where you believe you may have an opportunity to make some plays,” says head coach Brian Wright on facing an aggressive UIndy front.

“I think it starts with dominating the line of scrimmage,” Woodruff adds, “They have a good defense and good linebackers. They blitz a lot. They play heavy run a lot. It just starts with dominating the line of scrimmage and letting our playmakers make plays.”

Saturday’s game will be Pitt State’s first appearance in the playoffs since 2014.

The Gorillas lack playoff experience – but they’re excited for the opportunity they have ahead of them – and happy to bring playoff football back to Pittsburg.

“It feels good to bring back what they expect,” Woodruff says on earning a home playoff game in front of Gorilla fans, “The standard is the standard. This is what we came here for. We came here to play in games like this. It feels good to be back at this point, but we’re not done yet.”

“It means a lot. I’m glad we could do it for our seniors this year,” says Pitt State LB Dubem Okonkwo, “Guys like PJ Sarwinski, Morgan Selemaea, Brandon Mlekus and Zeke Wall. The fact we get to do it with them…they came back another year and they put their jobs on hold and came back for us. It means a lot and I’m glad we could do it for them this year.”

“There’s nothing quite like The Jungle,” Woodruff finishes, “My opportunities are limited to play here. Any opportunity I have to play here, I’m excited about it and I’m ready to go.”

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 1 PM at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg.