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Bulldogs Fall At The Buzzer To Washburn

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TOPEKA, Kan. – Taylor Blue beat the clock as her jumper at the buzzer gave the Washburn Ichabods a 68-67 victory over the Truman Women's Basketball team in the championship game of the Parrish Hotels Thanksgiving Classic.

The Bulldogs (3-2) lost a pair of double-digit leads in the contest. They led by their largest margin, 13 points, with six and a half minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Washburn went on a 12-0 run from the 5:35 mark until Sloane Totta broke the drought with a three-pointer with 2:28 left to give Truman a 65-61 advantage.

Blue connected from distance with 25 seconds showing to give Washburn the lead but freshman Maya Mouton got the go ahead hoop with 16 seconds left to put Truman back in front.

On the second inbounds play of the final possession with two seconds left, Blue tossed it in to Axelle Bernard who in turn gave it right back to Blue on the right wing for the winner. Washburn remained perfect on the season at 6-0.

Truman led nearly the entire first half and by as many as 12 midway through the second quarter before Washburn went on a 13-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 28-27 on a three-pointer from Reagan Phelan. The two teams then had nine ties and 11 lead changes with the Bulldogs ending the third quarter and starting the fourth on a 14-2 run capped by a three-pointer from Remy Davenport.

Ashley Hartwig and Katie Jaseckas finished with game high honors for Truman with 13 points apiece and Mouton chipped in 11 going 3-of-4 from the field and 5-of-8 from the foul line. The Bulldogs shot 42% from the field with seven three-pointers, two by Davenport.

Washburn got 22 points from Phelan and 17 points from Alexis McAfee. The duo accounted for five of the Ichabods seven triples. Bernard brought down 15 rebounds but Truman won the boards 34 to 30.

The Bulldogs will open up Great Lakes Valley Conference action next Saturday at home against the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Pershing Arena.

Courtesy Truman State Athletics

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