The final regular season game is on tap for Thursday night as Truman welcomes rival Quincy (Ill.) University for Senior Night at Pershing Arena.
Tip off, with senior festivities beginning prior to game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Live stats and live video links, if available from the host site, will be available on the women's basketball schedule page on TrumanBulldogs.com About the Bulldogs (17-8; 11-6 GLVC)
Truman enters the final game of the regular season in a precarious situation. The Bulldogs were eighth in the first NCAA regional poll, released last Wednesday, but lost both games last week.
They ran into a hot shooting Maryville team that made a school-record 18 three-pointer against the 'Dogs in a 90-84 loss last Thursday and fell on the road 80-76 to Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday night with two starters leaving the game early with injuries. The Bulldogs have dropped three of the last five games with the other two needing overtime before Truman prevailing.
They have secured at least a home game for the first-round of the Deaconess Great Lakes Valley Conference postseason tournament.
Truman could end up in a tie for fourth place if Missouri-St. Louis and Indianapolis both lose on Thursday night or finish eighth if Truman, Southern Indiana falls and Maryville wins.
The GLVC will release the bracket on Thursday night following games after applying their tie-breaking criteria to the standings.
Truman is third in the nation and first in the GLVC in three-point shooting at 40.4% and fifth in the country and first in the conference in free throw percentage at 78.5%.
They are second in the conference in scoring offense at 81.0 points per game and for the first time in school history, feature five players averaging 10 points or more per game in both overall and league games. Allie Norton leads the group at 13.4 and 14.1 respectively followed by Amy Briggs (12.8/13.7), Nicole Gloor (12.1/12.4), Bianca Szafarowicz (12.1/12.2) and Courtney Strait (11.0/12.3).
The team shoots 43% from the field with opponents shooting 42% overall, 36% from three and 73% from the line. Truman vs. Quincy (Thursday 5:30 p.m. - Kirksville, Mo.)
Series History: The Lady Hawks lead the overall series 23-18 and broke a Truman two-game winning streak with a 79-75 win back on December 7 in Quincy.
Truman took a 74-73 lead with 3:14 left after falling behind 16 points earlier.
The Lady Hawks six of the final seven points to win. Hannah Weedman led the Lady Hawks with 24 points while Truman got 16 from Nicole Gloor. Quincy Last Time Out: Quincy had their 12-game winning streak snapped with a pair of losses, both at home, last week.
They shot just 37% from the field in a 79-62 loss to Missouri-St. Louis last Thursday then ran into the red-hot Maryville squad that held on for a 73-71 win. Last Five Games:
Truman is 2-3 with two overtime wins in their last five games.
During that span, Truman has averaged 84.6 points per game but have allowed 84.8.
Opponents have been shooting 51% from the field including 48% from three going 45-of-93. Courtney Strait has led the 'Dogs, averaging 17.4 in the last five games while Strait, Amy Briggs and Bianca Szafarowicz have all shot about 50% from the field. Winning Season:
The program has clinched their third straight winning season with a 17-8 record with one regular season game remaining.
It is the third straight year that women's basketball will finish above .500.
It is only the second time in program history that the team has had three straight winning seasons as the team strung together five from 1977-1982.
Truman is one conference win away from tying a program high in that regard which was accomplished last season and again in 1999-2000. The Bulldogs are 66-41 (.631) over the past four seasons, 44-32 (.597) in league games and 38-12 (.775) in games played in Pershing Arena during that span.
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