In a key cross divisional game, the Truman Women used a strong defensive performance to shut down one of the conferences' top scoring teams as the Bulldogs claimed a 74-57 victory on Thursday night in Pershing Arena. Bianca Szafarowicz lighted the offensive spark for the Bulldogs as she scored eight during an 18-4 run in which Truman stormed back to take the lead for good.
Truman scored 14 of the final 19 points in the half to take a 16-point advantage into the locker room. The Screaming Eagles closed to within 10 as they scored the first six points to start the second half but Szafarowicz's basket and back-to-back three-pointers from Amy Briggs squelched the USI momentum. Szafarowicz was eight of 10 from the field and six of seven from the foul line while pulling down nine rebounds and adding three assists and three steals.
It was her first career 20-point performance. Briggs' knocked down four triples and Allie Norton swished three more as Truman hit 10 on the night. Briggs finished with 16 and Norton 11. Sarah Gaeddert set a new career benchmark with six points and five rebounds in the second half. While Truman shot 53% for the game, USI was at the other end of the spectrum.
The Screaming Eagles were 16-of-61 (26.2%) from the floor and made just one three-pointer in 12 attempts.
They had just scored 100 in their last victory against McKendree (Ill.), including 14 triples. Anna Hackert, the GLVC's leading scorer, had to scramble for 16 points going three of 13 from the field but making 10-of-11 from the foul line.
Stephanie Carpenter, who leads the league in three-pointers per game, was 1-of-10 from the field and scoreless from outside.
It was the lowest single-game point total this season for the team leading the GLVC in scoring offense at 81.7 per game. Truman will host Bellarmine (Ky.) on Saturday afternoon in Kirksville.
The Knights enter the game with an 11-9 overall record and 7-5 GLVC mark after falling to the #9 Quincy (Ill.) on Thursday 89-79.
Bellarmine was up 13 at the break but couldn't hold the lead. Tip off from Pershing Arena is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Courtesy Truman State University