The Truman Womenâ??s Basketball team ready to start the season

The Truman Womenâ??s Basketball team will open up their 2012-13 season on Saturday afternoon by hosting future conference opponent McKendree (Ill.) University Bearcats at 2:00 p.m. in Pershing Arena.

Truman played two exhibition games against Division I opponents prior to Saturdayâ??s opener.

They were defeated 87-62 by Missouri State University but then knocked off the University of Illinois-Chicago 64-51 last Friday night.

Junior transfer Amy Briggs led the team with a 15.5 point per game mark during the exhibition season with freshman Courtney Strait and senior guard Becka McHenry each adding 10 points per game.

McHenry is Trumanâ??s returning all-conference player after earning second team honors last season. McHenry led Truman in scoring at 14.2 points per game and had the third most assists in a season with 145 last year.

McHenry is joined by returners senior Jennifer Conway (11.6ppg/6.0rpg), juniors Nicole Gloor (9.6ppg/4.1rpg), Bianca Szafarowicz (4.3ppg/3.7rpg) and sophomore Allie Norton (9.0ppg).

Norton set a freshman record with a .401 three-point shooting percentrage and made 59-of-147 attempts.

The Bulldogs finished last season with a record of 17-10, the most wins in a season since the 1999-2000 campaign but were picked eighth in the MIAA preseason coachesâ?? poll and ninth in the media poll.

McKendree is 1-1 following a 68-64 loss to Missouri S&T on Tuesday night.

They won their opener 61-60 last Saturday over Missouri Baptist University on a putback at the buzzer by Liz Gilman. Guard Caty Ponce has averaged 20 points in both games this season

The Bearcats were picked eighth out of eight teams in the Great Lakes Valley Conference east division after finishing last season with an 8-22 overall record.

The two teams met last season (Feb. 11, 2012) in Lebanon, Ill. with the Bulldogs winning 77-55 behind 20 points from Becca McHenry.

The Bulldogs shot 44% and forced 22 turnovers while it was McHenryâ??s third straight 20+point game. The Bearcats were led with 15 points by Caty Ponce.

Truman leads the overall series 7-1 with the only loss coming on Feb. 22 1988 by a score of 71-64.

This will also be the last non-conference game between the two schools as Truman is leaving the MIAA after this season to join the GLVC.

Courtesy Truman State University