The Truman Women??s Basketball team will embark on a three-day, two-game road trip that will take them to Pittsburg (Kan.) State on Thursday night and MIAA newcomer Northeastern (Okla.) State on Saturday afternoon.
Truman (16-3; 9-2 MIAA) will face a Gorilla squad that was in the Elite Eight last season and returns the MIAA Freshman of the Year in Lizzy Jeronimus and a Riverhawk team that averages 8.5 three-pointers per game and was also in the national tournament last season.
The Bulldogs have won nine of their last 10 games and moved up three spots to number 19 in this week??s WBCA/USA Today Sports Division II Coaches Poll.
Truman is coming off a 64-50 win at Southwest Baptist (Mo.) on Saturday afternoon with sophomore guard Allie Norton leading the way with 15 points and senior guard Becka McHenry adding 14.
Truman is the top three-point shooting team in Division II as they have made 42.9% of their treys thus far.
They are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game while Norton is fourth in the nation with a 45.7% three-point shooting percentage and averaging two and a half triples a contest.
Norton is joined in the national rankings by junior guard Amy Briggs who is shooting 40.0% from outside and making 2.2 threes a game.
McHenry leads Truman in scoring at 13.5 points per game while pulling down 5.3 rebounds, dishing out 3.6 assists and recording a team high 31 steals this season.
Truman??s 16 wins are one shy of last year??s 17 victories.
The Bulldogs are 33-13 over the past two seasons and 14-4 in the MIAA since February 1, 2012.
Truman is ahead of pace to set the school record for fewest losses in a season.
The 1998-99 and 1999-2000 teams lost nine games in each season while this year??s squad is sitting on three losses with a minimum of nine games left.
The Gorillas (12-7; 6-5 MIAA) are returning home after suffering three straight road losses.
They dropped games at Northeastern State (65-50), at Missouri Western (70-65) and most recently a 58-44 loss at Washburn (Kan.).
The Gorillas are receiving votes in this week??s poll after starting the season at number three in the national rankings.
Jeronimus was a WBCA Honorable Mention all-American last season and was named the most valuable player of the NCAA South Central regional.
She leads the Gorillas in scoring (18.7/g), rebounding (6.6/g), assists (2.5/g), field goal percentage (49.2%), steals (1.0) and free throw percentage (79.5%).
Pittsburg State is second in the conference in three-point defense at 28.3%, second in defensive rebounds at 27.7 per game and fourth in scoring offense at 68.1 points per game.
Courtesy Truman State University