The Truman Bulldogs will look for their fifth straight win as they host Rockhurst (Mo.) University on Wednesday night in Pershing Arena at 5:30 p.m.
Last year, Truman defeated the Hawks 62-46. Truman is off to a stellar start for the second straight year and is undefeated through the first four games for the sixth time in the program's 41-year history.
Four players are averaging in double-figures with Becka McHenry leading the way at 13.3. She is joined by Amy Briggs (12.0/g), Nicole Gloor (11.5/g) and Allie Norton (11.0/g). The team is shooting 47% from beyond the three-point arc while averaging 77.8 points per game.
The Bulldogs are making 7.8 three-pointers per game with Norton connecting on a team-leading 11-of-21 treys for a 52% clip. Defensively, Truman has allowed just 55.8 points in four games limiting the opposing teams to 40% shooting, 30% from three and outrebounding the opponents 39.5 to 26.8 (+12.8). Rockhurst (2-2) downed Saint Mary (Kan.) on Monday night 82-49 to even their record.
They are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game with Kendall Hart leading the team in scoring at 12.3 points per game and making 14 of her 31 three-point attempts.
Rockhurst was picked eighth out of eight teams in the GLVC West Division after finishing the 2011-12 season with a record of 5-21 (2-16 GLVC).
Sophomore Taylor Skala was named to the GLVC All-Defensive team last season. Last year, Truman led wire-to-wire as they built up a 23-point cushion in a 62-46 win at the Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse in Kansas City.
Senior Breanna Daniels led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points and Kara McFarland and MaKayla Grahn paced the Hawks with just eight. Truman has won the last three meetings with the future Great Lakes Valley Conference opponent and owns an 8-4 series lead against the Hawks.
Rockhurst last won in 2006 (63-54) and last in Pershing Arena in 2000 (58-56).Following more than a week off after playing three games in five days, the Truman men's basketball team looks to close out November with a win when it hosts Grand View (Iowa) University at 7:30 pm on Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs will get into doubleheader mode, following the women's team hosting Rockhurst at 5:30. Truman will be after its first win against a school from the state of Iowa this season, having gone 0-2 against William Penn and Upper Iowa to kick off the 2012-13 campaign earlier this month. Probable Starters:G - #2 - Seth Jackson - 6'3" - 200 - SO - 11.5 ppg | 2.5 rpg | 2.0 apgF - #5 - Mike Carlson - 6'9" - 200 - JR - 16.0 ppg | 5.8 rpg | 1.8 apgG - #11 - Cole Myers - 6'3" - 190 - FR - 6.0 ppg | 3.0 rpg | 1.5 apgG - #12 - Cory Myers - 6'3" - 190 - FR - 6.5 ppg | 2.5 rpg | 3.8 apgF - #33 - Tyler Anderson - 6'5" - 210 - SO - 6.8 ppg | 3.5 rpg | 0.5 apg Series Notes vs. Grand View:Series Record: Truman leads 4-2Last Meeting: TSU 76, GVU 62 (11/17/11 || Des Moines, IowaSeries Streak: Truman W-1Record in Kirksville: Truman leads 3-1 (GVU W-1)Last TSU win in Kirksville: Dec. 6, 1982 (W 74-66)Woodley vs. Grand View: 1-0 Well, for Startersâ?|:The Bulldogs have done damage in the first half of games this season, shooting just shy of 50% from the field (49.6%) and outscoring opponents by nearly eight points in the first 20 minutes of games. In the last three contests (QU, CCCB, ISU-exh), Truman has gotten out to leads of 20-2, 30-1 and 7-0 in the opening minutes. Nailbiters for the Bulldogs:After seeing 13 of its 28 games last season finish within a six point or closer margin, 2013 has already begun to replicate that, with all three of Truman's losses coming within five points (5, 3, 2). The Bulldogs went 3-10 in the 13 close games last season. Last Time Out:November 20, 2012 - @ Quincy 62, Truman 60Quincy's Jordan Wilson hit a jumper with just 0.7 seconds to play, capping a comeback by the host Hawks to defeat the Truman men's basketball team 62-60 on Nov. 20 in Pepsi Arena.
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