One of the best seasons in Truman Womenâ??s Basketball history came to an end on Friday afternoon as fourth seeded Emporia (Kan.) State defeated the fifth seeded Bulldogs 61-56. Becka McHenry capped off her senior year with 15 points and nine rebounds. Truman (20-8) dug themselves a deep hole to start the game as they scored just one field goal in the first seven minutes and trailed 14-2. The Bulldogs clawed their way back to six before Rheanna Egli hit a late three-pointer and Jocelyn Cummings scored before the horn to send the Lady Hornets into the locker room with a 31-20 lead. Truman shot just 23% in the first period while ESU was 14-of-28 for a 50% shooting mark. The Bulldogs chipped away again and got to within four at 47-43 with 6:54 to play.
Out of a timeout and late in the shot clock, Egli connected from three to push it back to seven. Jennifer Conwayâ??s short baseline jumper tied the game for the first time at 53 apiece with 2:18 showing. Laura Patrick answered with her own jumper and Truman had two straight empty possessions to either tie or take the lead.
On the third chance, Nicole Gloor got a steal and was fouled to go to the line. Gloor made the first but the second came up short to keep the Lady Hornets in front by one.
It was the first miss from the line by the Bulldogs in the game after making their first 14. Rachael Hanf hit on a pair of free throws with 1:02 left and Patrick made two more with 11 seconds left to seal the win. The Bulldogs launched 71 shot attempts but only made 20 to shoot 28% from the floor.
In addition, the nationâ??s top three-point shooting team made just two, both in the first half, of their 11 three-point attempts. The Lady Hornets (19-8) were paced by Patrickâ??s 18 points and Egliâ??s 14.
They will move on to play top-seeded Washburn (Kan.) in the semifinals on Saturday. Trumanâ??s season comes to an end and set a school record for fewest losses in a season with eight and won 20 games for only the third time in school history.
The team made a season record 202 three-pointers while shooting 41.6% from beyond the arc.
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