Bianca Szafarowicz matched a career-high with 22 points and Truman moved on to the Deaconess GLVC Women's Basketball tournament semifinals with an 84-70 victory over No. 2 seed, No. 11 nationally and defending tournament champion Lewis (Ill.) University on Thursday night. The first 15 minutes was a back-and-forth affair that featured five ties and 11 lead changes.
Szafarowicz converted a Flyers' turnover into a basket and the Bulldogs would never trail again. Amy Briggs scored five points in the final 1:26 and Allie Norton knocked down one of her four triples to send Truman into the locker room on an 8-0 run. The Bulldogs would score the first four in the half to take their first double-digit lead at 45-32. The Flyers got as close as six on three separate occasions only to watch Truman answer with key buckets from one of the four Bulldogs that finished in double figure scoring. Norton's three-pointer with 3:27 left was the nail in the coffin as it gave the Bulldogs a 12-point lead at 74-62. Szafarowicz matched her career-high with 22 points while adding eight rebounds.
Norton finished with 18 points and Nicole Gloor and Briggs tied with 15 apiece.
Truman shot 46% for the game and were 21-of-27 from the foul line. The league's player of the year, Mariyah Henley scored 23 points with 16 rebounds while Jamie Johnson added 22.
The Flyers won the boards 40-33 but lost the turnover battle 15 to six. The win gave Truman 20 wins for just the fourth time in school history and first back-to-back 20-win seasons. Truman moves on to face the winner of No. 6 Southern Indiana against No. 3 Quincy (Ill.) in Saturday's semifinals at 2:30 p.m.
Courtesy Truman State University