Truman State women cruise to first win over Stephens College

The Bulldog women's basketball team blistered the nets in their season debut on Monday night winning 101-27 over Stephens (Mo.) College in Pershing Arena.

Allie Norton, 25 points, and Kasey Gassensmith, 22 points, led Truman in scoring, both career highs.

The Bulldogs raced out to a 10-0 lead and were never threatened by the Stars while giving new Head Coach Amy Eagan her first victory.

Truman led 52-14 at the half and then held Stephens to just six field goals in the final 20 minutes.

Truman posted the second most field goal attempts in school history with 88 and the third most rebounds in a game with 62.

They finished the game with 17 steals and forced 33 turnovers.

Gassensmith charted her name in the Truman record book going 9-of-11 from the field which ties for fourth all-time in single-game field goal percentage (81.8%).

She had six points at the half and was 7-of-8 from the field in the second with a pair of triples for her 22 points.

Norton picked up where she left off last season from beyond the arc.

Norton drained five three-pointers, four in the first half to take game high honors at 25.

Bianca Szafarowicz filled the stat sheet with a career-high 18 points while pulling down 10 boards, seven steals and dishing out four assists.

Amy Briggs led the squad with nine assists and Sarah Gaeddert grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds.

Truman won the battle of the boards 62-28 and allowed just two Stephens offensive rebounds on the night.

Seleena Neal led the Stars with 13 points, playing all 40 minutes but was victim of the Bulldog pressure with 15 turnovers.

The Bulldogs have a date with the Northwest Missouri Bearcats on Saturday night in Maryville.

The Bearcats are coached by former Truman coach Michael Smith and were handled by Quincy (Ill.) 68-47 in their first game.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with a second game against Lincoln (Mo.) University on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.