A late first half push by the Truman Women set the stage for a bench-clearing second half as the Bulldogs rolled to an 80-52 win over Missouri S&T on Thursday night. It was the program's eighth straight win, breaking a school record. Truman hosts #7 Drury (Mo.) on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Michalina Tomczak scored on consecutive possessions that jump started a cold-shooting Truman offense.
Following Tomczak's second basket on as many trips, Amy Briggs teed up a triple and Truman was off and running.
The Bulldogs would go on an 11-3 run over a three minute span, then kept the Lady Miners scoreless for the final five minutes of the half to build up a 40-19 lead. Kasey Gassensmith scored five straight to expand the lead out to 25 and the bench continued from there with Allison Wiese knocking down a career-high 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, all in the final 20 minutes. Four players, Wiese, Allie Norton (12), Bianca Szafarowicz (11) and Briggs (10) scored in double-figures while 11 of the 12 players that played chalked points on the night. The Bulldogs had 19 assists on 26 made baskets and after turning the ball over five times in the first five minutes, had just five more giveaways the remaining 30 minutes of action. Toni Knar was the Lady Miners' bright spot offensively with four made three-pointers for a game-high 12 points. Missouri S&T shot 33% from the field and were 4-of-14 from three. Truman will try to defend their winning streak and 23-game home victory streak when they host nationally-ranked #7 Drury (Mo.) Lady Panthers on Saturday. The Lady Panthers lost on a late three-pointer 82-79 to #15-ranked Quincy (Ill.) Lady Hawks in a battle for first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division.
Truman is now tied with the Lady Panthers for second place in the division, both sporting 8-2 league records. Tip off from Pershing Arena is slated for 1:00 p.m.
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