Riding a conference-best seven-game winning streak and putting their 22-game home winning streak on the line, the Truman Women's Basketball team will square off against Missouri S&T Thursday at 5:30.
Series History: This will be the first meeting between former Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association members since a 57-55 overtime victory by the Miners in Pershing Arena on December 19, 2006.
Missouri S&T has won the last two games played in Kirksville with Truman's last win coming with a 78-58 victory in 2004.
Truman leads the overall series record 28-24 and had an eight-game winning streak from 1997-2000.
First meeting between the two programs was the season opener in 1977 with the Bulldogs winning 69-58. Miners Last Time Out: Missouri S&T lost 80-67 to Missouri-St. Louis to wrap-up a four-game homestand.
Senait McLeod led the Miners with 15 points.
The Miners have dropped their last three games and five of the last six. Common Opponents: Truman and Missouri S&T have four common opponents thus far, all within the GLVC West Division (Missouri-St. Louis, Maryville, Rockhurst and William Jewell).
the Miners are 1-3 with a win over William Jewell (69-67) while Truman is 4-0 against that same group. About the Miners: Enter the week with a 6-11 overall record and 2-7 GLVC markhave three players averaging in double-figures behind Mia Wesley (15.8), Toni Knar (12.2) and Karli Sample (10.5) as a team, average 67.8 points and allow 72.7 per night.
Truman is the only GLVC team that has five players averaging in double-figure scoring. Allie Norton (12.9), Amy Briggs (12.6) and Nicole Gloor (12.1) are leading rebounder Bianca Szafarowicz (10.8/6.9) and leading free throw shooter Courtney Strait (10.2/91.5%). The Bulldogs are on the verge of the best winning percentage ever in the month of January after winning seven straight games out of the eight played this month.
The seven-game winning streak matches the longest in Truman history with the pervious streaks occurring during the 1990-91, 1998-99 and 2001-02 seasons and is the first seven-game conference winning streak.
The last loss was January 3 at East Division leading Lewis (Ill.) University. Truman will also be looking to defend a 22-game Pershing Arena winning streak that dates back to February 1, 2011, a 67-59 loss at the hands of Washburn (Kan.) University.
The streak is the fourth longest in Division II behind Colorado Mesa (30), Western Washington (26) and Gannon (24).
Lewis is fifth with 20 straight home wins, while the longest overall active streak belongs to Amherst (Mass.) at 94 games. In national rankings, Truman is second in Division II in three-point field goal percentage at 39.8%, fourth in turnovers per game (12.5/g) and fourth in free throw shooting (78.8%).
Overall field goal percentage is at 42.4% while the team is 23rd in the nation in rebounding margin (+7.6) and 17th in scoring margin. Individually, Courtney Strait is seventh in Division II and first in the GLVC in free-throw percentage at 91.5% while Amy Briggs is seventh in three-point percentage at 45.6%.
Briggs and Allie Norton are ranked in assist/turnover ratio, assists per game, free throw percentage, three-pointers per game and three-point percentage. The Bulldogs are coming off of two comeback victories last week in Kansas City.
Truman shot a woeful 23% in the first half at Rockhurst on Thursday but rallied from five down for a 63-52 victory over the Hawks.
The Bulldogs took the lead with about 10 minutes left and were a perfect 16-of-16 at the foul line over the final five minutes to earn the win. On Saturday, Truman trailed for 80% of the game and by 10 points twice but in the final five minutes, the Bulldogs outscored William Jewell 14-5 to win 83-75.
Truman turned the ball over just nine times and got a double-double from Bianca Szafarowicz with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Truman received a vote in this week's USA Today/WBCA Division II Coaches' Poll.
They were in 11 weekly polls last season, peaking at number 19.
Courtesy Truman State University