Making their first trip to the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship in 15 years and third overall, the Truman Women's Basketball team enters the Midwest Regional as the number eight seed and will play host and top-seeded Drury (Mo.) at 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Game Coverage
Tournament games will be on the 104.7FM KRES and available free online through CentralMOInfo.com.
Brad Boyer and Hank Janssen will call the action with a pregame show beginning 15 minutes prior to tip and will have Coach Amy Eagan's postgame comments at the end of the broadcast. Live stats and free live video, is provided through the NCAA and will be available on the women's basketball schedule page on TrumanBulldogs.com About the Bulldogs (22-8; 12-6 GLVC)
The Bulldogs won their first conference championship with a 58-45 win over Maryville (Mo.) University on Sunday to cap off three double-digit victories over a four-day span.
It was the first Great Lakes Valley Conference team title for the school.
With both teams fatigued, Truman outlasted the Saints in the final 10 minutes of the title game by holding Maryville to just three points. Bianca Szafarowicz was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the All-Tournament team by fellow seniors Amy Briggs and Nicole Gloor.
Szafarowicz and Briggs each averaged over 36 minutes in the three games in four days with Szafarowicz picking up seven steals, three blocks and averaged 7.7 rebounds per game.
Briggs had eight three-pointers, nine assists, eight steals and averaged six rebounds per game.
Gloor led the team in scoring at 18.3 points per game while shooting 60% (15-of-25) from the floor and 75% at the line (24-of-32). Truman enters the Midwest Regional with a 22-8 record, matching the most wins in school history from the 1998-99 season.
They have also made the most three-pointers in a season (229), free throws made and attempted (629/804) and best free throw percentage (78.2%).
Amy Briggs has the most triples in a season with 78 and Nicole Gloor has the fourth most free throws made with 141. An unprecedented five players average in double-figures in scoring with Briggs leading the way at 13.5, Allie Norton at 12.8, Gloor at 12.3, Szafarowicz at 12.1 and Strait at 10.4.
The team's 79.2 points per game is the fourth best scoring average in school history and the 2,376 points scored is the second most scored in a season. This is the 13th overall conference tournament appearance for the Bulldogs as they are the seventh seed, tying for sixth but losing a tie-break with the University of Southern Indiana.
Despite the Bulldogs regular season home win over the Screaming Eagles, they were broke the tie by virtue of their road win at the University of Indianapolis while Truman lost at UIndy. Truman is second in Division II in three-point field goal percentage (39.6%) and has the fifth best free throw shooting percentage at 78.2% Truman vs. Drury (Friday, 6:00 p.m. â?? Springfield, Mo.)
Series History: The Lady Panthers have won all seven previous meetings with the Bulldogs but there was an eight-year gap from the 2006 meeting to this season's 93-86 Drury win in Kirksville on February 1.
Allie Norton scored a career-high 26 points and the Bulldogs trimmed an 18-point margin down to five with 4:50 left but the Lady Panthers shot 56% from the field and got 27 points from Amber Dvorak and 22 from Bethanie Funderburk to end Truman's 23-game home winning streak. Drury Last Time Out: Maryville upset the top-seeded Lady Panthers in the quarterfinals of the Deaconess GLVC Basketball tournament last Thursday 56-55.
Samantha Robison's jump with a second left gave the Saints the victory.
Maryville led most of the second half and was led Robison and Shelby Miller's 11 points. Drury got 17 from Sanayika Shields and 10 from Dvorak. About the Lady Panthers: Drury was ranked sixth in last week's WBCA/USA Today Division II Coach's poll.
Graduate student Amber Dvorak was a first-team all-GLVC player and named to the All-Defensive team
Dvorak averages 16.4 points in 18.4 minutes per game with a team-leading 53 blocks
Bethanie Funderburk was a second-team choice and has 39 three-pointers and averaging 13.3 ppg
this is Drury's 10th overall trip to the Division II tournament with last coming in 2012, they are 17-10 in the national tournament with a runner-up finish in 2004
Steve Huber is in his first season as the Lady Panthers Head Coach after spending seven years as the top assistant at Division I Creighton (Neb.).
Courtesy Truman State University