Truman State Women's Basketball starts its 2013 season Monday

The 2013-14 Truman Women's Basketball season will tip-off with three games next week starting on Monday night when they open the campaign at home against Stephens (Mo.) College at 5:30 p.m.

This Week's Schedule:

Truman will play Stephens (Mo.) College for the fifth time in program history and first since an 81-52 victory to open the 2005-06 season.

The Bulldogs will then take part in the Winstead-Reeves Classic on the campus ofNorthwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

Truman will play the host Bearcats at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Lincoln (Mo.) University at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

About the Bulldogs (0-0; 0-0 GLVC)

New leadership and a new conference highlight the beginning of the Bulldog Basketball season.

Truman All-American Amy Eagan returned to campus and was named Head Women's Basketball coach this past summer replacing Michael Smith and the Bulldogs switched from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association to the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Three of the five starters from last year's 20-8 team return this season led by the nation's top three-point shooter Allie Norton (10.9 ppg).

The junior led all of Division II last season with a 45.2% three-point shooting prowess knocking down 71 triples over the course of the season.

She is joined by seniors Nicole Gloor (9.3 ppg) and Bianca Szafarowicz (4.4 ppg/4.8 rpg).

The third senior of the trio is Amy Briggs (8.4 ppg) who played in all 28 games, making two starts and shot 38% from beyond the arc and was second on the team with 84 assists.

Truman averaged 68.5 points per game last season while allowing a school record 57.1 points per game.

The Bulldogs did not allow an opponent to score over 70 in all but one game last year.

The team shot 42% from the floor, 41.6%, which led all three NCAA Divisions from three, 76.6% from the foul line and out rebounded opponents 36.0 to 31.1 per night.

It was the third time in school history that Truman won 20 games in a season and first since the 1998-99 team.

The Bulldogs finished 13-0 in Pershing Arena and were mentioned in 11 WBCA/USA Today Coaches Polls with a peak of 19 in early February.

Head Coach Amy Eagan played for the Bulldogs from 1995-99 and is fourth all-time in scoring (1527 points, seventh in rebounds (643) and first in assists (529).

She holds the Truman single-game scoring record with 46 against Southern Indiana in 1998.

As a coach, Eagan spent the last three years at Ashford (Iowa) and two years at St. Ambrose (Iowa).

She has a collegiate coaching record of 76-80 with two 20-win seasons.

On the court, five new players have been added to the roster in Tawny Tucci, Ashley Ploudre, Megan Walsh, Linnea Schmelzer and Britney Boland. Tucci is a transfer from Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) and is a sophomore while the other four are true freshman.

Also returning this season after missing all of last with injuries are sophomores Sarah Gaeddert and Allison Wiese.

Courtesy Truman State University