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      Truman State Womenâ??s Basketball team ready for the road

      Fresh off debuting in the national rankings, the 22nd-ranked Truman Womenâ??s Basketball team will embark on a stretch of six of their final eight games away from Pershing Arena starting on Saturday afternoon against Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University in Bolivar, Mo. Tip-off is at 1:30 p.m. The Bulldogs (15-3; 8-2 MIAA) entered the Womenâ??s Basketball Coaches Association/USA Today Sports Top 25 this past Tuesday for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.

      Truman had received votes in five previous votes this year but were propelled into the number 22 spot following a 57-55 double overtime victory over Fort Hays (Kan.) State last Saturday at home. Truman scored the final seven points in regulation with Jennifer Conwayâ??s two free throws with 17 seconds left knotting the game at 41 apiece.

      The Bulldogs battled back from a three-point deficit in the first overtime with Allie Nortonâ??s jumper at 19 seconds tying the contest at 50.

      From there, Truman led by as many as five in the second OT and held on without scoring for the final 3:11 of the period to preserve their third straight and eighth win in their last nine games. While being held to a season-low four points against FHSU, senior Becka McHenry had six steals with three coming in the extra time. McHenry leads Truman at 13.5 points per game while also averaging 5.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per night.

      Sharpshooting guards Allie Norton and Amy Briggs both average over 10 points per game and have combine for 86 of the teams 134 three-pointers this season.

      Norton has 45 triples for a 44.6% shooting percentage while Briggs has 41 and a 40.6% shooting percentage. Southwest Baptist (9-9;4-6 MIAA ) has won three straight and is coming off a 69-62 victory over Lindenwood (Mo.) University on Thursday night at home.

      Jaqcui Zelenka notched a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds and the Bearcats went 15-of-20 from the foul line. Brook Duncanâ??s three-pointer with 1:50 left to play broke a 57 all tie. The Bearcats are 8-2 at home and are getting a dozen points per game from Chasity Prince and Jacqui Zelenka.

      SBU is shooting 42% from the field, 35% from three, making 122 of 349 attempts and 67% from the foul line. They are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game. The Bulldogs and Bearcats each played in the same tournament during the Christmas break in California.

      Truman defeated California Baptist 73-67 but lost to Vanguard (Calif.) 65-57. SBU lost to Vanguard 66-63 and to California Baptist 80-58. Truman has won four straight and five of the last seven against Southwest Baptist.

      Truman won in Kirksville last year 79-54 and in Bolivar on February 4 77-68. Jacqui Zelenka scored 19 in the only game she played against Truman last year while Becka McHenry averaged 21 in two games and dished out 18 assists against SBU.

      Overall, SBU leads Truman 30-17 in the all-time series between the two schools.

      This is the first of two games against Southwest Baptist as the two will meet again in Kirksville on February 14. Coaches:The Bulldogs are under fifth-year head coach Michael Smith, who has an overall record of 63-63.

      Truman is 32-13 over the past two years and 13-4 in the MIAA since last February 1st.

      He is fourth all-time in victories at Truman and is 40-52 in conference games.

      Smith was previously at Division I, Arkansas-Little Rock is a graduate of Central Methodist (Mo.) and a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State. Todd Voss is in his second season at Southwest Baptist and his 19th season as a basketball coach.

      His Bearcats were 9-17 overall last year and 4-16 in the MIAA. Voss is a former assistant coach at Drake (Iowa) University. Voss is 134-64 in six seasons as a collegiate head coach.

      Courtesy Truman State University