Amy Briggsâ?? three-pointer with a minute left to play broke a 63 all tie and a steal by Becka McHenry gave the Truman Womenâ??s Basketball team a 73-67 victory over host California Baptist University in the first game of the Ayers Inn & Suites Classic on Monday night.
Truman will return to the hardwood on Tuesday to face NAIA third-ranked and undefeated Vanguard (Calif.) at 7:00 p.m. Briggs scored seven of her nine points in the final one minute and 40 seconds of a game that featured 11 ties and 11 lead changes. Truman (7-1) led by as many as six points in the first half and again in the second but the Lancers (6-2) used some defensive pressure and scored six straight midway through the final 20 minutes to take a four point lead at with just over 12 minutes left to play. Allie Norton ended the Lancersâ?? run with her fourth triple of the night and the two teams stayed within one possession of each other down the stretch. Briggs tied it with a pair of free throws at the 1:41 mark and following a steal by Nicole Gloor, Briggs drilled a left 45 triple off a pass from Gloor to give Truman the lead for good at the 1:05 mark. McHenry then tipped a pass that was grabbed by Bianca Szafarowicz and McHenry, Briggs and Szafarowicz would finish the game going seven of eight from the foul line to close things out. Megan Sharpe tied McHenry with game high honors with a career-high 13 points and each grabbed a team leading seven rebounds.
Truman dominated the glass as they outrebounded the Lancers 38-20 and had 17 second chance points compared to just four for CBU. Norton finished with 12 on her four made threes and Gloor was the fourth â??Dog in double-figures with 11. California Baptist was led in scoring with 14 points from Myriah Hicks. Truman will face Vanguard University on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
The Lions defeated the Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University Bearcats 66-63 and are undefeated on the season at 6-0 while being ranked third in NAIA Division I Womenâ??s Basketball.
Courtesy Truman State University