The Truman women were held to a season-low 19 points in the first half but got the offense rolling when it counted to defeat Rockhurst (Mo.) 63-52 to win their sixth straight conference game. Allie Norton and Kasey Gassensmith provided the spark with 17 and 15 points respectively. Both teams were disjointed offensively totaling six through the first media timeout and Rockhurst holding a 22-19 halftime lead. It was the lowest first half point total by the Bulldogs in nearly a year. Consecutive hoops by Norton midway through the second half gave the Bulldogs a lead they would not let go of. Truman would score 14 of the next 20 points to take control then used their strong free throw shooting to nail the game shut.
The Bulldogs were 16-of-16 in the final five minutes from the line, 20-of-23 in the final 10 and 27-of-31 (87.1%) for the game.
Norton tied a Truman single-game record by going 10-of-10 at the line with a minimum of eight free throw attempts. Gassensmith was the star from the field as she led Truman with five field goals made and was 5-of-6 at the stripe for 15 points.
Amy Briggs was the third Bulldog in double-figures with 10 points and added seven assists. The Bulldogs were limited in rebounding as the Hawks held a 43-31 advantage but Truman forced 16 Rockhurst turnovers. Mary Dineen led Rockhurst with 15 points with Lauren Meyers adding 11. It is the first six-game winning streak in conference play in school history and they will look to extend on Saturday afternoon when they return to the Kansas City area and face William Jewell (Mo.) at 1:00 p.m.
The Cardinals fell to Quincy (Ill.) 69-56 on Thursday evening.
Courtesy Truman State University