Truman State women's basketball to face Lewis in GLVC Tournament
The Truman women will square off with the defending Deaconess GLVC Tournament Champions when they face Lewis (Ill.) University at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday night at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.
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 pay-per-view live video, is provided through the conference and will be available on the women's basketball schedule page on TrumanBulldogs.com
About the Bulldogs (19-8; 12-6 GLVC)
Truman advanced to the quarterfinal round after dispatching No. 10 William Jewell (Mo.) College on Sunday afternoon 70-58.
With the Bulldogs up just two with nearly 10 minutes to play, Amy Briggs caught fire by scoring 17 points over a seven minute span to pull away from the Cardinals and advance to face the Lewis Flyers on Thursday.
Briggs' 22 points was the third straight time the senior had tallied over 20 in a game and seventh time this season.
She took hold of the team lead in scoring at 13.7 points per game while shooting 45% from three with 102 assists.
For the first time in school history, an unprecedented five Bulldogs average over 10 points per game this season.
Joining Briggs is Allie Norton at 13.1, seniors Bianca Szafarowicz at 11.9 and Nicole Gloor at 11.6 and sophomore Courtney Strait at 10.9. Truman is averaging 80.2 points per game, just the fourth time a Bulldog team has averaged over 80 in a season, set single-season highs in three-pointers made with 215, free throws made with 567 and have the best free throw shooting percentage at 78.4%.
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 entered the week third in the nation and first in the GLVC in three-point shooting at 40.2% and fifth in the country and first in the conference in free throw percentage.
Truman vs. Lewis (Thursday, 6:00 p.m. â?? Evansville, Ind.)
Only the second meeting between the two schools with the first coming on January 3rd in Romeoville, Ill.
The Flyers defeated the Bulldogs 98-72, which was the most points allowed by the Bulldogs this season.
Mariyah Henley scored 26 points and Jess Reinhart added 23 for the Flyers, who outscored the Bulldogs 44-22 in the paint.
Following the game, Truman won a school-record eight-straight games.
Lewis Last Time Out:
The Flyers earned a first round bye by capturing the GLVC East Division with a 22-4 overall record and a 15-2 league mark.
They finished the season sweeping the three games in their pod winning in overtime against Illinois Springfield 82-77, against McKendree (Ill.) 75-63 and against Wisconsin Parkside 69-56. Mariyah Henley scored 29 points and had 12 rebounds in the victory over the Rangers last Thursday.
About the Flyers:
GLVC Player of the Year, Mariyah Brawner-Henley was the only player to average a double-double this season in the league.
Brawner-Henley averaged 18.7 points and 12.4 rebounds, leading the league in both categories
Conference Tournament History:
The Bulldogs improved to 2-1 in conference postseason tournament home games with their win over William Jewell on Sunday.
Truman has never been to a conference tournament championship game, advancing to the semifinals rounds on two occasions, in 1999 and against in 2008.
The Bulldogs have won two MAIAW State Championships in 1979 and 1982 and finished second in 1980 and 1981.
The program has clinched their third straight winning season with an 19-8 record.
It is the third straight year that women's basketball will finish above .500.
It is only the second time in program history that the team has had three straight winning seasons as the team strung together five from 1977-1982.
Truman tied for most conference wins with 12 that was last was accomplished last season and again in 1999-2000.
The Bulldogs are 68-41 (.631) over the past four seasons, 45-32 (.597) in league games and 40-12 (.775) in games played in Pershing Arena during that span.
If advancing, the Bulldogs will play the winner of the session's nightcap game between No. 3 seed Quincy and No. 6 seed Southern Indiana on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs are 1-1 against the Lady Hawks, losing in December 79-75 but winning last Thursday 70-59. Truman defeated Southern Indiana on February 6 in Kirksville 74-57.
Coutesy Truman State University