The Bulldogs enter their first year of GLVC play after spending the past 31 seasons in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Truman was 161-351 (.314) in the MIAA but had posted a 33-27 record the past two years.
Truman is the newest school of the 16-team league that is celebrating its 35th anniversary as a conference.
Former member Northern Kentucky has won the most GLVC championships with eight followed by current members, Lewis (Ill.) Southern Indiana and Saint Joseph's with five apiece.
The Flyers of Lewis defeated the West Division champions, Maryville (Mo.) to capture last season's GLVC title 76-61. GLVC Preseason Poll:
Truman was picked fourth in the West Division of the GLVC Preseason Coaches' Poll with 73 points and one first-place vote.
Quincy (Ill.) garnered 11 first-place votes and 112 overall to sit atop the division in the poll followed by Maryville (Mo.) and Missouri S&T. Lewis (Ill.) grabbed 11 first-place votes to lead the East Division followed by the University of Indianapolis.
Though early in the season, Truman's 84.5 points per game is the highest scoring mark in school history.
The Bulldogs have averaged over 80 points for a season three other times, 1998-99 (81.0), 1990-91 (81.9) and 1989-90 (84.4). Last season, Truman averaged 68.5 points per game.
The Bulldogs lead the GLVC in rebounding margin (+13.8) and offensive rebounds per game at 18.5. They are second in three-pointers made per game at 8.2.
The bench is averaging 33.2 points per game while Truman is also averaging 22.5 points per game off of turnovers and 18.2 points per game in second chance points.
Allie Norton has the team's single-game point high of 25 against Stephens (Mo.). Amy Briggs has a pair of 21 point games and Kasey Gassensmith also has a 20-point performance (22 vs. Stephens).
Truman has had as many as five players in double-figures in scoring in three of the six games and no fewer than three players cracking over 10 points per game.
The Bulldogs open GLVC play on December 7 at Quincy (Ill.) and will play 18 league games.
They will play home-and-home games with Quincy, Missouri-St. Louis and Maryville while single-games against everyone else in the league.
Courtesy Truman State University