Truman State women's basketball will host Grand View Wednesday at 7
The Truman Women's Basketball team will play their first Great Lakes Valley Conference game when they travel to Quincy (Ill.) University on Saturday for a 5:15 p.m. start against the Lady Hawks. Prior to that, Truman will host Grand View (Iowa) for a non-conference tilt on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday's game can be found on the radio dial at 99.9 FM while Saturday's contest will be heard on 104.7 FM.
Both games will also be available online via CentralMoInfo.com. Brad Boyer will handle the play-by-play duties with a pregame show beginning 15 minutes prior to tip.
Live stats and live video links, if available from the host site, will be available off the women's basketball schedule page on TrumanBulldogs.com
This Week's Schedule:
Truman will return to the court after an eight-day layoff when they host the Grand View (Iowa) University Vikings on Wednesday night.
It will be the first meeting between the two schools since the 1984 season with the Vikings winning three of the four contests.
Truman's lone win in the series came in the 1982 season opener when they won 89-75. The Vikings wins came 75-72 in 1980, 77-59 in 1981 and 81-64 in 1984. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Pershing Arena in Kirksville.
The Bulldogs will then embark on their new GLVC schedule with a road game at rival Quincy University on Saturday evening.
Truman has won the last two meetings over the Lady Hawks, including last season's 62-52 victory in Pepsi Arena. Overall, Quincy is 22-18 over the Bulldogs, their closest cohort in the GLVC.
The Lady Hawks were picked to win the GLVC West Division with 11 first-place votes after going 14-13 overall and 12-6 in the conference. Tip-off from Pepsi Arena on the QU campus is slated for 5:15 p.m.
About the Bulldogs (5-1; 0-0 GLVC)
The Bulldogs wrapped up the month of November with a 5-1 record and have posted a 16-1 mark during the first month of the season over the past three years.
The team won their 18th straight home game dating back to 2011 with an 82-54 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange on November 26.
Four players scored in double-figures with Nicole Gloor leading the way with 16 points off the bench, including six straight within a 45 second span to give Truman the lead for good.
Four Bulldogs have averaged over 10 points per game through the first six with junior guard Allie Norton leading the way at 13.2 points per game, seniors guard Amy Briggs (12.5 ppg), senior forwards Bianca Szafarowicz (11.3 ppg) and Gloor (10.2 ppg) round out the group.
Szafarowicz paces the team in rebounding at 6.2 per game and Truman as a whole averages 45.3 rebounds per game and pulls down, on average 14 more boards against their opponents.
Truman is averaging nearly 85 points per game while allowing just over 60.
They are shooting 43% from the floor with 38% from beyond the arc and 76% from the foul line.
Opponents are shooting 38% overall, 32% from three and 74% from the stripe.
The Bulldogs have forced 35 more turnovers this season and average 18.8 opponent turnovers per game.
The Bulldogs led all three NCAA Divisions in three-point shooting last season.
Truman set a season record with202 treys and shot 41.6% from the arc last year to lead Duke (40.5%), Penn State (39.2%) and Northwest-St. Paul (39.2%) in three-point shooting.
Truman's previous record in three-point shooting was 39% in 1989-90 and 199 triples during the 2007-08 season.
This season, Truman is shooting 38.3% from outside through the first six games going 49-of-128.
Allie Norton is sixth on the Truman career three-pointers made list with 144.
She is one away from fifth place held by Breanna Daniels and five from Susan Theroff's fourth position.
Norton is the career leader in three-point field goal percentage with a minimum of 50 made with a 41.9% rate.
The next closest Bulldog is Nicci Hays, who made 40.7% of her three-pointers.
Early Season Trends:
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.
In the last two games, Truman has converted on 47-of-57 free throw attempts (82.4%).
Courtesy Truman State University