The Truman Women's Basketball team will look to begin a new winning streak as they welcome two founding members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference to Pershing Arena this week.
The Bulldogs will host the University of Southern Indiana on Thursday and Bellarmine (Ky.) University on Saturday as the team looks to secure a spot in the GLVC postseason tournament. About the Bulldogs (14-5; 8-3 GLVC)
Winners of eight of their last nine games, the Truman Women's Basketball team sits in third place in the West Division of the GLVC.
The Bulldogs trail Quincy (Ill.) by two games and Drury (Mo.) by one game in the standings. Junior Allie Norton leads a host of Bulldog players in double-figure scoring with a 13.6 points per game mark that jumps to 15.2 in league games only.
Truman is the only team in the GLVC that has five players averaging in double-figures in conference games.
Senior guard Amy Briggs is second at 12.5/13.5 per game, Nicole Gloor (12.1/12.5, Bianca Szafarowicz (10.8/10.0) and Courtney Strait (9.6/10.5) are the others in double-figures. As a team, Truman is averaging 80.5 points per game while allowing 66.5.
They are shooting 40.1% from three that leads the GLVC and 43.6% in conference games from outside.
Truman also is atop the league ledger in free throw shooting at 78.5% overall and 80.1% in conference. Truman closed the month of January with an 8-1 record with a victory on Thursday against Missouri S&T 80-52.
February started just like January, with a loss, as the Bulldogs lost 93-86 to Drury (Mo.) University on Saturday afternoon.
The loss to the Lady Panthers snapped an eight-game overall winning streak and a 23-game home court streak dating back to February 1, 2012. Truman vs. Southern Indiana (Thursday 5:30 p.m. â?? Kirksville, Mo.)
This is the fourth meeting and first since 2008 between the Bulldogs and Screaming Eagles. USI won 67-50 in Evansville on December 22, 2008 and 82-78 in Kirksville on December 18, 1999.
Truman's win came in the first meeting, a 100-87 victory on December 21, 1998 in Evansville. . Screaming Eagles Last Time Out: Southern Indiana is on a three-game winning streak following a 100-49 thrashing of McKendree (Ill.) on Saturday.
USI held the Bearcats to just 24% shooting on the day while making 14 threes and grabbing 19 more rebounds in the rout. All 14 players scored for the Screaming Eagles with Anna Hackert scoring 11 with 14 rebounds. Common Opponents: Truman and USI have eight common opponents and each are 6-2 against the eight with the losses coming against Drury and Lewis.
Both teams have road wins at Wisconsin-Parkside, Rockhurst (Mo.) and William Jewell (Mo.) and home wins against Missouri S&T, Illinois-Springfield and McKendree (Ill.)â?|are 14-5 overall but 4-4 away from the home court in Evansvilleâ?|USI was 17-10 last season with a 9-9 league mark, they fell 79-61 to Indianapolis in the first round of the GLVC tournament
Anna Hackert was a first-team all-GLVC performer last season, averaging 14.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per gameâ?|Ariel Barnes earned GLVC Defensive team honors as a junior last seasonâ?| About the Screaming Eagles: Junior Anna Hackert leads the GLVC in scoring, averaging 19.9 overall and 20.6 in league-only contests
Hackert is second in conference rebounding at 11.3 per night
USI is second in league games in defense allowing 64.6 per game and first in field goal defense at 37.1%.
Courtesy Truman State University