Truman women pick up another OT win

RENSSELAER, Ind. â?? Allie Norton's three-point play to start the overtime period allowed the Truman women to outlast an upset-minded Saint Joseph's (Ind.) College on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs scored eight of the first nine OT points to win 89-79 and move back into a tie for fourth place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference standings.

Norton's free throws with 1:55 left in regulation allowed the Bulldogs (17-6; 11-4 GLVC) to finally overtake the Pumas (6-17; 3-12 GLVC) after trailing most of the second half. Jasmyne Reynolds tied the game for the 10th time, ten seconds later but neither team could score over the final minute. The Bulldogs had the final possession but couldn't capitalize following an offensive rebound to set up a final chance at the victory.

That didn't faze the Bulldogs as Norton got the steal on Saint Joseph's first possession and raced down the court picking up the basket and foul.

Following Tityana Miller's make and miss from the free throw line, Bianca Szafarowicz connected with Nicole Gloor then grabbing a steal and setting up Courtney Strait from downtown and a seven-point Bulldog lead.

Courtney Kvachkoff cut the cords from distance after a timeout however Amy Briggs returned the favor with 3:01 left to return the margin to seven. Szafarowicz nailed a pair of free throws then got a block and steal on successive Puma possessions that led to Gloor scoring with under a minute left to seal the win.

Truman led by six at the half but watched as the Pumas' came out of the break with two straight three-pointers to tie the game. Saint Joseph's would be red hot from the field in the second half, shooting 63%, including four triples on seven attempts. Saint Joseph's undoing came at the foul line as the Pumas struggled going 12-of-19 (63%) for the game while the Bulldogs were 19-of-24 (79%).

Four players scored in double figures for Truman with Norton leading a trio over 20 points. Norton was 8-of-14 from the field for 24 points while adding six assists in 44 of the 45 game minutes played. Strait had 21 on five triples and Szafarowicz scored 20 on 6-of-8 shooting and 8-of-10 from the line with four of the team's nine steals.

Reynolds paced the Pumas with 22 points followed by Kvachkoff's 18 points in 43 minutes. Kiki Lyons was limited to just five points and six assists before fouling out. The Pumas shot 55% for the game and had nine steals.

Truman will have two of their final three regular season games at home starting on Thursday night against Maryville (Mo.). The Bulldogs defeated the Saints 87-73 back on January 18 in St. Louis. Tip time is slated for 5:30 p.m. from Pershing Arena in Kirksville.

Courtsey Truman State University