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Truman State women's basketball falls to William Jewell 52 to 49

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Sloane Totta led Truman with 10 points but her last field goal attempt with two seconds left was blocked out of bounds preserving a 52-49 victory for William Jewell College on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs trailed by eight at 50-42 with 3:38 to play. Katie Jaseckas scored with 2:31 to play and Ashley Hartwig converted on a conventional three-point play with 55 seconds showing to pull Truman to within three.

Following a Cardinal turnover, Totta scored in the paint to close the gap to one with 42 seconds remaining. Jaseckas blocked an attempt by Kayla Harrell and the Rachel Steinhoff grabbed the rebound.

After a timeout, Totta took the inbounds pass, drifted to the right side of the lane and drove down looking for a seam. Totta's shot was blocked by Lindsey McCoy, who in turn was fouled and sunk a pair of free throws to ice the game.

The Bulldogs started the game 1-of-9 from the field but Tiffany Davenport and Steinhoff sandwiched a pair of three-pointers around a bucket from Hartwig for a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Jewell went on an 11-1 run late in the third and Adriana Rodriguez pocketed a triple to give Jewell their largest lead at seven 14 seconds into the fourth quarter. Totta went on a personal 5-0 run to close the gap back to two but McCoy scored four straight quell the rally.

Truman struggled from the field with 18 field goals out of 57 attempts and connected on seven of 31 three-point attempts. The 31 launches from distance matched the season high from the first game of the season against Missouri Valley.

Totta was the only Bulldog in double figures as nine of the 12 players entered scored.

McCoy finished with a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards and was joined atop the scoring ledger by Natalie Closser's 15 points. Jewell shot 43% for the game with four three pointers.

The Bulldogs will play the final road game of the season on Saturday afternoon when they pay a visit to the Quincy Lady Hawks. It will be the 50th all-time meeting with QU as the Lady Hawks lead the series 25-24. Quincy was a 62-59 home winner over Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday.

Courtey Truman State University

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