RECAP: Truman Finishes Strong in Win Over Newman
TOPEKA, Kan. - The Truman State University women's basketball team outscored Newman 25-14 in the fourth quarter and made nine of its 10 free throw attempts in the final 10 minutes on Friday night inside Lee Arena. Because of that, the Bulldogs defeated the Jets by six, 75-69, in the first game of Washburn's Parrish Hotels Thanksgiving Classic.
After the first-ever meeting between the two teams, Truman improved to 3-1 on the season while Newman fell to 5-3 and has dropped three of its last four games after a 4-0 stretch to begin the year.
The Bulldogs were led by a pair of scorers with 15 points apiece including Ashley Hartwig (pictured) and Katie Jaseckas with a career high on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Hartwig also paced the Purple and White in rebounds and assists with eight and five, respectively, while Jaseckas was on top in blocks (two) and Remy Davenport notched a game high three steals.
Aside from making 17 of its 21 attempts at the charity stripe, Truman once again used unselfish play to come away with the victory. The Bulldogs racked up 19 assists on 26 made field goals to just eight dimes on 24 made shots for the Jets. This season, the Purple and White have tallied at least 16 assists in all three of their wins.
Despite four ties at 8-8, 17-17, 19-19, and 22-22, Newman led Truman for the entirety of the first half including a nine-point advantage, 38-29, with 3:56 to play until halftime. The Bulldogs proceeded to end the second quarter on a 9-2 run that cut the deficit to two, 40-38, and went into the locker room with some momentum on their side.
The third quarter was the tightest one of the contest as it featured four ties and six lead changes. Truman finally broke through as it went ahead for the first time at 42-41 and led twice more at 44-43 and 46-45. With that being said, Newman kept the pressure on and pushed its lead to nine for a second time at 55-46 with two minutes and change left in the period.
The Jets led by five, 55-50, with 10 minutes to play and after a 7-2 run to open the final quarter, had their biggest advantage of the night at 10, 62-52. From there until the final buzzer, the Bulldogs tightened up the screws and outscored Newman 23-7 en route to the six-point decision. In those final eight minutes and eight seconds when everything changed, Truman shot 6-of-12 from the floor and 9-for-10 at the free throw line. In comparison, the Jets managed to make just three field goals in 12 attempts and only had two looks from the charity stripe (1-of-2).
Next up, Truman will face host Washburn on Saturday with the tip set for 3 p.m.