The 25th ranked Truman State women's basketball team will be home Thursday night
On the heels of a successful 3-1 road trip, the Truman Women's Basketball team returns home for the start of four straight games. The Bulldogs begin the homestand on Thursday night hosting Missouri-St. Louis at 5:30 p.m. and will continue Saturday with Maryville University visiting.
Truman reentered the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 poll with their 14-2 overall record and 5-1 league mark. They checked in at number 25. The two schools that defeated Truman this year, Lewis is at number 18 and Lindenwood is at number 24. Drury takes the number two spot in the poll and is atop the GLVC with a 15-0 overall record and 5-0 GLVC mark.
The Bulldogs are riding an eight-game home winning streak dating back to last season, including the last six conference games on the Pershing Arena court.
With wins at Indianapolis, Southern Indiana and Bellarmine, the Bulldogs won the final three games of their four-game road trip to start 2019. Last Thursday, Truman pulled away from the Screaming Eagles in the fourth quarter for a 83-72 win and on Saturday the defense held Bellarmine to under 25% shooting in a 65-49 triumph.
The three players that have started all 16 games for Truman are also their leading scorers. Brooke Bailey leads in scoring (10.8 ppg) and assists with 52. Rachel Edmundson is averaging 10.3 points and is the top three-point shooter with 33 makes and Sloane Totta is averaging 10.2 points and is second in assists with 42.
Katie Jaseckas has started 14 games until coming off the bench in the last two and is averaging 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Maddie Re has six starts and is the leading rebounder at 8.3 a night and has four double-doubles. Allison Thomas and Makenzie Bray started both games last week. Thomas has the most free throws made with 43 (81%) and averages 6.9 points while Bray has 14 steals and averages 6.4 points per game.
Missouri-St. Louis broke a three-game skid when they defeated McKendree69-64 on Sunday. The Tritons are 8-7 overall and 2-4 in the GLVC. In their only meeting last season back on December 2, 2017 in Kirksville, the Bulldogs defeated UMSL 71-66, however that proved to be a turning point for the team. UMSL would finish the year winning 18 of their final 22 games before falling in the GLVC tournament semifinals to Drury 69-66.
Maryville will play at Quincy on Thursday night and will enter the week riding a similar three-game winning streak. The Saints are 4-2 in the league and have already played two opponents twice. They have split with McKendree and swept Illinois Springfield. Their other two conference games were a loss at home to Southern Indiana and a win at home to Bellarmine.
Truman reentered the WBCA poll this week, marking the second time this season they have placed within the top 25. Truman picked up 33 votes to edge Pittsburg State (30) and the defending national champion, Central Missouri (26) in the survey.
The Bulldogs were first ranked two weeks ago when they were at number 24.
Truman has been ranked inside the top 25 in five weekly polls since 2004, peaking at 19 on February 5, 2013. However, the team is 2-5 in games played following a top 25 national ranking.
It is the seventh poll this season that Truman has picked up votes in. The most weeks Truman has received votes in a poll during a season was 11 during the 2012-13 season.
100 and 180:
Mentioned last week that the number 100 will be noticeable in the weekly notes, you can add the number 180 as well.
Senior Rachel Edmundson will be playing in her 100thcareer game on Thursday night, joining teammates Brooke Bailey and Rachel Steinhoff to hit that benchmark in consecutive games. Edmundson is two points shy of 800 for her career and in a race with Bailey up the Bulldog three-pointers made rankings. Edmundson has 113 makes from range, which is good for 10thon the charts, while Bailey has made 117 and is ninth. Eighth on the list is Amy Briggs with 133.
The number 180 is prevalent when looking at career assists of three guards at Truman. Steinhoff is the active career leader in helpers with 187 but Bailey is closing in with 185. Sloane Totta has joined the party as well with 183.
Finally, Head Coach Amy Eagan sets a new record for every game her team wins. Last week, Eagan topped 100 career coaching wins at Truman to become the all-time leader in victories.
A total of 32 players have played at least 100 career games in the Bulldog uniform. Courtney Strait has the most career games at 115 and Carol Jarrard and Allie Norton have the most career starts at 112.
Bulldog Bites: Truman is averaging 72.2 points per game with a high of 93 against Barry on December 18 and a low of 59, twice.
Truman has won the glass in all but four games this year and has a rebounding margin of +5.4. Their two losses are the only games this season in which they lost the rebounding margin by 10 or more.
The Bulldogs are eighth in the conference in scoring offense and sixth in scoring defense.
Truman has taken the most three-pointers of any school in the GLVC with 363 with Maryville next with 327. The Bulldogs are shooting 32.2% from outside and make 7.3 triples per game.
Ten players have played in all 16 games and all have averaged near or over 10 minutes per game.
Only one other time in Truman history have they played this deep into a season without picking up their third loss. The latest in a season was in 1999 when they went 15-2 before falling to Missouri Western on January 30.
Sloane Totta has started all 70 games in her Bulldog career and has the most career starts of any active Truman player. Totta averages 7.7 points per game and has 539 career points and 183 career assists.
Maddie Re has four of the five double-doubles this season and has pulled down 8.3 rebounds per game, good for sixth among all GLVC rebounders. She is the only freshman in the top 15 in the conference rebounding race.
The Bulldogs have won two games this year when entering the fourth quarter trailing. Since the quarter system started in 2014-15, Truman is 5-31 when trailing entering the fourth quarter. When leading entering the fourth, Truman is 59-6.
Truman has won 14 of their first 16 games for the second time in school history. The 1998-99 team started the season 15-2 before dropping four of their next five games.
About Missouri-St. Louis:
The Tritons have had a roller coaster of a ride in 2018-19. After finishing last season 18-4, UMSL dropped their first three games out of the gate to Davenport (Mich.) Grand Valley (Mich.) State and neighbor Lindenwood (Mo.). The bounced back winning seven of their next eight games but when the calendar changed to 2019, the Tritons lost three straight until Sunday's win at McKendree 69-64.
The Tritons are 11thin the GLVC in scoring offense at 66.7 points scored per game and fifth in scoring defense at 63.3 points allowed. They are last in the league in defensive field goal percentage with opponents shooting 43% against and in blocked shots with 1.6 per game.
Senior Arielle Jackson is fifth in the conference scoring race with 16 points per game. Jackson has made 32 three-pointers this season to also rank fifth in the league. Sophomore Alex LaPorta is 20thin scoring in the GLVC at 11.6. LaPorta is the top rebounder in the conference at 10.5 per night.
History with Missouri-St. Louis:
The Bulldogs and Tritons have a deep history that runs back to their days when both were members of the old Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Truman leads the all-time series 20-18.
Since joining back up in the GLVC, the teams have played 10 times with each winning five games apiece. Counting Thursday's game, this will be the fifth of the last six games played against UMSL to take place in Kirksville.
Last year, the team's met in the conference opener and the Bulldogs prevailed 71-66. Now assistant coach Remy Davenport knocked down four three-pointers and Katie Jaseckas matched Davenport with 16 points to lead the Bulldogs that afternoon. Five of the seven players that played for UMSL scored in double-digits led by 15 from Arielle Jackson.
UMSL won the glass 41-29 but a 12-0 run by the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter was the difference in the victory.
In a reverse from the 18-4 Missouri-St. Louis went after getting defeated by the Bulldogs last season, Maryville went 1-7 after beating the 'Dogs 82-80 a year ago. The Saints enter the week 10-5 and have a season-best three-game winning streak. They will play at Quincy on Thursday. Maryville was 7-17 last year and 4-14 in the GLVC. They have already matched last year's conference win total.
The Saints are fourth in the conference in scoring at 74.1 points per game and 10thin defense at 69.6. They are second in three-pointers attempted with 327 (Truman is first with 363) but are 11thin three-point shooting percentage at 30%. They are 13thout of 14 teams in three-point defense with opponents shooting 35% from range.
Maryville has three players in the top 30 in scoring. Mary Barton, who originally signed with the Bulldogs, leads the Saints in scoring at 14.1 points per game. Barton is ranked ninth in scoring and seventh in three-pointers made with 31. She is also second in the conference in free throw shooting at 88% and fourth in assists with 4.27 per game. Kayla Steward (12.9 ppg) and Stephanie Sherwood (10.8 ppg) are also among the league leaders in scoring.
History With Maryville:
The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 8-4 but the last two games have gone the Saints way each by two points. In their last visit to Pershing Arena, Alex Wolf made a put back on a missed shot at the buzzer to upset the Bulldogs 80-78 in the opening round of the GLVC postseason tournament. The Saints were seeded 11thin the tournament that season.
Lighting struck again last year as Kayla Steward made a basket with 4.2 seconds left to lift the Saints to an 82-80 win over Truman. Maryville led by nine with 2:34 left but Rachel Edmundson went on a personal 7-0 run to pull Truman back to within two with a minute to go. Brooke Bailey gave the Bulldogs the lead with a three-pointer with 12 ticks showing but Steward hit a jumper from the free throw line that stood up as the winner. Ali Ringering led Maryville with 15 points while Truman was led by Katie Jaseckas' 18.
Rollin' Down The Ohio River Recap:
Truman picked up their fifth weekend conference road sweep since joining the GLVC in 2014 with wins over Southern Indiana and Bellarmine. Rachel Edmundson was the leading scorer in both Truman victories with 18 points against the Screaming Eagles and 13 against the Knights.
Allison Thomas made her first start of the season in Thursday's win and pulled down 10 rebounds. Maddie Re came off the bench in Saturday's victory to record her fourth double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
As a team, Truman shot 40.8% overall last week and 45% from three-point range going 17-of-37. Edmundson had seven of the 17 made triples and six different players each had a three-pointer.
Truman Individual Conference Rankings:
Scoring: Brooke Bailey (10.8/30th)
Rebounding: Maddie Re (8.3/6th); Katie Jaseckas (6.1/14th)
Field Goal Percentage: Katie Jaseckas (.523/11th)
Assists: Brooke Bailey (3.25/12th)
Free Throw Percentage: Allison Thomas (.811/13th)
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: Brooke Bailey (.380/11th)
Three-Point Field Goals Made: Rachel Edmundson (2.06/8th); Brooke Bailey (1.69/14th)
Assist/Turnover Ratio: Brooke Bailey (1.27/13th)
Offensive Rebounds: Maddie Re (2.63/6th)
Defensive Rebounds: Maddie Re (5.63/6th); Katie Jaseckas (4.13/15th)
Truman returns home for their longest home stand of the season with four straight in Pershing Arena. That stretch will start on Thursday, January 17 with Missouri-St. Louis with Maryville, Illinois Springfield and McKendree to follow.