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Truman State women's basketball beats Illinois-Springfield 72 to 70

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Sloane Totta had big final minute of Truman's 72-70 victory over Illinois Springfield on Thursday night.

After Illinois Springfield went up 67-60 with 52 seconds left to play, Totta assisted on Katie Jaseckas' layup to put Truman on top. She then grabbed a defensive rebound off a three-point miss and converted on four free throws, the final two coming with 3.4 seconds to break a 70-70 tie.

Truman led the entire first half and by as many 14 points in the third quarter but UIS closed the third with an 11-0 run to tie the game at 52 apiece.

Totta scored the first bucket of the quarter to put Truman back in front but Lauren Ladowski's hoop gave UIS their first lead of the game at 55-54.

Brooke Bailey went on a personal 6-0 run and Truman scored nine of the next 11 to lead 66-59 with 4:07 left.

UIS countered with eight straight with Jasmine Sangster knocking down a pair of free throws to give the Stars the lead at 67-66 with 52 seconds remaining.

Out of the timeout, Totta set up Katie Jaseckas for a layup and Truman leapfrogged back on top.

Ellie Mitchell missed a right wing three and Totta swooped in for the board and was fouled. She converted on both free throws and Truman led by three with 23 seconds left.

Tehya Fortune made her fifth three-pointer of the game with 13 seconds left and things were knotted again at 70.

Truman called their final timeout for advancement and Totta received the inbounds pass with the clock ticking. Jaseckas came out to clear the lane and Totta took off on the dribble drive only to be fouled on the way by Sangster with 3.4 seconds left. Totta calmly knocked down both attempts that stood as the game winners.

Totta finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Rachel Edmundson led all Truman scorers with 16 points and Bailey added 14. The Bulldog starters accounted for all but eight points on the night and overall shot 38% for the game. Truman was 8-of-24 from distance with only two coming in the second half, however at the line the team was 20-of-22.

Fortune led UIS with 15 points and was 5-of-8 from distance. The Stars dumped in 11 triples on the night and shot 48% from range. They were 9-of-15 at the foul line after entering the game as the conferences' top free throw shooting team at 78%.

Truman, now 16-3 and 7-2 in the GLVC, will host McKendree on Saturday afternoon in the final game of a four-game homestand. The Bearcats downed Quincy 60-44 on Thursday night. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.

Courtesy Truman State University

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