Truman State women's basketball hits the road for the second win in a row
The Thursday/Saturday swing for the Truman Women's Basketball team will take them to the banks of the Ohio River. The Bulldogs will play Southern Indiana in Evansville on Thursday before trekking east to Louisville and Bellarmine University on Saturday.
The Bulldogs are 12-2 overall and 3-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and split last week's trip through Chicago and Indianapolis. Truman was thumped by #20 Lewis 86-56 last Thursday but did the thumping on Saturday to the Greyhounds by a 73-51 margin.
Junior Sloane Totta tied a Truman single-game record by going 8-of-8 from the field in the win over UINDY and notched her first 20-point collegiate game. Totta hit all eight field goal attempts, including two from beyond the arc and both at the free throw line while adding three assists and two steals to her stat line. Sarah Sommer was the last Bulldog player to go at least 8-for-8 from the field doing it in a game against Westminster (Mo.) College in November 2002. Other top shooting performances in Truman history were Jeanette Cleven (10-11) against McKendree in 1987 and most recently Cassidy Clark (8-9) against UW-Parkside in 2016.
Totta is among four players that have started all 14 games this season and are hovering right around 10 points scoring per night. Senior Brooke Bailey, who has played in 98 career games entering the week, leads the team at 10.8 points per game, assists with 46 and steals with 18. Katie Jaseckas averages 10 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and is the leader in field goal percentage (.529) and in blocks with 10. Rachel Edmundson averages 9.6 and has played in 97 career games. Edmundson is the leader in three-pointers made with 26.
The fifth starting spot has had three players occupy it. Tiffany Davenport started the first seven games and is the fifth in minutes played per game at 20.6. Maddie Re started the next six games and is the leading rebounder at 8.2 per night. Re has three of the team's four double-doubles and a single-game high 16 boards against Kentucky Wesleyan. Mackenzie Bray started her first game on Saturday at UINDY. Bray scored 10 points, her third double-figure game of the year, and added seven rebounds in 25 minutes.
Southern Indiana, like the Bulldogs, is one of four GLVC teams that have double-digit wins overall. The Screaming Eagles are 10-3 and 3-0 in conference. Drury is 13-0 and Lewis is 11-1. USI swept through the Gateway City with a 84-77 win at Maryville and a 62-60 victory over Missouri-St. Louis last Saturday. Southern Indiana was 26-5 last season and 16-2 in the GLVC while advancing to the GLVC tournament title game and their second NCAA Tournament in the last five years. The Screaming Eagles were picked third in the preseason coaches poll with 155 points and nabbed one first-place vote.
Bellarmine is 7-4 overall and 1-2 in the league and will host Quincy on Thursday night prior to Truman's visit on Saturday. The Knights split their road weekend in St. Louis with a 54-50 win over UMSL and a 92-81 loss at Maryville. Bellarmine was 16-12 last season and 11-7 in the GLVC and were tied with Truman at fourth in the preseason coaches poll with 135 points.
The Bulldogs were ranked nationally last week in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 poll for the first time since February 26, 2013. They were ranked 24thlast week but dropped out of the top 25 following their 1-1 weekend split. The team that defeated them, Lewis, moved up from 20 to 17.
Truman has been ranked in four 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.
The Bulldogs received votes for the sixth straight poll this week. The most weeks Truman has received votes in a poll during a season was 11 during the 2012-13 season.
The number 100 has and will be pretty noticeable in the game notes over the next couple of editions. Head Coach Amy Eagan won her 100thcareer game at Truman on Saturday at Indianapolis and will become the school's all-time leader in coaching wins with her next one. She is currently tied with Mary Jo Murray atop the list.
Three players will be playing in their 100thcareer games over the course of the next three. Rachel Steinhoff will play in game 100 on Thursday night in Evansville. In her 99 previous games, Steinhoff has scored 550 points with 185 assists and has started 64 games. Brooke Bailey has started 52 of 98 career games entering the week and is in the top 10 in three-pointers made with 113 and has scored 672 career points. Rachel Edmundson is the active leading scorer with 767 points in 97 games played and 61 starts.
A total of 30 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.
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