Truman State women's basketball to host Quincy Saturday at three
The final two teams with a "bye" in the Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule will meet on Saturday in Pershing Arena. The Truman Bulldogs will host their travel partner Quincy Lady Hawks at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs are putting together a strong resume to be considered for an NCAA Division II tournament berth. They enter the match-up with an 18-4 record overall and 9-3 GLVC mark. They are coming off a six-point loss to the #1 team in the nation, Drury on Saturday, which was only the second time this year that the Lady Panthers did not win a game by more than 10 points.
Truman has won their last three against the Lady Hawks and it will be the first of two meetings in two weeks with their closest rival in the GLVC. Truman won by 10 in Quincy's Pepsi Arena in the only meeting last season and swept the two games during the 2016-17 season. The Bulldogs edged Quincy by five in the 2017 regular season finale and pasted the Lady Hawks by 20 in December 2016.
Quincy has lost four straight and 12 of their last 14 games. Their two wins during that span came on the road at Indianapolis 67-59 and at home to Missouri-St. Louis 77-65. Their other three wins came at home against William Jewell, Hannibal-LaGrange and Missouri Western in November.
Four players average at or near double-digits for Truman. Brooke Bailey leads the charge at 12 points per night followed by Rachel Edmundson at 10.7, Sloane Totta at 10.2 and Katie Jaseckas at 9.9. The Bulldogs have made the most three-pointers than any other GLVC team entering the week in conference games. Truman has 95 triples in 12 league games and is shooting 35.7% from outside. The team has also made more free throws in conference games (173) than any other team and shoots 73.9% from the line.
Truman is inching closer to their sixth "20-win" season in school history and fourth in seven years. They could be the first Bulldog team to win 20 games during the regular season and with at least six regular season games left, eclipse the total wins mark of 22 set in 1998-99 and 2013-14.
A win on Saturday would give Truman double-digit conference wins for the ninth straight season and 12thtime overall. The best record in conference came in 2015-16 when Truman was 13-5.
The two teams will meet back in Quincy on February 23rd.
It's status quo in terms of the WBCA Division II poll for the Bulldogs this week. Truman received votes for the tenth week this season and was one of nine teams listed outside the top 25.
The Bulldogs have been ranked twice this season, number 24 on January 2ndand number 25 on January 15.
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 3-6 in games played following a top 25 national ranking.
The most weeks Truman has received votes in a poll during a season was 11 during the 2012-13 season.
Getting To The Madness:
The NCAA Division II tournament will feature 64 teams, eight from the eight regions. Truman and the GLVC are members of the Midwest region, which is also comprised of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). Each of those three conferences have an automatic spot in the regional tournament and five "at-large" bids will be selected by a Regional Advisory Committee. The first regional ranking will be released on February 20.
The ranking committee will rate teams on the following criteria; overall Division II winning percentage, in-region winning percentage, strength of schedule (opponent's average winning percentage and opponent's opponent's average winning percentage); head to head results, common Division II opponent results, results against teams with a .500 record or better, in-region rating percentage index and a performance indicator index.
100 Career Games:
Three Bulldogs are climbing up the career games played charts, Rachel Steinhoff, Brooke Bailey and Rachel Edmundson.
Steinhoff has played in 107 games, three shy of joining the top 10 in games played in a Bulldog uniform. She has made 64 starts and averages 5.4 points per game. This season, Steinhoff has come off the bench in all 22 games and give the Bulldogs over 15 minutes per game. She has 24 assists and five steals while averaging 2.6 points per game. She is four assists shy of 200 for her career and has 578 career points.
Bailey has played in 106 games and has started the last 30 straight. She is tied for ninth on the career three-point shooting list with 128 makes with fellow senior Rachel Edmundson and has 202 career assists. Bailey leads the team in minutes played this season at 25.8 per game and has the high mark of minutes in a game this season with 35 coming in the overtime win over Winona State back in November.
As mentioned, Edmundson is tied with Bailey in the three-point career chart with 128 next on the list is Amy Briggs at 133. Edmundson has 105 career games under her belt with starts in all 22 this season. She is the active leading scorer with 869 points.
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.
In 12 conference games, the scoring average dips to 70.2 points per game while the scoring defense ticks up to 65.2 points.
Truman has taken and made the most three-pointers overall of any GLVC team. The Bulldogs have made 163 and taken 498. The most three-pointers made in a season was 253 set in 31 games during the 2013-14 season and the most attempts is 607 in 29 games during the 2007-08 campaign.
Nine players have played in all 22 games and Truman has used three different starting lineups. The current lineup of Edmundson, Bailey, Totta, Jaseckas and Makenzie Bray has started the last nine games.
The 18 wins are the most by a team through the month of January eclipsing the previous high of 15 in 1998-99, 2012-13 and 2015-16. They are on the verge of sixth 20-win season in school history and fourth in their last seven years. The school record for wins is 22 in both 98-99 and 13-14.
Truman is also one conference wins shy of reaching double-figures wins for the ninth straight year. The most league wins by a Bulldog squad occurred in 2015-16 with 13 out of the 18 conference games.
Maddie Re has five of the six double-doubles this season and has pulled down 7.8 rebounds per game, good for fifth among all GLVC rebounders. She is joined by fellow freshman Kiara Stewart (UMSL) in the top eight. Stewart averages 7.4 boards per game.
Head Coach Amy Eagan is the all-time leader in Truman coaching wins with 106 in her six years on the Bulldog bench. The Bulldog All-American in 1999 is 106-58 at Truman and 182-138 in her coaching career. Truman is 64-38 in the GLVC and 37-14 in GLVC home games under Eagan.
Truman is 16-9 in GLVC home Saturday games all-time and 32-18 in all GLVC Saturday games.
This season, Truman is 16-1 when taking a lead into half and 15-0 when leading entering the fourth quarter. All time since the quarter system started, the Bulldogs are 58-8 when leading at half and 61-6 when leading after three.
The Lady Hawks are averaging just under 60 points offensively per game and in conference games, they are only team in the GLVC that is below that 60-point per game mark. They are last in the conference in scoring margin at -13.8 and allow 72.3 points per night. Quincy is 14out of 14 in shooting percentages at 36.9%, average 5.3 three-pointers per game and 19.5 turnovers per conference tilt.
Sophomore guard Maddie Spagnola leads the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game and along with fellow guard, senior Michaela Gronewold, account for 60 of the team's 132 three-pointers. Spagnola has 30 to go with 51 assists and 37 steals while Gronewold has 32 threes, shooting 45% from distance with 52 dimes and 25 steals.
History with Quincy:
This is the 52ndmeeting all-time between the two schools and it has been nearly split down the middle. The Lady Hawks hold a slight edge 26-25 all-time but Truman has won the last three. In GLVC games, Truman holds a 6-3 advantage and both teams have won a postseason game against one another. The Bulldogs have won the last five matchups in Kirksville and 15 of their 25 wins have come on the home floor.
Last year in Quincy, Truman was able to break a seven-game losing streak that plagued the team from mid January until mid February. Katie Jaseckas and Ashley Hartwig both recorded double-doubles and the Bulldogs never trailed in the 73-63 win. Jaseckas scored 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Truman led by 10 at the end of the first quarter and by as many as 19 before half.
Quincy closed to within five points midway through the fourth quarter. Jessica Merino paced the Lady Hawks with 16 points in 32 minutes off the bench.
Truman Individual Conference Rankings (All Games):
Scoring: Brooke Bailey (12.0/18th); Rachel Edmundson (10.7/28th)
Rebounding: Maddie Re (7.8/5th); Katie Jaseckas (6.1/1tth)
Field Goal Percentage: Katie Jaseckas (.519/8th)
Assists: Brooke Bailey (3.14/15th)
Free Throw Percentage: Allison Thomas (.825/10th); Sloane Totta (.821/12th)
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: Brooke Bailey (.376/12th); Rachel Edmundson (.358/14th)
Three-Point Field Goals Made: Rachel Edmundson (2.18/4th); Brooke Bailey (1.73/15th)
Blocked Shots: Katie Jaseckas (0.76/15th)
Assist/Turnover Ratio: Sloane Totta (1.39/9th); Brooke Bailey (1.23/11th)
Offensive Rebounds: Maddie Re (2.45/9th)
Defensive Rebounds: Maddie Re (5.36/7th); Katie Jaseckas (4.29/13th)
Truman Individual Conference Rankings (GLVC Games):
Scoring: Bailey (12.3/15th); Edmundson (12.3/16th); Totta (10.6/29th)
Rebounds: Re (6.4/11th), Jaseckas (6.1/T13th); Bray (5.8/T17th)
Assists: Totta (3.42/9th); Bailey (3.08/15th)
Free Throw Percentage: Totta (.794/12th)
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: Edmundson (.413/5th); Bailey (.407/6th)
Three-Pointers Made: Edmundson (2.75/1st); Bailey (2.00/T6th)
Blocked Shots: Jaseckas (0.91/13th); Thomas (0.83/14th)
Assist/Turnover Ratio: Totta (1.58/6th); Bailey (1.28/11th)
Offensive Rebounds: Re (2.25/13th)
Defensive Rebounds: Jaseckas (4.55/11th); Bray (4.33/13th)
Courtesy Truman State University