The Truman Women's Basketball team picked up a big early season road win as they downed the University of Southern Indiana 83-72 on Thursday night in Evansville.
The win came against a USI team that was 10-3 and 3-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Two of their losses came by a combine seven points to the two teams that played in the NCAA Division II Championship game last season (Ashland-Ohio and Central Missouri). The victory was a milestone win for Bulldog coach Amy Eagan as she became the all-time leader in coaching wins with 101, surpassing Mary Jo Murray's seven year total of 100.
Rachel Edmundson led four Truman starters in double figures with 18 points while Sloane Totta followed up her career-high 20 on Saturday with 17 points. Brooke Bailey and Mackenzie Bray both had 14 apiece.
The game featured six ties and 13 lead changes with Truman (13-2; 4-1 GLVC) leading after one 14-13 and at the half 40-35.
The Screaming Eagles (10-4; 3-1 GLVC) scored five straight early in the third quarter to take a 46-42 lead. Totta scored the next four for the Bulldogs to tie the game. USI went back in front on a pair of free throws before Edmundson knocked down a triple and scored again to give Truman the lead they would not relinquish.
The Bulldogs had an answer for every USI push as the lead was never more than two possessions over the next 10 minutes.
Following a steal by Rachel Steinhoff, Allison Thomas finished off the fast break with a hoop that led to a 10-3 run and their first double-digit lead of the night with 3:12 to play. Thomas made her first career start and finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
The Bulldogs outscored the Screaming Eagles by 18 from beyond the arc and by 15 at the free throw line. Truman was 8-of-19 from distance and 29-of-39 at the line.
Imani Guy led USI with 16 points, Ashley Johnson had 14 and Mikayla Rowan scored 11 with 11 rebounds.
Truman will wrap up their four-game road trip with an afternoon affair at Bellarmine on Saturday. The Knights will enter 8-4 overall, 2-2 in the GLVC following 73-66 home win over Quincy on Thursday.
Courtesy Truman State University