A 17-4 finish by the Truman Women's Basketball team lifted the Bulldogs to 3-0 on the young season as they downed Missouri Western 84-67 in the regular season home debut.
Katie Jaseckas, who knocked down a big three pointer to give Truman the lead at the half, finished with a game-high 18 points. Redshirt freshman Maddie Re notched her second double-double in consecutive games with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Griffons (2-1) led 23-13 early in the second quarter behind a fiery start by Katrina Roenfeldt. The junior connected on all three three-point attempts and finished with 20 points in the contest.
Western had a chance to go for the last shot and take the lead into the locker room at half but Melia Richardson took an ill-advised shot with 16 seconds left and Rachel Edmundson gathered in the rebound. Tiffany Davenport found Jaseckas alone at the top of the arc and she rained in a triple as the buzzer sounded, giving Truman a 34-33 advantage.
The Bulldogs would fly into the third quarter scoring 30 points while getting to the free throw line 14 times, making 11. The Bulldogs took a nine-point advantage at 64-53 with 1:48 left.
Western scored eight straight to climb back to within three at 64-61early in the fourth but Re knocked down a triple to squelch the rally. Truman scored 17 of the final 21 points in the game and pulled away for the win.
Truman shot 47% overall and made 8-of-22 from outside and 22-of-33 at the line. They won the glass for the third straight game claiming 39 boards to the Griffons' 25. Truman had 16 on the offensive end and outscored Western 20-5 in second chance points.
Jaseckas was 5-of-8 from the field with two threes and 6-of-8 at the line for her first double-digit scoring game of the season. Sloane Totta added 13 points and Brooke Bailey poured in 10.
Truman will head to Quincy this Friday for their Tip-Off Classic. They will face Wayne (Neb.) State at 5 p.m. on Friday before facing Winona (Minn.) State on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Courtesy Truman State University