Truman State women's basketball team starts regular season play on Friday
The 47th season of Truman Women's Basketball will tip off in Music City USA this weekend as the Bulldogs take to Nashville, Tennessee for the Great Midwest Athletics Conference/Great Lakes Valley Conference Challenge.
The Bulldogs will face host Trevecca Nazarene on Friday at 7 p.m. then turnaround and face Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday at 5 p.m. Following those two games, the Bulldogs will play their home opener on Tuesday against Missouri Western at 5:30 p.m. in Pershing Arena.
Friday and Saturday's game will be available for video and live stats through the Trevecca Nazarene website (tnutrojans.com). Tuesday's game will be available on radio at 104.7 FM KRES and simulcast on the GLVC Sports Network (glvcsn.com/Truman). The radio broadcast will also be available online at centralmoinfo.com or iheartradio, searching for KRES. Live stats will be provided through TrumanBulldogs.com
About the Bulldogs:
Truman was 15-11 last season and 10-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Leading scorer and rebounder Katie Jaseckas was named All-GLVC Second team and Freshman of the Year last season while Rachel Edmundson and Sloane Totta were named to the All-GLVC Third team.
Jaseckas shot 57.4% from the field and averaged 11.5 points and pulled down 8.2 rebounds per game last year. She tallied seven double-doubles with a high point total of 26 against Illinois Springfield on February 24 and a high rebound total of 18 against Drury on January 15. She was the third Truman player to earn conference Freshman of the Year honors and also headlined the GLVC All-Freshman team.
Edmundson earned her second straight all-conference honor and was second in scoring at 8.4 points per game. She knocked down a team-high 27 three-pointers last season and scored in double-figures in 12 games including the final five straight.
Totta was named to the All-Freshmen Team in 2017 and was a third-team choice last year. She joined Jaseckas as one of two Bulldogs to play and start in all 26 games last year and was the team leader in assists with 60. Four of her six double-figure scoring games last season came in the final seven games last year as the Bulldogs won five straight to finish the regular season.
Other key returners for Truman include a pair of redshirt seniors. Brooke Bailey has started 38 of 84 career games and is among the career leaders in three-pointers made with 276. She has averaged 6.2 points per game and shots 32% from distance. Rachel Steinhoff is the active leader in assists (172) and steals with 54. Steinhoff has started 64 of 85 career games and averages 6.1 points per game.
Senior Mackenzie Jerks has come off the bench in 58 career games, 21 coming last season. Junior Taylor Koper has been in 15 career games and averaged 1.5 points in eight last season. Sophomore Tiffany Davenport made one start and played in all 26 games last year. Davenport knocked down 40% of the three-point attempts and dished out 42 assists. Sophomore Maya Mouton provided support for Jaseckas in the post. Mouton played in 22 games with a 2.6 points per game average.
Newcomers include redshirt freshman Maddie Re and true freshmen Katey Klucking, Makenzie Bray and Allison Thomas. Re pulled down 13 rebounds in Truman's 92-86 exhibition loss to Western Illinois on October 28 and scored 15 points with seven rebounds in the exhibition win over Illinois College. Klucking averaged 15 points 6.2 rebounds and earned all-state honors as a senior at Columbia's Rock Bridge High School. Bray was a four-time all-state honoree at Glenwood High School in Springfield, Illinois and Thomas was a member of three state championship teams and averaged a double-double at St. Thomas Aquinas in Olathe, Kansas.
Head Coach Amy Eagan enters her sixth season on the Bulldog bench. She is within 12 wins (88) of becoming the all-time leader in coaching wins at Truman and has a 164-134 record in 10 years as a head coach. She is 88-54 at Truman and 55-35 in the GLVC.
The Bulldogs were picked to tie for fourth in the GLVC preseason coaches' poll with Bellarmine University. Both teams garnered 135 points with Lewis (Ill.), Drury and Southern Indiana taking the top three spots.
The Trojans were 10-18 last season and 8-14 in the GMACCallie Hackett led the Trojans in scoring last year at 16.6 points per gameHackett took a team high 318 shots with 130 from beyond the arcshe hit 54 three-pointers (41.5%) and shot 87% at the free throw line to be named honorable mention all-GMACThe Trojans averaged 62.2 points per game with 6.4 three-pointers and 14.1 turnovers per game last yearthey were picked eighth in the GMAC preseason coaches' poll out of 14 teams.
Series with Trevecca
This will be the third meeting with the Trojans with Truman winning both of the prior two games. The Bulldogs won 82-70 in 2013 and 80-62 in 2014 both in Nashville.
Scouting Kentucky Wesleyan
The Panthers were picked to finish sixth in the GMAC after a 15-12 overall and 11-11 conference record last seasonthe team averaged 70.4 points per game with eight three-pointers and nearly 17 turnovers per game last seasonJenna Martin and Keelie Lamb both averaged 12 points per game last seasonLamb was an honorable mention All-GMAC player and reached double-figures in 17 games played.
Series with KWC
The only meeting between the two schools happened in Nashville in 2014 with the Bulldogs prevailing 64-49. Truman replaced the Panthers in the GLVC in 2013.
Scouting Missouri Western
The Griffons won nine of their first 10 games last season but then faltered to a 13-18 overall record and 4-15 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics AssociationMissouri Western was picked to tie for sixth in the coaches poll and eighth in the MIAA media pollthey return three honorable mention all-MIAA players in Melia Richardson, Dossou Ndiaya and Cera LedbetterRichardson averaged 11.3 points last season in 31 games playedthe team averaged 60.4 points with 4.9 three pointers and 14.5 turnovers per game.
Series with Missouri Western
The old MIAA rivals have met 68 prior times on the court with the Griffons holding a distinct 50-18 advantage. Last year in St. Joseph, Ashley Hartwig scored 21 and Katie Jaseckas added 20 in Truman's 77-68 win. Brittany Atkins and Savannah Lentz scored 16 for the Griffons. Truman has won three of the last four meetings with Missouri Western and this will be the Griffons first visit to Pershing Arena since an 80-64 loss to Truman in 2012.
Courtesy Truman State University