SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Sloane Totta and Katey Klucking both scored in double-figures to lead the Truman Women’s Basketball team to a 67-52 win over Northern Michigan on Friday evening. The Bulldogs return to the O’Reilly Family Events Center on the Drury University campus on Saturday night for a showdown with the University of Central Missouri.
The Bulldogs (4-1) outscored the travel weary Wildcats (3-4) 22-11 in the first quarter including a 14-3 run over the final five minutes of the opening period. Northern Michigan endured an 18-hour travel day due to flight problems coming to Springfield for the tournament.
Truman kept the pressure on in the second and a Tiffany Davenport three-pointer in the final minute of the half gave Truman their largest lead of 18 points at 40-22. The Bulldogs extended the advantage out to as many as 21 on one of four Klucking three-pointers on the evening at 60-39 midway through the fourth quarter.
Klucking was 4-of-7 from range for 12 points while Totta scored 13 on three triples and two other baskets. Katie Jaseckas led the rebounding charge with nine and Davenport finished with a high of five assists.
The Bulldogs shot 39.7% for the game and made 12-of-30 three-pointers. Northern Michigan got 16 points and 11 rebounds from Erin Honkala but shot 34% as a team and 7-of-21 from outside.
Truman will take on former MIAA foe and 2018 NCAA Division II champion Central Missouri as the nightcap on Saturday. The two teams last met in 2013. The Jennies had a chance to defeat #1 Drury on their home court in the earlier game on Friday but a late forced turnover that resulted in a postgame technical foul gave the Lade Panthers a 57-54 win over Central.
Tip is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.