Truman State was picked to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s Central Division in the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ poll released today (Wed.). The Bulldogs picked up nine first-place votes and 65 total points to sit atop the Central Division comprised of Lindenwood, Maryville, Missouri-St. Louis and Quincy. The Lions grabbed four first-place votes and 56 total points while the Saints had two first-place nods and 46 total points. The Tritons and Hawks garnered 35 and 18 points respectively.
Defending league champion Drury grabbed the most respect by the coaches with 14 first-place votes and 70 total points in leading the charge in the West while Southern Indiana seized 10 first-place choices and 66 total points to be picked first in the East.
In response to adjustments needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GLVC regular season will feature three divisions and a 22-game schedule, where teams play every divisional opponent twice – home and away – four random non-divisional opponents twice – home and away – and every other non-divisional opponent once. The top-eight teams with the most points derived from the GLVC Point Rating System at the end of the regular season will earn a berth to the GLVC Basketball Championship Tournament March 4-7 on campus sites of the higher-seeded teams.
The Bulldogs embark on their 22-game slate starting next Friday (November 27) at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. They will then travel to Indianapolis on Sunday to complete the road swing. Truman State has all four central division teams in December with trips to Missouri-St. Louis (December 5), Lindenwood (December 12) and Maryville (December 18) before hosting Quincy on December 20.