The 23rd ranked Truman women’s basketball team returns three starters and a former starter to lead an effort to get back to the NCAA Tournament. Theo Dean begins his third season, after guiding the Bulldogs to the GLVC Championship game and a victory in their first round NCAA Tournament game against Northwood. Dean wants his team to pick up where they left off….
He referenced the graduation losses of point guard Tiffany Davenport, who was top ten in assists at over six a game, and 6-2 center Katie Jaseckas, who ended up 9th in Truman career scoring (1,271). Coach Dean will employ Ellie Weltha and Maddie Re (ray) to fill the hole in the middle. The two-sport athlete Weltha averaged a double-double with 11.5 rebounds per game. Re sat out last season, but ranked third in the GLVC in rebounding two seasons ago at 9.7 per night….
Hannah Belanger went from GLVC Freshman of the Year, to an All-American last year averaging 18.5 points per game with 69 three-pointers. Dean says Belanger wants to continue to expand her game….
Katey Klucking of Columbia enters her senior season after playing the second-most average minutes per game for a Truman player single-season (36.3) and scoring 11 points per game. Coach Dean says her energy is infectious…
The Bulldogs finished last season at 17-5, with their last two losses to D2 runner-up Drury. Truman State will open the season this Friday and Saturday in the GLVC-GLIAC-GMAC Challenge in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The Bulldogs will play former GLVC foe Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday and Ursuline on Saturday.