The 2013-14 Truman women’s basketball team captured the first GLVC team title for the University when they won the league’s postseason basketball tournament in Evansville, Ind., and returned to the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time since 1999.
The team tied the school record for wins in a season, posting a 22-9 overall record while going 12-6 during the GLVC regular season. Entering the tournament as the No. 7 seed, the Bulldogs dispatched William Jewell in a first-round home game to advance to the tournament site in Evansville.
Once in the Ford Center, the Bulldogs reeled off three double-digit wins in four days to win the title. Senior Bianca Szafarowicz was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by fellow seniors Amy Briggs and Nicole Gloor.
The Bulldogs returned to the NCAA tournament as the No. 8 seed and had the tall task of facing top-seeded Drury on their home court in the regional tournament. Truman gave the Lady Panthers all they had, pushing the nationally-ranked team to overtime before falling 74-68.
Five players averaged in double-figure scoring this season, the first time it has happened in school history, and it was the second-straight 20-win season by the program. Junior Allie Norton joined Briggs on the All-GLVC team as the two guards were among the nation’s best in three-point shooting.