For the fifth time in program history, the Truman women’s basketball team reached the 20-win plateau as Amy Eagan’s Bulldogs finished 20-10 while advancing to the quarterfinal round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference postseason tournament.
The Bulldogs did it with a strong defensive effort as they held opponents on average to 55 points per game and set a school record with 130 blocked shots in a season. Of the 130 blocked shots, 59 came from senior Michalina Tomczak. She earned third-team all-conference honors and led the league in blocks. Her season total was the second-most by a Bulldog player, and she finished her career as one of only three Truman players to block more than 100 career shots.
Joining Tomczak on the all-conference team was senior guard Courtney Strait on the second team. Strait led the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game and will leave Truman with the most games played in a Bulldog uniform (115) and highest free throw shooting percentage ever at more than 86 percent.
As a team, Truman set a new school record in conference wins with 13 as they finished third in the GLVC West Division. They defeated Missouri-St. Louis 59-51 in the home tournament game Feb. 28 to set up their quarterfinal game against Quincy (Ill.) at the Family Arena in St. Charles. It was the ninth meeting between the Lady Hawks and Bulldogs over the course of three seasons, and this time Quincy got the upper hand with a 62-49 win over Truman.