Truman State Reaches Century Mark in Exhibition with the StarsThe Stephens College basketball team was no match for the NCAA Division II Bulldogs in Monday's 74-point loss
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – (Box Score) Playing in its only exhibition game of the 2013-14 season, the Stephens College basketball team took to the court against Truman State University on Monday (Nov. 11). The Bulldog squad, who finished last season with a 20-8 record, had no problem putting the Stars away en route to a 101-27 win.
After shooting just 16.2 percent from the field against Missouri Valley College on Friday, the Stars managed to bump the number up to 25 percent against the NCAA Division II Bulldogs.
Truman State opened the contest with 10 straight points, before senior guard Jenna Zmyslony ended the Stars’ drought with a jumped at the 17:40 mark. The senior from Barnum, Minn., posted four points, two rebounds and a pair of steals in her season debut following her final season with the Stars’ volleyball program.
The Bulldogs gradually extended their lead to 38 by the end of the first period. At the break, Stephens trailed 52-14. On 2-of-3 shooting and a trifecta of free throws, sophomore forward Dana Heggeman led the Stars with eight points in the first half.
Star guard Seleena Neal, who was limited to two points in the first, scored 11 of the team’s 13 points in the final 20 minutes. Neal finished the game with 13 points, two rebounds, a block and a steal.
At the end of the day, the Bulldogs’ experience and depth trumped the Stars in the runaway victory. TSU made quick work of the Stars’ mistakes, recording 49 points off of turnovers. The Bulldogs also won the battle on the glass, pulling down 30 offensive boards for 30 second-chance points.
Offensively, Truman State had five players in double digits with Allie Norton (25) and Kasey Gassensmith (22) leading the way.
The Stephens College basketball team returns to Silverthorne Arena on Thursday (Nov. 14) with a home contest against Central Christian College of the Bible at 7 p.m. Thursday’s game will mark the first of two meetings between the college from nearby Moberly, Mo., and the Stars.