Weekend sports wrap-up: Feb. 19 – Strong start for softball, split weekend for basketball

Strong start for softball

Truman State University softball: 3-0 overall.

The Truman State University softball team won three games in its opening tournament this weekend at Trevecca Nazarene University outside Nashville, Tennessee. The Bulldogs shut out Ursuline College 4-0 Friday before beating Urbana University 12-7 and Davenport University 3-1 in a Saturday doubleheader. The strong start marks the first time since 2014 the Bulldog softball team has opened the season with three straight victories.

Outfielder Christa Reisinger won the GLVC Player of the Week award after going 8 for 10 with a home run and 4 RBI over the course of the weekend. Right-handed pitcher Lauren Dale won GLVC Pitcher of the Week after appearing in all three games — including two complete game wins — throwing a total of 15 innings while only allowing one earned run.

Basketball splits Kansas City road trip

Truman State University women’s basketball: 20-5 overall, 11-4 and No. 3 in GLVC
Truman State University men’s basketball: 13-12 overall, 8-7 and No. 8 in GLVC

Both the Truman men’s and women’s basketball teams went 1-1 in their weekend road series against conference opponents from the Kansas City, Missouri, area. With the victory, the women’s team has now won 20 games in a season for the first time in program history.

The women’s team fell Thursday to the William Jewell College Cardinals 86-72. After a close first half, the Cardinals pulled away in the third quarter, scoring 26 points. Guard Sloane Totta led the Bulldogs with 17 points over the course of the game, but Truman committed 18 personal fouls, and the Cardinals converted on 17 of 18 free throw opportunities. The team turned around Saturday to beat the Rockhurst University Hawks 74-66, and Totta again set the high-scoring mark with a season-high 28 points while playing all but 4 minutes of the game.

The men’s team beat William Jewell 98-83 in its Thursday matchup. Five Bulldogs registered 10 or more points, and guard Brodric Thomas led the pack with 24. On Saturday, the team fell to Rockhurst 75-69. Truman was winning at halftime, but after a steady back-and-forth for most of the second half, the Hawks scored five unanswered points in the final 22 seconds of the game to seal the victory.

Quick notes

The scheduled weekend baseball series between Newman University and Truman in Wichita, Kansas, was canceled. There is no scheduled make-up date at this time.

The Bulldog wrestling team managed one win in its weekend dual against Div. I Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The team competes at the NCAA Regionals next weekend.