Truman used a 10-0 run to start the game to blow by Smithville 67-44 Saturday in the championship game of the 33rd annual Truman Tournament.
Truman used a 10- run to start the game to blow by Smithville 67-44 Saturday in the championship game of the 33rd annual Truman Tournament.
With the win, the 11-4 Patriots captured their first tournament championship since 2001.
Balanced scoring paved the way for Truman, who got eight or more points from six different players.
Becca Strobbe opened the game with a long-range 3-point shot to spark the run, and then went on to dole out eight assists and grab four rebounds to go along with a game-high 18 points.
Sophomore guard Brooke Parton scored 11 points, dished out three assists and added two steals, while freshman forward Kayla Harrell added nine points.
Freshman guard Abby Hix, freshman center Becca Jonas and sophomore center Ashley Guenther all scored eight points for Truman.
Truman missed just three shots from the field in the first half and shot a whopping 84 percent from the floor to take a 40-18 lead into halftime.
The Patriots led by 30 points with just over three minutes to play before emptying its bench against a Smithville team that entered the contest sporting 13 wins in 16 games this season.