Women’s Basketball Hosts FGCU and Stetson This Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont women's basketball team (4-12, 3-2 A-Sun) will conclude its three-game home stand at the Curb Event Center this week with a tough pair of matchups. The Bruins face off against Florida Gulf Coast (14-2, 6-0 A-Sun) on Thursday night and take on Stetson (15-3, 6-0 A-Sun) on Saturday evening.
FGCU comes to Nashville looking to extend its six-game win streak and remain atop the Atlantic Sun standings with an unblemished mark. The Eagles stand at 14-2 overall and are undefeated in conference play, sporting a 6-0 mark. Florida Gulf Coast is led in scoring by Sarah Hansen, who is averaging 13.0 points per game. Also averaging in double digits are Nicoya Jackson and Kelsey Jacobson, who are adding 12.0 and 11.8 points per contest, respectively. Hansen also leads the team in rebounds, grabbing 5.9 per game.
FGCU leads the all-time series, 6-1.
Senior Haley Nelson (Scottsboro, Ala.) notched her sixth double-double of the season after tallying her 1,000th career point as she helped the Belmont women's basketball team defeat rival Lipscomb in part one of the annual Battle of the Boulevard last Saturday afternoon. The Bruins grabbed a double digit lead midway through the second half and did not look back en route to their 64-54 victory. For the second time this season, three Bruins reached double figures in scoring in a game. Nelson netted a game-high 17 points and pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds to lead Belmont. Nelson also became just the 26th Belmont women's basketball player to cross the 1,000-point plateau. Redshirt junior Katie Brooks (Maryville, Tenn.) added a career-high 15 while junior Alyssa Visbeen (Franklin, Tenn.) contributed 13 points. Freshman Adrienne Tarrence (Bowling Green, Ky.) finished with two blocks.
Belmont continues to be led in scoring by senior Haley Nelson (Scottsboro, Ala.), who is averaging 14.2 points per outing. She also leads the team in rebounds, pulling down 7.5 boards per contest. BU has four players shooting at a 71 percent clip or higher from the charity stripe. Sophomore Julianne Downs (Franklin, Tenn.) is firing at 84.6 percent while senior Tristan Daniel (Waynesboro, Tenn.) and sophomore Molly Ernst (Louisville, Ky.) are hitting 75 percent of their attempts.
Three Bruins continue to make their presence felt in NCAA Division I statistics this week (as of 1/8). Nelson continues to stand among the best statistically among all NCAA Division I players in a whopping five categories. Her highest rankings are 51st in field-goal percentage (.510) and 82nd in blocked shots per game (1.7). She is also ranked 183rd in rebounds per game (7.5), 213th in points per game (14.2), and 261st in steals per game (1.9). Brooks made the national cut for a third week, coming in at 221st in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.04) and 278th in assists per game (3.0). Sharp-shooting sophomore Molly Ernst (Louisville, Ky.) is ranked 179th in three-point field goals per game (1.8).
Tip off on Thursday is slated for 7 p.m. The contest can be heard live via the internet on the Bruins Sports Network and seen on ASun.TV. Live stats and a Twitter feed (@BelmontWBB) will also be available.