Women’s Basketball Heads to Sunshine State for Pair of A-Sun Matchups
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont women's basketball team (9-14, 8-4 A-Sun) will be looking to extend its recent three-game win streak as it continues its three-game road swing with stops in the Sunshine State this week. The Bruins face off against Stetson (19-6, 10-3 A-Sun) on Thursday night before taking on Florida Gulf Coast (21-2, 13-0 A-Sun) on Saturday.
Stetson welcomes the Bruins to the Sunshine State looking to rebound from a loss at North Florida. The Hatters, who have earned a spot in the 2012 General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Championships, stand at 19-6 overall and 10-3 in league play. SU is led in scoring by Victoria McGowan, who is averaging 16.6 points per outing. Shanasa Sanders and Sasha Sims also average in double digits, adding 13.4 and 11.3 points per contest, respectively. Sims also leads the team in rebounds, grabbing 7.2 per game.
The Belmont women's basketball team handed Stetson its first Atlantic Sun loss of the season back on January 14 in the Curb Event Center. The Bruins defeated the Hatters, 65-58, snapping SU's then-10-game win streak. Sophomore Molly Ernst (Louisville, Ky.) led the Bruins in scoring with 18 points, half of which were netted beyond the three-point arc. Senior Haley Nelson (Scottsboro, Ala.) notched her eighth double-double of the season with 17 points and team-high 10 rebounds. Redshirt junior Katie Brooks (Maryville, Tenn.) added 12 points and a game-high five assists in the effort.
Belmont leads the all-time series, 17-5, including 12 of the last 14 matchups.
Nelson leads BU in scoring, field-goal percentage, rebounding, blocks and steals. She is averaging 14.9 points while shooting at a 52.5 percent clip, pulling down 8.7 boards per outing as well as 2.2 stops and 1.9 swipes per game. Brooks leads the team in assists with a total of 78. Sophomores Ernst and Julianne Downs (Franklin, Tenn.) and freshman Katie Carroll (Lilburn, Ga.) lead the Bruins in shooting at the charity stripe, knocking down 87.5, 84.6 and 83.3 percent, respectively. Visbeen and Ernst top BU's three-point shooters, knocking down 34.0 and 32.9 percent from behind the arc, respectively.
Three Bruins continue to make their presence felt in NCAA Division I statistics this week (as of 2/5). Senior Haley Nelson continues to stand among the best statistically among all NCAA Division I players in a whopping six categories. Her highest rankings are 7th in double doubles (12), 34th in both field-goal percentage (.525) and blocked shots per game (2.2). She is also ranked 76th in rebounds per game (8.7), 161st in points per game (14.9), and 261st in steals per game (1.9). Redshirt junior Katie Brooks comes in at 194th in both assists per game (3.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.13) while sophomore Molly Ernst is ranked 94th in three-point field-goal percentage (.329) and 96th in three-point field goals per game (2.1).
Thursday night's matchup is set to tip-off at 6 p.m. CT. 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.