CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- Jenny Roy (Brentwood, Tenn.) recorded her second-straight double double, and the Belmont University women's basketball team (10-5) claimed a 80-71 victory at Austin Peay (6-9) Saturday afternoon at the Dunn Center to improve to 2-0 in OVC action.
The sophomore Roy finished with a career-high 17 points, 11 rebounds and a team-high five assists as she put together another strong performance after notching her first career double double this past Thursday at Eastern Illinois. Fellow sophomore Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) also finished with 17 points as she shot 6-of-7 from the floor and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. The point guard knocked down at least five or more three's for the fifth time this season.
Roy and Maggard were two of four Bruins to finish with double figures as Kylee Smith (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Sally McCabe (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) each finished with 12 points, respectively. Saturday marked the second-straight game four Belmont players scored in double figures.
Belmont led just 37-35 at the half, but outscored Austin Peay 21-14 in what was a pivotal third quarter.
"I'm really proud of our team's second half response. We challenged them to play better defensively, and those adjustments helped us pull out a win today. Really we played solid defense until the last few minutes of the game, and had a few let downs which let them get the score under double digits. Overall we fought hard on the defensive end which in turn led to offense," said Belmont Head Coach Cameron Newbauer. "We got the job done tonight to improve to 2-0 in conference play."
The Bruins finished shooting 50% from both the field (28-of-56) and three-point range (8-of-16). In a matchup that featured two of the top rebounding teams in league, the Bruins held a 34-26 on the boards. Belmont led for over 37 minutes and outscored the Govs, 38-26 in the paint.
"We defended well against their post players in the second half and on offense we did a great job of getting out and running and getting our guards going," added Newbauer. "Jenny Roy tonight was fantastic, she just does so many things well and can impact the game in so many ways. We love her versalility and she certainly showed it today."
The Bruins opened the game with a 6-0 run, and held the Govs scoreless for nearly three minutes. After the score was tied at 12-12 with 2:21 to play in the first, the Bruins closed the frame on a 10-1 scoring and led 22-13 after the game's first 10 minutes were in the books. Belmont came out of the gate hot, shooting 9-of-14 in the first quarter and Lauren Thompson (Franklin, Tenn.), Maggard and Smith all had six points at the quarter's end.
In the second, the Governors fought back and outscored Belmont, 22-15 to trim the gap to just 37-35 in favor of Belmont at the intermission. After the Govs cut into the Bruin lead early on in the second quarter, Paris Lawson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) scored six-straight points to give the Bruins a 30-21 lead with 7:26 remaining in the quarter. But Belmont would endure a small scoring drought and back came Austin Peay, as the Govs utilized an 8-0 scoring run to cut the lead to just one at 30-29 with 4:14 left on the clock. Belmont never trailed in the quarter, but the teams jockeyed back and forth. The Bruins finished the first half shooting 14-of-29 (48.3%) from the floor and 4-of-9 (44.4%) from distance.
Belmont opened up the second half on an 11-0 run and held the Govs scoreless for over 4:30 minutes to begin the stanza. In the third, the Bruins outscored the Govs 21-14 as the momentum shifted in favor of Belmont after the host Governors fought back in the second. The third quarter belonged to Maggard as the sophomore guard poured in 11 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the floor, which included three three-pointers. Maggard helped energize the Bruins knocking down several highlight reel worthy jump shots and Belmont led 58-49 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, Austin Peay made things interesting with a late rally, closing the game on an 11-5 run but Belmont ultimately held on for its seventh road win of the season.
Austin Peay featured four in double figures led by Terra Banks' 17 points. Banks had 12 at the half but the Bruins limited her to just five second half points including a scoreless third quarter when Belmont pulled ahead.
Belmont next takes the floor Thursday, Jan. 5 when it hosts the defending OVC regular season champion UT Martin Skyhawks for a 4 p.m. tilt at the Curb Event Center. Note: Thursday's game will be televised nationally on ESPNU and will be the first time ever that a home Belmont women's basketball game will reach a national audience.