NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Belmont University women's basketball team held its annual team banquet on Wednesday, April 19, celebrating one of the best seasons in program history.
All 13 players, four coaches, support staff and friends and family met to commemorate the Bruins' 27-6 season which included its second-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Dr. Rich Tiner, the voice of the Belmont women's basketball team, served as the emcee for the night as the party gathered at the Janet Ayers Academic Center. Belmont President Dr. Robert Fisher addressed the crowd, and spoke at length about the team's togetherness and team play.
Belmont's five seniors Kia Perry (Gallatin, Tenn.), Lauren Thompson (Franklin, Tenn.), Frankie Joubran (Goodrich, Mich.), Meredith Roman (Nashville, Tenn.) and Madison Blevins (Knoxville, Tenn.) were honored. Each senior took center stage to recap their careers and thank the Belmont community.
The Player Awards were one of the evening's highlights as the Bruins selected a teammates name prior to the banquet to give out awards and gifts to each other based on their performance on the hardwood this season and their personalities.
Following the senior recognition, former Head Coach Cameron Newbauer took the podium and expressed his gratitude to the Belmont community while recapping the season and his four seasons on campus.
The banquet finished with an emotionally-charged highlight video put together by graduate assistant Scott Schmelzer.
2016-17: Taking A Look Back
- Belmont's 27 wins were the most in its Division I Era and second-most in OVC history (28 Morehead State)
- Belmont became just the fourth team in OVC history to register an undefeated record in conference play and win the OVC Tournament Championship in the same season
- Belmont won a program record 21-straight games which was the second longest streak in OVC history (22 Austin Peay)
- BU won 20 or more games in consecutive years for the first time since the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons and its 51 wins over the last two seasons are the most in a two year span since the 1993-94 and 1994-95 campaigns when Belmont was an NAIA program.
- Belmont ranked nationally in the Top 20 in 15 different statistical categories including
- 3rd in rebounding margin, 14th in assists and 13th in three-pointers made
- Belmont saw three players (Smith, Maggard and McCabe) named to All-OVC First Team for second-straight year
- Smith was one of six to receive the OVC Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2016-17 season which is the highest individual honor that can be earned by OVC student-athletes
- Belmont's 77.6 points per game average was its best turning Division I
- Belmont led the league in scoring, scoring margin, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, three-point field goals made, rebounding margin, assists and assists to turnover ratio
- The team received votes in four-straight Associated Press polls (weeks 16-19) for the first time in program history and on March 6th (week 18) the Bruins received 29 votes which was the highest total in Belmont Athletics' history
- Belmont finished No. 2 in ESPNW's Final Mid Major Poll