Women’s Basketball Travels to Chattanooga for Non-Conference Road Finale

2011-12 Belmont women's basketball team
2011-12 Belmont women's basketball team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont women's basketball team (2-8) returns to the road for its final non-conference matchup of the season this week.  The Bruins travel east to take on in-state rival Chattanooga (5-3) on Thursday night.


The Lady Mocs are in the middle of a three-game win streak heading into this week's matchup with in-state rival Belmont.  Chattanooga sports an overall record of 5-3.  UTC has a trio of players scoring in double figures led by Whitney Hood, who is averaging 12 points per game.  She is followed by Kayla Christopher and Kylie Lambert, who are adding 11.6 and 10.4 points per outing.  The team in led in rebounding by Taylor Hall, who is pulling down 8.8 boards per contest.


Chattanooga, who leads the all-time series 7-3, has won the last four meetings between the programs including a 66-61 win in the Curb Event Center last season.


The Belmont women's basketball team slipped to 2-8 on the season after being unable to capitalize on a strong first half performance.  The Bruins fell to future Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Kentucky, 60-46, on the road.  Senior Haley Nelson (Scottsboro, Ala.) led the Bruins with a game and season-high 22 points.   Senior Cacy Burtnett (Cleveland, Tenn.), sophomore Molly Ernst (Louisville, Ky.), and Nelson pulled down five rebounds apiece.   Redshirt junior Katie Brooks (Maryville, Tenn.) and freshman Adrienne Tarrence (Bowling Green, Ky.) each finished with four assists.


BU is led in both scoring and rebounding by Nelson, who is averaging 13.8 points and 6.7 boards per outing.  She also leads the team in blocks (16) and steals (20).  Tarrence continues to lead the team and stands seventh among all Atlantic Sun players in assists with a total of 31.   Junior Alyssa Visbeen (Franklin, Tenn.) and Burtnett are two of the most dangerous Bruins behind the arc, knocking down 38.1 and 36.4 percent of their attempts.  Sophomore Julianne Downs (Franklin, Tenn.) leads the team at the charity stripe, firing at an 84.6 percent clip.


Three Bruins continue to make their presence felt in NCAA Division I statistics this week.  Nelson made appearances in four categories.  Her highest rankings are 60th in field-goal percentage (51.3) and 100th in blocked shots per game (2.0).  Nelson is also ranked 233rd in points per game (13.8), and 262nd in steals per game (2.0).  Tarrence is ranked 247th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0) and 288th in assists per game (3.1) while Ernst is ranked 231st in three-point field goals per game (1.7).


Thursday night's contest can be heard live via the internet on the Bruins Sports Network.  Live stats, video and a live Twitter feed (@BelmontWBB) will also be available.  Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. CT.


Belmont at Chattanooga Game Notes