NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont women's basketball team (11-16, 10-6 A-Sun) hits the road for the final time during the regular season when it travels to games in Georgia this week. The Bruins take on Kennesaw State (13-14, 8-8 A-Sun) on Thursday afternoon and conclude the regular season at Mercer (4-23, 2-14 A-Sun) on Saturday.
Kennesaw State had its four-game win streak snapped last week, falling to North Florida, 64-55. The Owls, who clenched a bid to the 2012 General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Tournament, stand at 13-14 overall and 8-8 in the Atlantic Sun. KSU has two players averaging in double digits - Taylor Mills and Sametria Gideon. The pair is averaging 12.7 and 10.8 points per contest, respectively. Gideon also leads the team in rebounds, grabbing 8.1 per outing.
Back on December 1, catapulted by a strong second half performance, the Belmont women's basketball team notched its first Atlantic Sun victory of the season in the Curb Event Center. The Bruins defeated visiting Kennesaw State, 57-55, to earn their second win of the season. Senior Haley Nelson (Scottsboro, Ala.) led BU in scoring, netting 14 points, followed by redshirt junior Katie Brooks (Maryville, Tenn.), who added 10 points. Pulling down nine rebounds each were Nelson, who was one rebound short of her fourth double-double of the season, and freshman Torie Vaught (Maryville, Tenn.).
Belmont leads the all-time series, 8-4, and has won the last four matchups.
The Belmont women's basketball team sent off its senior class with a huge victory after waging a major come from behind effort to pull out the win over visiting East Tennessee State at the Curb Event Center in its home finale last Saturday. The Bruins held off the Lady Bucs 49-44 to sweep ETSU for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. Nelson notched her 13th double-double of the season with a game-high 15 points and 16 rebounds. Sophomore Molly Ernst (Louisville, Ky.) also reached double figures, adding 12 points in the effort. Junior Alyssa Visbeen (Franklin, Tenn.) and freshmen Adrienne Tarrence (Bowling Green, Ky.) and Vaught each recorded three assists.
Nelson leads BU in scoring, field-goal percentage, rebounding, blocks and steals. She is averaging 14.3 points while shooting at a 51.8 percent clip from the floor, pulling down 8.8 boards per outing as well as 2.1 stops and 1.8 swipes per game. Brooks leads the team in assists with a total of 90. Sophomore Julianne Downs (Franklin, Tenn.) and Ernst lead the Bruins in shooting at the charity stripe, knocking down 85.7 and 84.6 percent, respectively. Visbeen and Ernst top BU's three-point shooters, knocking down 34.0 and 31.8 percent from behind the arc, respectively.
Three Bruins continue to make their presence felt in NCAA Division I statistics this week (as of 2/19). Nelson continues to stand among the best statistically among all NCAA Division I players, making appearances in five categories. Her highest rankings are 13th in double doubles (12), 27th in field-goal percentage (.525) and 36th in blocked shots per game (2.2). She is also ranked 90th in rebounds per game (8.5), and 193rd in points per game (14.2). Brooks is ranked 178th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.16) and 204th in assists per game (3.4) while Ernst is ranked 137th in three-point field goals per game (1.9).
Thursday's contest is set to tip-off at 4:45pm ET. The matchup 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.