NORMAN, Okla. – Belmont women's basketball dropped its season opener to No. 22/21 Oklahoma, 96-73, at Lloyd Noble Center Friday night.
Three Bruins scored in double figures, led by 18 points from senior Sally McCabe (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.). The center was 6-12 from the field, boosted by a 6-8 performance at the line. McCabe was joined by junior guard Darby Maggard (Larwill, Tenn.) who recorded 14 points and senior guard Kylee Smith (Alpharetta, Tenn.) finished the night with 11. Smith led the team, along with junior Jenny Roy (Brentwood, Tenn.), in rebounds with both bringing down nine.
BU (0-1) struggled to find a rhythm early on as the Sooners outscored the Bruins, 29-12, in the first stanza. The hole proved to be too big to overcome, despite the squads efforts to fight their way back into the game. Belmont's slow start was largely contributed to a 1-11 effort from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Bruins found a way to quiet the Sooners in the second frame, holding OU (1-0) without a bucket for more than five minutes while going on a 9-0 run of their own. Smith scored five of her six first half points in the second quarter, while Maggard tallied BU's first and only three-pointer of the half. The team trailed, 49-29, heading to the locker room.
THREE! Roy sinks one beyond the arc and the Bruins have scored on their last three possessions for a 9-0 run.— Belmont WBasketball (@BelmontWBB) November 11, 2017
OU still holding a 61-38 lead.
Oklahoma opened the second half scoring 10 unanswered points to put Belmont down 30 before it got things going. BU settled in and went on a run of their own, putting together an 11-0 run in a two-minute span. The scoring spurt was contributed by a trey from Roy and back-to-back jumpers from Maggard to give the Bruins new life.
Refusing to let up, Belmont outscored Oklahoma, 28-23, in the final frame behind 10 field goals. Sophomore guard Paris Lawson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) hit back-to-back threes as the Bruins worked to claw their way back into the game. While they held the Sooners to just seven field goals, OU maintained a comfortable lead behind a 9-11 mark at the charity stripe.
The Sooners were aided by Vionis Pierre-Louis' 24 points to secure the 96-73 victory over the Bruins.
Belmont heads to Tulsa, Okla. To take on the Hurricanes on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Donald W. Reynolds Center. The game is slated to start at 2 p.m. CT.