NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Belmont women's basketball returns home to host Trevecca Nazarene on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The game is slated to start at 6 p.m. inside the Curb Event Center.
ABOUT THE BRUINS
Belmont moved to 5-2 on the season after an impressive outing over the Thanksgiving holiday in the Play4Kay Showcase. The Bruins took on three squads that were either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls, finishing 2-1 in the tournament for a third-place finish.
BU's offensive production has been led by veterans Kylee Smith (Alpharetta, Ga.), Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) and Sally McCabe (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) who are all averaging at least 13 points per game. As a team, the Bruins are averaging 74.1 points per game while shooting .419 from the field. They rank among the top three the conference in assists (1st), three-point field goals made (1st), assist turnover ratio (1st), free throw percentage (2nd), field goal percentage (2nd), and three-point field goal percentage (2nd).
The squad has out-rebounded their opponents 301-253, averaging 43.0 rebounds per game. BU is outscoring its opponents by a margin of 9.7 points, having poured in at least 70 points in all but one of its first seven contests.
Junior guard Darby Maggard is just six points away from joining Belmont's 1,000-point club, a feat that only 29 Bruins have achieved in program history. Maggard has tallied 994 points just seven games into her junior season. Teammates Sally McCabe and Kylee Smith have also scored 1,000+ points in their career.
VIVA LAS VEGAS
The Bruins took third in the Play4Kay Showcase at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas over their Thanksgiving holiday, competing against the best teams in the nation. All three teams Belmont faced (Gonzaga, Stanford, FGCU) were either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls. The team finished the tournament 2-1 to place third only behind then-No. 9/8 Ohio State and then-No. 14/9 Stanford. Kylee Smith was named to the All-Tournament team after compiling 56 points in BU's three games.
Belmont has had at least four players score in double figures in three games so far this season, winning all such games. Kylee Smith has tallied double digits in every game, while Darby Maggard has done so in all but one contest.
HOME SWEET HOME
Over the last three seasons the Bruins have been nearly impossible to beat at home, boasting an unprecedented 28-1 record inside the Curb Event Center. Their only loss in that span came to a Green Bay squad that was receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Coaches poll in BU's home opener last season.
THE MORE THE MERRIER
BU is a perfect 21-0 when scoring at least 80 points over the last three seasons. The Bruins have already scored 80+ twice (at Tulsa and against Samford). The Bruins 90-point win over the Golden Hurricanes marked its 19th game scoring at least 90 points in the last 21 years, they boast a perfect record in such games. They are 114-1 when scoring 90+ points all-time.
Belmont boasts a 28-13 mark in nonconference meetings over the last three seasons. The Bruins are 1-5 in such games against Power 5 programs. Their last victory over a Power 5 institution came at Wake Forest when they defeated the Demon Deacons, 78-64, in 2015.
Kylee Smith has produced a double-digit scoring effort in all seven of Belmont's contests this season. Most recently she was named to the Play4Kay Showcase All-Tournament team with an impressive outing in the three-game tournament, including pouring in 28 points on a career-best 13 made field goals against [--/RV] Florida Gulf Coast.
AMONG THE NATIONS BEST
Belmont finished last season ranked within the top 50 nationally in a staggering 16 different statistical categories. The Bruins were top 20 in 12 categories including scoring offense, field goal percentage, assists, three-pointers made, assist to turnover ratio and rebound margin. They've kicked off the 2017-18 campaign ranking in the top 20 in six categories, three-point field goals attempted (5th), including three-point field goals made (6th), assists (8th), assist turnover ratio (10th), three-point field goals per game (14th), and rebounds (16th).