NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There was nothing that could stop Belmont women's basketball Tuesday night inside the Curb Event Center. The Bruins drained a program-best 19 three pointers in route to a 97-39 victory over Trevecca Nazarene.
Junior guard Maura Muensterman (Evansville, Ind.) was one of seven Bruins to light it up beyond the arc, going 7-for-8 from afar for a career-best 21 points. The only miss she had was her last shot of the evening, previously boasting a flawless mark from three. Nineteen treys not only marked a program-best, but also set a new Curb Event Center record surpassing the previous tally of 17 – recorded by the men's basketball team twice before.
Muensterman wasn't the only player to get a hot hand, as six different players scored in double-digits for the first time since Jan. 9, 2016 against Eastern Illinois. Senior guard Kylee Smith (Alpharetta, Ga.) (17 points) and junior forward Ellie Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wisc.) (11 points) each posted a double-double, registering 12 and 11 rebounds, respectively.
To add to the historical night, Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) became the 30th Bruins to score 1,000 career points at Belmont. The talented guard joined teammates Sally McCabe (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) and Smit, while finishing the night with 10 points and eight assists to her name.
Maggard drains Belmont's 13th trey of the game to hit 1⃣,0⃣0⃣0⃣ career points! pic.twitter.com/ZIR9kZwrR0— Belmont WBasketball (@BelmontWBB) November 29, 2017
The Bruins got down to business in the opening minutes of the game and never let up. They went on a 18-3 run over a four-minute span, hitting six threes to go up 24-7 on the Trojans with 3:27 left in the frame. Belmont ignited their long-distance shooting with 8 shots from beyond the arc in the first quarter to outscore Trevecca Nazarene, 33-9. Muensterman led the charge with three treys.
The magic rolled over into the second quarter as BU sunk back-to-back threes in the first 41 seconds, going up 39-11 with 8:19 left in the half. The Bruins continued to shoot lights out from afar, finishing the half with 13 three-pointers. The 13th came from Maggard with one minute left in the frame, marking her 1,000th career point and putting BU up, 56-20.
It was a different story after the break as the Bruins went 0-7 from three-point range to start the third, having to rely heavily on making shots inside the paint. The cold spell ended with 2:24 left in the frame when Smith and Muensterman hit consecutive long balls to bring the tally to 15, one short of the previous record.
Smith was responsible for the record-setting trey, hitting her fourth of the night to put Belmont ahead, 80-30, with 8:34 left in the game. During a stretch where the Bruins went 6-for-6 from the field, Hannah Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wisc.) collected her first points of the season to set the Curb record as Belmont went on to score 25 in the fourth and cruise by the Trojans.
Trevecca was led by Brittin Boyer and Hannah Eaglen who each compiled seven points.
Belmont shot 45.2 percent from beyond the arc, finishing 19-for-42. Overall the squad was 53.2 percent from the field, a season best shooting effort.
Belmont hosts Presbyterian College on Friday, Dec. 1 inside the Curb Event Center. Tip is scheduled for 11 a.m.