NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont women's basketball returns home to host Wright State (8-2) on Monday, Dec. 18 at the Curb Event Center.
ABOUT THE BRUINS
Belmont's currently riding a five-game win streak to boast an impressive 9-2 record on the season. The squad's only two losses have come to nationally ranked opponents. BU will close out its nonconference home slate holding a perfect 4-0 record inside the friendly confines of the Curb Event Center.
BU's offensive production has been led by veterans Kylee Smith (Alpharetta, Ga.), Sally McCabe (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) and Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) who are all averaging at least 13.7 points per game. As a team, the Bruins are averaging 80.0 points per game while shooting an impressive .461 clip from the field, a mark that ranks 28th in the nation. Belmont leads the conference in assists, scoring margin, filed goal percentage, assist turnover ratio, and three-point field goals made.
The squad has out-rebounded their opponents in nine of their 11 games, winning all such games while averaging 43.9 rebounds per game. BU is outscoring its opponents by a margin of 21.0 points, having poured in at least 70 points in all but one of its first 11 contests.
LAST TIME AROUND
This will be just the second meeting between the Bruins and Raiders, the first resulting in a 55-62 loss for Belmont on neutral grounds. It will be the first time the two teams square off in a decade.
HOME SWEET HOME
Over the last three seasons the Bruins have been nearly impossible to beat at home, boasting an unprecedented 31-1 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 25-0 when scoring at least 80 points over the last three seasons. The Bruins have already scored 80+ seven times in the 2017-18 campaign. The Bruins 91-point win over the Bisons marked its 22nd game scoring at least 90 points in the last 21 years, they boast a perfect record in such games. They are 117-1 when scoring 90+ points all-time.
Belmont has had at least four players score in double figures in six 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. Six players have tallied double digits twice this season against Trevecca and at Lipscomb.
Belmont boasts a 32-13 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.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Belmont currently ranks nationally in the top-20 in 10 categories, including assist turnover ratio (3rd), three-point field goals attempted (4th), three-point field goals made (5th), three-point field goals per game (5th), defensive rebounds per game (5th), turnovers per game (6th), assists (11th), assists per game (14th), scoring margin (17th), and rebounds (20th).
Sally McCabe ranked ninth in all of NCAA Division I with 95 blocks and 12th in blocks per game with 2.88 during her junior campaign. Her 95 swats were the most in a single season in program history. McCabe's 215 career blocks sit second in program history and third in OVC history. She has rejected 17 shots thus far in her senior season.