NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont women's basketball kicks off OVC action on the road to take on SEMO (5-7) and UT Martin (4-8). The Bruins will first head to Southeast Missouri on Thursday, Dec. 21 to take on the Redhawks at 5:15 p.m. inside the Show Me Center. They will then take on the Skyhawks on Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center with a 4 p.m. tip.
ABOUT THE BRUINS
Belmont heads into conference play coming off a historic victory over neighborhood foe Vanderbilt, scoring the most points in a game in the program's Division I era (111 points). The squad finished its non-conference slate with a 10-3 record. Two of their three losses game to nationally ranked teams, the other coming to a talented Wright State team that was ranked in the mid-major polls.
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 14.1 points per game. As a team, the Bruins are averaging 82.5 points per game while shooting an impressive .470 clip from the field - a mark that ranks 20th in the nation. Belmont leads the conference in assists, scoring offense, filed goal percentage, free throw percentage, assist turnover ratio, three-point field goal percentage, and three-point field goals made.
The squad has out-rebounded their opponents in 10 of their 13 games, winning all such contests while averaging 43.2 rebounds per game. BU is outscoring its opponents by a margin of 19.8 points, having poured in at least 70 points in all but one of its games.
LAST TIME AROUND
The Bruins hosted both the Redhawks and the Skyhawks inside the Curb last season, routing both squads. BU kicked off its undefeated conference slate with a 71-66 victory over UT Martin and an 89-77 win against SEMO in the early goings of OVC play a year ago. Belmont was led by a double-double from Jenny Roy (Brentwood, Tenn.) (12 r, 10 p) against UTM while Sally McCabe charged the team versus SEMO with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
THE MORE THE MERRIER
BU holds an impressive 26-1 mark when scoring at least 80 points over the last three seasons. The Bruins have already scored 80+ nine times in the 2017-18 campaign. The Bruins historic 111-point win over the Commodores marked its 23rd game scoring at least 90 points in the last 21 years, they boast a perfect record in such games. They are 118-1 when scoring 90+ points all-time.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
Belmont women's basketball has dominated the Ohio Valley Conference the previous two seasons, compiling a 19-3 mark against such opponents. They've also won back-to-back OVC tournament titles to earn consecutive NCAA tournament berths. Last year BU registered a scoring margin of +14.5 in league contests, averaging 79.9 points per game while shooting .496 from the field.
BU was picked to finish first in the OVC preseason poll, garnering all but two first place votes. In addition to the team topping the poll, Darby Maggard and Sally McCabe were named Co-OVC Player of the Year while Kylee Smith earned All-OVC First Team accolades. The Bruins were also ranked seventh in College Insider's Mid Major Top 25.
Last year the Belmont men's and women's basketball teams collectively boasted a 31-1 mark in conference play, the best combined mark among men's and women's programs in the nation. The women's basketball team went 16-0 on OVC action.
Belmont has had at least four players score in double figures in seven 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 three times this season against Trevecca, at Lipscomb and at Vanderbilt.
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 (3rd), three-point field goals made (3rd), three-point field goals per game (5th), assists (6th), turnovers per game (8th), defensive rebounds per game (10th), assists per game (11th), rebounds (15th), scoring margin (17th), free throw percentage (18th), and field goal percentage (20th).
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