CHARLESTON, Ill. – Junior guards Jenny Roy (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) each registered a double-double as Belmont women's basketball remained perfect in conference play with an 86-58 victory over Eastern Illinois Saturday afternoon in Lantz Arena.
BU (16-3, 6-0) saw five players score in double digits with the scoring led by Sally McCabe's (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) 20 points. She was followed by Roy, who neared a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Maggard contributed 12 points and 12 assists for her first double-double of the season and eighth career game with double figure assists.
Junior guard Maura Muensterman (Evansville, Ind.) accounted for five of the team's 13 threes for 15 points, while rookie Caitlyn Yost (Lewsiburg, Tenn.) closed out Belmont's double-digit performances with her third 10-point game of the season. Collectively, the Bruins shot 50 percent from the floor and received 28 points from the bench.
The Panthers (2-15, 1-5) were powered by a pair of 13-point outings from Karle Pace and Taylor Steele. Grace McRae followed with 12 points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks. EIU shot 36 percent while going 8-for-23 from three-point range.
The Bruins and Panthers shared buckets in the opening five minutes of the game before Belmont separated themselves from the pack. Muensterman hit a trey to tie it up, 9-9, at the first media timeout to spark BU's offense. Roy came out of the break, going coast-to-coast and converting at the line for a three-point play of her own. The squad went on to outscore Eastern Illinois 13-4 down the final stretch to claim a 22-13 advantage after one frame.
Eastern Illinois looked to claw its way back into the game, draining a three of their own on the first play of the second stanza, but Muensterman followed suit with her third bucket beyond the arc. Belmont outscored EIU, 21-10, with McCabe accounting for 12 second quarter points. While McCabe powered the Bruins scoring, Roy stifled the Panthers offense with seven rebounds and two steals at the break. Belmont boasted a 20-point lead at the half, 43-23.
As we head into the second half, Roy has already tallied 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the Bruins! ��— Belmont WBasketball (@BelmontWBB) January 13, 2018
Belmont continued to edge itself further and further from Eastern Illinois in the second half as Ellie Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wisc.) hit one from afar to get things started. Roy continued to dominate in all facets, registering her third And-1 of the day to cap an 8-0 BU run. She'd go on to hit a three-pointer later in the frame to register her season-high 16th point. In addition to veteran contributions in the third, Yost recorded four of her 10 points as the Bruins took a 67-43 lead into the fourth.
The final stanza started slow for both squads with Belmont only registering seven points in the first six minutes. After the media timeout Belmont erupted four 12 points, all coming from beyond the arc. Yost initiated the scoring frenzy with back-to-back treys before junior guard Hannah Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wisc.) and Muensterman followed suit. The spurt pushed BU to an 86-58 victory over the Panthers.
#splashville is making an appearance in Charleston, Ill.! Belmont hits three consecutive threes (two from Yost and one from H. Harmeyer) to go up 83-55 on EIU with a minute remaining.— Belmont WBasketball (@BelmontWBB) January 13, 2018
- Belmont has won its last seven games, daiting back to Dec. 22.
- The Bruins have now defeated 31 consecutive OVC foes, the second longest streak in the nation.
- Maggard registered her fifth career double-double and her first of the season.
- Roy's double-double was her third of the year and eighth career.
- Five players have talied double figure performances in a single game five times this season.
- Six players hit at least one three.
Belmont returns home to host Murray State on Wednesday, Jan. 17 inside the Curb Event Center. The Bruins and Racers are slated for a 6 pm tip.