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Northern Kentucky Game Preview

Northern Kentucky Game Preview

 

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Belmont's sub-par offensive night Monday could be a scary thing for the Bruins' upcoming opponents. The BU women's basketball team couldn't buy a 3-pointer and struggled shooting from all over the field – and still found a way to win.

Belmont will next play at Northern Kentucky on Wednesday evening, a game that tips off at 5 p.m. (CT). The action can be streamed on the subscription-based ESPN+ platform. An audio stream is also available through the Bruin Sports Network.

Against the Horizon League's Norse (1-2), Belmont (3-1) will look to rebound offensively while carrying over the defensive intensity that helped the Bruins survive so many missed shots earlier this week.

"(That game) shows we can do other things to win," Belmont senior Jenny Roy (Brentwood, Tenn.) said of the team's recent 45-38 win at Middle Tennessee State. "We are normally a 3-point shooting team, but if it's not falling for a night, that doesn't take us out of the game. Our defense can win us the game. We're going to find other ways to win and we're not going to live and die by the three."

The Bruins' offense should get back on track as senior guard Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) finds her shooting stroke as well. Maggard, who Tuesday was named to the watch list of the Wade Trophy given to the nation's top college women's basketball player, is just four points from breaking Belmont's career scoring record in the NCAA Division-I era. She enters the game with 1,537 career points after netting 12 at MTSU, all but two during a 10-of-10 performance at the free-throw line.

Belmont has never beaten NKU with only one matchup between the two in the teams' shared history. That came way back in 1983. The Bruins will try to end NKU's 35 years of bragging rights in the series Wednesday just two days after putting an end to a 43-year drought between wins against MTSU on Monday.

 

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SERIES HISTORY

Belmont and Northern Kentucky have met just one time in the programs' history, a 62-54 Norse victory at NKU's home tournament on Dec. 17, 1983. BU made another trip to the Northern Kentucky Invitational in 1978 but did not play the hosts.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN

Belmont knocked off Middle Tennessee State 45-38 on Nov. 19 for the Bruins' first win over the Blue Raiders in more than 40 years. Belmont last beat MTSU on Feb. 11, 1975 before the Blue Raiders reeled off 16 straight victories. They last played in 2000.

LOW SCORING AFFAIR

Belmont's 45-point offensive output against the Blue Raiders was its lowest in nearly three years. The Bruins scored 44 points at Jacksonville State on Jan. 20, 2016, a game they also managed to win, 44-32. Belmont averaged 73 points per game in its first three outings of the season.

WATCH LISTS FOR MAGGARD

Senior Darby Maggard is one of 35 players named to the watch list for the Wade Trophy given to the nation's top college women's basketball player by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She was also on the preseason watch list for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as one of the top 20 shooting guards in the country.

REACHING THE RECORD

Darby Maggard needs just 4 points to pass former teammate Sally McCabe (1,540 points) and claim Belmont's career scoring record for the Division I era (since 1997-98). With 19 points against Tulsa, Maggard eclipsed 1,500 points for her Belmont career. She now sits at 1,537 career points, seventh overall in program history.

LIGHTS OUT SHOOTER

Maggard ranks first among active NCAA players in both 3-point percentage (43.9%) and free-throw percentage (92.7%). She is also No. 2 among active players in made 3-pointers (332), assists (555) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.78).

FREE THROW PARTY

Of Maggard's 12 points at MTSU, 10 came at the free-throw line during a perfect 10-of-10 shooting performance there. She set career highs in attempts and made three throws, surpassing her 8-of-8 effort against Tennessee Tech from last season.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Junior Ellie Harmeyer grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and scored 11 points against MTSU to help the Bruins to victory and notch Belmont's first double-double of the season. It's her fourth career double-double.