NASHVILLE, Tenn. – From the opening 30 seconds, as Maura Muensterman drained back-to-back 3-pointers, it felt like it might be a special night for the Belmont women's basketball team.
The hot-shooting Bruins rolled past rival Lipscomb, 83-43, on the strength of their 3-point attack Tuesday at the Curb Event Center. Belmont piled up 17 made 3-pointers to nearly match the program record during the annual Battle of the Boulevard clash.
Belmont's 17 triples, which came off the shooting stroke of nine different players, were two shy of the record set just last year. The Bruins (5-3), who snapped a two-game skid with Tuesday's win, knocked down 19 threes at the Curb during a 97-39 drubbing of Trevecca Nazarene last November.
"It felt like 30 threes tonight. Every time someone shot the ball, it felt like it was going in," said Belmont junior Ellie Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wis.). "It's good to see our shots start to fall again and get that rhythm back. We shoot threes; that's what we do. To see 17 of 'em go in tonight is a great confidence booster for us."
Harmeyer was responsible for three of those triples and totaled 15 points to go with eight rebounds. But her damage wasn't all done from distance. She had a pair of layups that sparked a 21-0 run for the Bruins in the first half, a dominant stretch that lasted more than nine minutes.
Junior forward Maddie Wright (Chattanooga, Tenn.) had a pair of threes in that barrage, which thrust Belmont ahead 30-8 midway through the second quarter. Lipscomb (2-6) never got within 20 points again.
The threes didn't stop coming as Belmont went to its bench in the second half. Freshman forward Conley Chinn (Jackson, Miss.) took over to start the fourth quarter, pouring in 11 straight points for the Bruins. That covered just 88 seconds of game time and included a pair of triples.
"Right before that, coach just looked at me and said, 'If you're open, shoot it. You're a shooter,'" recalled Chinn, whose 15 total points are a new career best. "I really needed that boost of confidence. Next time I was open, I let it ride."
After Harmeyer and Chinn, Belmont got another 14 points from Wright. That's a season high for her.
The Bruins shot 47.8 percent (32-of-67) for the game and 37.8 percent (17-of-45) from three, but it wasn't just the offense that boosted Belmont to the big win. The home side dominated the boards with 49 rebounds to Lipscomb's 27 and had three players with eight or more rebounds apiece.
"She's such a consistent player for us, one of those people that's always going to make great plays," Harmeyer said of her teammate. "A little bit of everything. We always can count on Jenny."
Up Next: Belmont will break for final exams over the next week, returning to the court to face Chattanooga on the road Monday, Dec. 17.