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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont returns home to the Curb Event Center on Saturday to face crosstown Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee State.

The clash is scheduled for 3 p.m. and can be streamed with ESPN+ and the Watch ESPN app. An audio stream will be available through the Bruin Sports Network.

Belmont is 11-5 with a 4-1 mark in OVC games this season. TSU is 1-16 and 1-4 in league games. Belmont leads the all-time series between the two teams 32-11 and has won the last seven straight contests.

 

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LAST TIME OUT
Belmont erupted for 40 second-half points on Thursday to storm past Jacksonville State on the road, 64-41. Belmont made 12 3-pointers while shutting out JSU from beyond the arc (0-of-9).

CONSISTENT STARTERS
Belmont has used the same starting five combination in 15 straight games: guards Darby Maggard, Jenny Roy and Maura Muensterman, and forwards Ellie Harmeyer and Maddie Wright.

MUENSTERMAN HEATING UP
Muensterman has scored in double figures in each of the past four games, the first time in her career she's done so. She's averaging 14.0 points per game during that stretch and shooting better than 50 percent from 3-point range (14-of-27).

MAGGARD DROPPING DIMES
With four assists at Jacksonville St. on Jan. 17, Maggard moved into seventh place in OVC history with 607 assists. She's just 24 assists behind No. 6 (Chrissy Moye, TTU, 631) and 58 from moving into the top three (Misty Garrett, TTU, 665). At 607 assists, Maggard owns the Belmont NCAA-era record and is second all time to only Cherie Stivers (826).

MAGGARD IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Maggard has appeared in every possible game of her Belmont career the past four years, starting 116 of 117 contests for the Bruins. The lone time she came off the bench was on Feb. 25, 2017 – that year's senior day celebration game when she sat in place of starting senior Kia Perry.

BOARDS ON THE LEADERBOARD
Belmont leads the OVC in rebounding margin this season at +4.1 per game. The Bruins are second overall in rebounds with 41.2 per game and fourth in defensive rebounding at 37.1 per game. The Bruins are 9-0 this year when out-rebounding their opponents, 2-5 in all other games.

65: THE MAGIC NUMBER
Belmont is 11-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 65 points this season. However, the Bruins have lost all five games in which they've allowed 65 or more points.

TWO FOR 20
Darby Maggard (21 points) and Ellie Harmeyer (20) each reached 20 points vs. Morehead State on Jan. 10, the first time a pair of Bruins has done that this season. The last time two Belmont players scored 20 or more was Feb. 15, 2018 when Maggard scored 26 and Kylee Smith had 23.

SPLASHVILLE
Belmont ranks 9th in the nation with 10.0 made 3-pointers per game and has made at least 10 threes in 10 of 16 games this season. The Bruins ranked third in the nation last year with 357 made 3-pointers, averaging 10.2 per game. They hit at least 10 threes in 18 games in 2017-18.