CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the highly successful decades of Belmont women's basketball, through all the championship runs and all-star players, few Bruins have achieved the statistically hallowed triple-double. Add senior Jenny Roy to the list.
Roy (Brentwood, Tenn.) became just the third Belmont women's basketball player in the NCAA era to achieve the feat during Belmont's 80-62 victory over Austin Peay. She finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, an equilaterally historic stat line.
Oh yeah, Saturday was also Roy's 22nd birthday.
The final feather in Roy's triple-double cap came with 1:25 left in the game. Roy sent a cross-key pass to freshman Grace Smith (Raleigh, N.C.), whose baseline jumper gave Belmont its third 80-point game of the season. It also clinched Roy her third statistical category in double digits.
"It was such an exciting feeling. That last one, you could tell I was smiling and laughing," said Roy before giving credit to all the Bruins who came before her and the matriarch of the Belmont women's basketball family, former coach and administrator, Betty Wiseman.
"It means a lot. It was such an exciting feeling. I'm so honored to play at this university with these girls. I wouldn't want to do it with anyone else."
Roy joins Shaunda Strayhorn and Tara Montgomery as Bruins to post triple-doubles. Strayhorn accomplishing hers Dec. 16, 2010 with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists; Montgomery had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists on Nov. 28, 2000.
Roy's hustle is infectious on the court, said teammate and junior Ellie Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wis.).
"She makes everyone around her a better player," Harmeyer said. "I can honestly say she's such an incredible player and an even better person. She makes this team who we are. She pushes us every day to be the best we can be. She challenges us. She's a very, very valuable player to this team."
Belmont's do-everything guard, Roy entered the game as Belmont's active leader in double-doubles with nine. Surprisingly, none have come this season, though she's been close several times thanks to six nine-rebound games. Her triple-double is just the 12th in the OVC in the past decade.
The Bruins (14-5, 7-1 OVC) relied on Roy's senior leadership in the second half Saturday, along with the play of Harmeyer and senior Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.). After leading by as many as 15 points early in the third quarter, Belmont saw its advantage shrink to just four on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from APSU's Nieja Crawford at the end of the frame.
The Bruins responded with an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter, a crippling stretch for the Governors.
"Austin Peay is a great team so credit to them for coming back, but we knew toughness was our No. 1 key," Roy said. "The fourth quarter we really had that mentality."
Harmeyer scored six of her career-high-tying 26 points in the run. She also grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds in the game and set another career mark by shooting 13-of-14 at the free-throw line.
Belmont was 16-of-17 on free throws in total, including two more from Maggard, who extends her OVC-record streak to 47 consecutive makes. Maggard finished with 21 points and five made 3-pointers.
Junior Maura Muensterman (Evansville, Ind.) added 16 points and seven rebounds as the Bruins out-rebounded APSU, 43-31.
Up Next: Belmont comes back home to face Southeast Missouri next Thursday, a 5 p.m. tipoff at the Curb Event Center.