With the #1 seed to the OVC tourney all wrapped up, @maddiewrightt and the Bruins head to @UTMartinWBB Thursday in a potential postseason preview.— Belmont WBasketball (@BelmontWBB) February 27, 2019
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MARTIN, Tenn. – It's no question that the Belmont women's basketball team is playing its best ball right now as the regular season winds down. Despite the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title all locked up, despite an active win streak that has reached 14 games, the Bruins have their attention turned forward still.
There's two games left before the postseason – starting Thursday at UT Martin – and there's lots to continue improving upon.
Belmont (22-5, 15-1 OVC) will face UT Martin (19-8, 11-5 OVC) in another rematch of last season's OVC Tournament championship game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The action will be streamed through ESPN+ and the Watch ESPN app with audio available through the Bruin Sports Network in the first game since Belmont locked up the No. 1 seed to this year's conference tournament.
"It's a testament to everything that we've been working for since June and since the buzzer went off last year," said junior forward Maddie Wright (Chattanooga, Tenn.), whose team beat UT Martin 63-56 in overtime for the OVC title a year ago.
"But we're not done yet. We're happy we got it [the regular season title], but we're going to keep going and keep digging. We want to take all the little pieces we've been working on all year and then bring it all together here at the end of the season."
Belmont rolled to its biggest offensive performance of the season the last time it faced the Skyhawks at the Curb Event Center on Feb. 2. The Bruins put up 100 points against Martin, but they also allowed a season-high 86 points.
UT Martin is currently in a three-way battle for second place in the OVC with Tennessee Tech and Morehead State with all three teams tied at 11-5 in conference play. The Skyhawks may be the most dangerous of the three though with plenty of postseason experience still on the roster and the league's highest scoring offense (79.3 ppg).
Thursday will be a good chance to see how each team has grown since the previous matchup as the programs prepare for postseason play and another potential tournament meeting next week.
"At this point in the season everybody knows your tendencies and how you play and your style," Wright said. "This is another opportunity for us to show we've got more than what we've done already. We're never going to stop adding to our game."
The OVC Tournament begins March 6 in Evansville, Ind.