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SEMO WBB Game Preview

SEMO WBB Game Preview

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – After dropping only its second Ohio Valley Conference game in the past three seasons, the Belmont women's basketball team has the chance to close out the 2018-19 regular season with some momentum as the Bruins travel to face Southeast Missouri on Saturday.

The regular-season finale tips off at 4:30 p.m. from SEMO's Show Me Center. The game is available to watch online with ESPN+ or the Watch ESPN app and an audio stream is available through the Bruin Sports Network.

Belmont saw its 14-game win streak snapped on Thursday at the hands of UT Martin, a loss that drops the Bruins to 22-6 on the season with a 15-2 mark in OVC games. That's good enough to lock up the No. 1 seed to the upcoming OVC Tournament though.

SEMO (13-15, 8-9 OVC) meanwhile is battling for its postseason life. The Redhawks are among four teams tied for fifth in the OVC standings headed into the final regular-season game. Only three of them will advance to the eight-team OVC Tournament bracket.

The OVC Tournament begins March 6 in Evansville, Ind. The Bruins will face the No. 8 seed in the first round at 1 p.m. next Wednesday, which could be a rematch with SEMO should enough dominoes fall around the conference on Saturday.

 

GAME NOTES

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ANOTHER TITLE
Belmont's regular-season OVC title is the program's third straight and its sixth in the Bruins' NCAA era dating back to their time in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Belmont has four conference tournament titles as well, three as a member of the OVC.
 
SERIES HISTORY
Belmont holds the 9-4 edge in the all-time series against Southeast Missouri, including a 91-57 victory at home earlier this season. The Bruins have won five in a row overall in the series.
 
WINS STREAK ENDS AT 14
UT Martin snapped Belmont's 14-game win streak (2/28), the longest by an OVC team this year. It was tied for fourth longest in the nation at the time. Belmont won 22 games in a row last season.
 
300 THREES
With its next 3-pointer, Belmont will reach 300 made 3-pointers as a team this season for just the second time in the NCAA era. The Bruins set an NCAA-era team record with 357 threes last year.
 
SPLASHVILLE
Belmont has at least 10 made 3-pointers in 10 straight games and is averaging 10.7 per game, fourth most in the nation. The Bruins ranked third last year with 357 made threes, 10.2 per game.
 
400 THREES FOR MAGGARD
Darby Maggard became just the fifth player in NCAA Division I history to reach 400 career 3-pointers with a season-high seven threes vs. EIU (2/21). At 413 now, she is on the brink of breaking the all-time program record that dates back to the NAIA era (415, Kelli Davis, 1991-94).
 
DARBY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Darby Maggard has won back-to-back OVC Player of the Week awards. She averaged 23.5 points and 4.5 assists with 11 made 3-pointers in two wins last week to garner her third career OVC Player of the Week honor. She was also named Player of the Week by the TSWA.
 
100 DOUBLE FIGURE GAMES
With 22 points vs. SIUE (2/23), Darby Maggard logged her 100th career game scoring in double figures. Now with 101 such games, she has scored at least 10 points in a game 25 times this season, including a career-high 34 points at Tennessee Tech (2/16).
 
TOP 2 IN ASSISTS ALL TIME
With five assists vs. SIUE (2/23), Jenny Roy moved into second for her career in Belmont's NCAA era. She has 458 career assists, second only to current teammate Darby Maggard's 663.
 
SHOOTING STRETCH CONTINUES
Despite the loss to UT Martin (2/28), Belmont extended its stretch of games shooting at least 50 percent from the field to eight of the past nine games. Belmont leads the OVC in field goal (45.5) and 3-point percentage (35.9). BU is 22-2 when out-shooting opponents this year.