Women’s Basketball Wraps Regular Season at Kennesaw State
KENNESAW, Ga. – The Belmont women's basketball team (9-19, 6-13 A-Sun) will look to add to its win total after becoming one of the winningest programs in the country last night after recording its 800th win. The Bruins take on Kennesaw State on Saturday afternoon for its final regular season matchup of the 2010-11 campaign.
The Owls will be battling for seeding in next week's 2011 Atlantic Sun Tournament this weekend. Kennesaw State, despite picking up a win over Lipscomb on Thursday, has lost four of its last six contests and now stands at 9-18 overall and 6-13 in Atlantic Sun action. KSU is led in scoring by Angie Smith, who is averaging 14 points per contest. Also contributing in double digits is Sametria Gideon adding 12.2 points per outing. Gideon also leads the team in rebounds, pulling down 10.2 boards per game.
The last time these two teams met, Belmont came away with the 71-55 win for the first A-Sun victory for Head Coach Brittney Ezell. Four Bruins reached double digits in scoring, led by junior Haley Nelson (Scottsboro, Ala.) with 16. Freshman Molly Ernst (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore Alyssa Visbeen (Franklin, Tenn.), who notched a career-high, added 14. Senior Shaunda Strayhorn (Dyersburg, Tenn.), who was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week, netted 11 points, pulled down a career and game-high 10 rebounds and notched a career and game-high 10 assists for the first triple-double of the program's NCAA era of play.
Belmont leads the all-time series between the programs, 7-4, and has won the last two meetings.
Belmont will await news of its seeding for next week's 2011 Atlantic Sun Tournament after picking up a 67-62 victory in overtime at Mercer on Thursday. A trio of Bruins reached double digits in the win, led by Nelson's 20 points. Sophomore Kristin Nash (Stone Mountain, Ga.) added 11 and Strayhorn contributed 10 points. Nelson pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Nelson leads the Bruins in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game, followed by Ernst, who contributes 10.3 points per outing. Nelson also leads BU in rebounds, pulling down 8.1 per contest.
A trio of Bruins continues to make waves in NCAA national statistics as of 2/20, led by senior Shaunda Strayhorn, who appears in four categories. Strayhorn is tied for second in triple-doubles (1), 75th in assists per game (4.5), 186th in free-throw percentage (76.1), and 237th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.03). Junior Haley Nelson returns to the national spotlight after disappearing while she was absent from the Bruin lineup due to injury. She is ranked 66th in blocked shots per game (1.8), 75th in field-goal percentage (47.7) and 121st in rebounds per game (8.1). Freshman Molly Ernst continues to stand as one of the nation's top long range shooters, coming in at 21st in three-point field goals made per game (2.8) and 35th in three-point field-goal percentage (40.3).
Saturday's contest begins at 11 a.m. at the KSU Convocation Center. It can be seen live on ASun.TV and heard live via the internet on the Bruins Sports Network. Live stats and a Twitter feed (@BelmontWBB) will also be available.