MOREHEAD, Ky. – Belmont women's basketball used 13 three pointers to rout Morehead State, 83-62, for its 37th consecutive OVC win Saturday night. The Bruins (22-3, 12-0) were led by junior forward Ellie Harmeyer's (Kenosha, Wisc.) 19 points and five threes to win their 13th straight contest.
E. Harmeyer's career-best five treys were accompanied by five other players who hit a triple. Senior guard Kylee Smith (Alpharetta, Ga.) followed with 17 points, while Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) (14 points) and Sally McCabe (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) (12 points) rounded out the double-digit scoring efforts. Belmont dished out 26 assists with Maggard (9) and Smith (8) leading the way.
Morehead State's Eriel McKee charged the Eagles with 20 points, hitting three of the squad's four threes. McKee was joined by Miranda Crockett's 13 points as MSU (17-8, 8-4) shot 35 percent from the field.
Maggar ➡️ Roy for✌️. pic.twitter.com/yYd4g8w2AH— Belmont WBasketball (@BelmontWBB) February 4, 2018
The Bruins took control of the game from the get go and never looked back. They sparked an 8-2 run in the opening three minutes of the game to force Morehead State to call an early timeout. The Eagles started to claw their way back, scoring seven unanswered points to take their first and only lead, 12-11, at the 2:45 mark. It was then that E. Harmeyer began to heat up, draining her first of three treys in the first half to halt the MSU run. The Kenosha, Wisc. Native scored five consecutive points to help BU hold a four-point advantage at the break, 19-15.
Smith then took a turn, registering Belmont's first five points of the second quarter after converting an And-1 play at the line. The veteran led the team with 15 points at halftime, going 3-for-3 at the charity stripe. The Bruins hung eight points in a span of 50 seconds to go up, 29-17, hitting four-straight field goals. BU continued to separate themselves while holding Morehead State without a basket for more than four minutes. E. Harmeyer drained her third three of the day down the stretch, coupled with a triple from Muensterman to give the Bruins a 39-27 lead at intermission.
E. Harmeyer is �� from three-point range tonight, sinks her third to put Belmont ahead, 39-29, with 17 seconds left in the half.— Belmont WBasketball (@BelmontWBB) February 3, 2018
Both squads traded buckets throughout the third, but the Bruins continued to find a way to distance themselves. Maggard powered the scoring with eight points, sinking a pair of long balls along the way. She was helped by a pair of back-to-back layups from McCabe who became the fourth Bruin to reach the double-digit plateau. Morehead State strung together a pair of 6-0 runs, but the Eagles were unable to catch up. BU went up, 64-45, with one frame remaining.
The Eagles held the Bruins to just three tallies in the first four minutes before E. Harmeyer sunk back-to-back threes within a span of 40 seconds. The pair of treys marked her fourth and fifth of the game, making her 5-for-6 beyond the arc. Sophomore Maddie Wright (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and junior Hannah Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wisc.) joined in, each hitting a bucket from three-point range in the final two minutes to secure Belmont's victory.
- Belmont extends its winning streak to 13-straight games.
- The Bruins move to 22-3 on the season, their best start in the program's Division I era and best since the 1993-94 campaign (23-2).
- The team has won their last 37 consecutive OVC contests dating back to the 2015-16 season. The streak is the second longest in the country behind No.1 UConn (92).
- It's the ninth time this season that Belmont has drained at least 13 threes in a game.
- Ellie Harmeyer's 19 points are the second most she's scored this season. She finished 7-for-8 from the field.
- It's the 15th time this season that at least four Bruins have scored in double digits.
Belmont travels neighborhood foe Tennessee State on Thursday, Feb. 8.