NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont women's basketball (23-3, 13-0) concludes its four-game road stint at Tennessee Tech (6-18, 3-10) on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Bruins and Golden Eagles are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip time inside the Eblen Center.
ABOUT THE BRUINS
Three road games to start the month of February has proved to be no problem for the Bruins as they've gone 3-0 in those contests. They recently defeated neighborhood foe Tennessee State to extend their win streak to 14 games and remain atop the conference standings. The squad has won its last 32-straight regular season conference games and 38-consecutive including OVC tournament contests. BU moves to 23-3 overall.
BU's offensive production has been led by veterans Kylee Smith (Alpharetta, Ga.), Sally McCabe (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) and Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) who are all averaging at least 14.7 points per game. As a team, the Bruins are averaging 78.9 points while shooting an impressive .475 clip from the field - a mark that ranks 12th in the nation. Belmont leads the conference in assists, scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, assist turnover ratio, and three-point field goals made.
The squad has out-rebounded their opponents in all but four games, winning all such contests while averaging 41.4 rebounds per game. BU is outscoring its opponents by a margin of 17.8 points, having poured in at least 70 points in all but five of its games.
LAST TIME AROUND
The Bruins defeated Tennessee Tech, 78-59, on Jan. 4 inside the Curb Event Center. Belmont was led by Sally McCabe who scored a season-best 23 points and registered 6 blocks against the Golden Eagles. Maddie Wright (Chatanooga, Tenn.) also reached double-digits with 14 points.
Belmont's 23-3 start to the season is its best since 1993-94 where they kicked off the campaign with an 24-2 mark in their first 26 games. The squad is one of four teams in the country to have reached the 23-win plateau this season. This is also the fastest BU has reached 23 wins since the 1993-94 campaign, having done so in 25 games. The Bruins have registered four 23-win seasons in its Division I era.
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
Belmont women's basketball has dominated the Ohio Valley Conference the last three seasons, compiling a 42-3 mark against such opponents during the regular season. The Bruins have won 38 consecutive games against league foes, including OVC Tournament contests. They've also won back-to-back OVC tournament titles to earn consecutive NCAA tournament berths. Thirteen games into league play, BU is averaging 75.3 ppg while shooting .482 from the field. BU is outscoring conference teams by a margin of 15.7 points.
Sally McCabe ranked ninth in all of NCAA Division I with 95 blocks and 12th in blocks per game with 2.88 during her junior campaign. Her 95 swats were the most in a single season in program history. McCabe's 268 career blocks sit second in both program and OVC history. She has rejected 70 shots thus far in her senior season ranking her 10th in blocks per game (3.11) and 12th in blocks in the nation. The center blocked a career-best 8 shots against Murray State. In addition to contributing defensively, McCabe recently became the program's NCAA Division I leader in career made field goals and is only eight points away from becoming the scoring leader.
BRUINS HAVE POLL
Boasting a 23-3 record while riding a 14-game winning streak has garnered attention around the country as Belmont currently sits two spots outside the AP Top-25 - its highest ranking in program history. BU is receiving votes in the AP poll for the fifth consecutive week, collecting 28 votes in the latest rankings (29 votes are the most Belmont has ever earned). The team is the second highest ranked mid-major team in the AP poll, only behind No. 20 Green Bay. The Bruins are also ranked second in both the CollegeInsider.com and ESPNW mid-major polls - trailing Green Bay as well.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Belmont currently ranks nationally in the top-15 in 11 categories, three-point field goals made (4th), assist turnover ratio (5th), three-point field goal per game (5th), assists (5th), rebounds (7th), win-lost percentage (8th), assists per game (10th), scoring margin (11th), defensive rebounds per game (12th), and field goal percentage (12th), and personal fouls per game (13th).
THE MORE THE MERRIER
BU holds an impressive 30-1 mark when scoring at least 80 points over the last three seasons. The Bruins have already scored 80+ 12 times in the 2017-18 campaign. The Bruins historic 111-point win over the Commodores marked its 23rd game scoring at least 90 points in the last 21 years, they boast a perfect record in such games. They are 118-1 when scoring 90+ points all-time.
2018 OVC TOURNAMENT
The 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships presented by VisitMyrtleBeach.com, will be held February 28 through March 3 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. For ticket information, call 615-460-BALL or log onto belmontbruins.com/tickets and select the OVC Tournament Tickets link. All-session passes purchased before Feb. 1 are only $62. Exact seating location will be assigned based on level of priority.
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