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Darby Maggard: All-Time Great

Darby Maggard: All-Time Great

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While she's made a name for herself shooting 3-pointers for the Belmont women's basketball team, it's telling that a major milestone for Darby Maggard came on a shot from just outside the paint Wednesday night.

You need to be able to score from everywhere on the court to become a program's all-time leading scorer.

Maggard's pull-up jumper from near the elbow at Northern Kentucky's gym accounted for two points of her now 1,553 for her career, the most by any Belmont player in the program's NCAA Division I era. She set the record during a 71-53 win with a 16-point performance, the latest chapter in a record-book Bruin career.

And in true Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) fashion, the point guard passed to her teammates when it came time to collect the glory.

"I'm humbled. I'm honored I get to wear the Belmont jersey every single night," said Maggard, the 5-foot-5 heart of Belmont's offense. "Honestly it's a testament to my teammates because without them there's no way I'd be doing what I'm doing. I'm just thankful this is where I get to play and these are the teammates I get to play with."

With her basket a minute and a half into the second quarter, Maggard moved past recent former teammate and all-time great Belmont post player Sally McCabe (2014-18) for first place. McCabe scored 1,540 points during her four years as a Bruin, the past three playing alongside Maggard.

"My success would not have happened without her. She was a huge reason why I got the scoring record, so it only feels right that I can pass it on to her," said McCabe, who still holds the program record for career blocks (291).

"Darby is such a good person off the court and a real motivator on the court. She gets the best out of you. She works really hard to make you look good and she did a really good job of doing that with me."

It's been a big week for Maggard, who on Tuesday was named to the watch list for the Wade Trophy, given to the top college women's basketblal player in the nation each year. Five days before that Maggard passed another former teammate in Kylee Smith (2015-18) on the D-I era scoring leaderboard. She netted 24 points at Wright State last Thursday to move past Smith, who scored 1,520 points in three years with the Bruins.

"It's been so special to be up there with Sally and Darby," Smith said. "Darby is the hardest working person I've ever met and there's no better person to represent Belmont in this way. No one deserves it more."

While Maggard now owns Belmont's top scoring mark in Division I play, there's a long way to go to reach the program's all-time scoring record. Atop that list is Chrissie Herring (1991-94) and her 2,450 points. The Bruins' first 29 seasons following the program's inception in 1968 were spent at the NAIA level before the school made the jump to the NCAA for the 1997-98 school year.

Next up on the ladder for Maggard would be No. 5 Daree Pilkinton (1988-91) at a very reachable 1,645 points.

Maggard, a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team selection and the OVC's Preseason Player of the Year the past two seasons, has seen her name painted across the Belmont record book long before capturing the NCAA-era points record Wednesday. She owns NCAA-era career marks in assists (559), 3-point baskets (335), 3-point percentage (.440) and free-throw percentage (.927). The latter two are BU all-time records as well.