CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – After a nearly two-week hiatus, the Belmont women's basketball team will look to regain its recent shooting swagger Monday during a short road trip to Chattanooga.
The Bruins and Mocs tip off at 6 p.m. (CT) from McKenzie Arena. The game can be streamed online through ESPN3 or the Watch ESPN App. An online radio feed is also available via the Bruin Sports Network.
Belmont is 5-3 in the non-conference season following its best shooting game of the year against Lipscomb, a 40-point win. But 13 days will have passed since that torrid offensive performance by the time the Bruins take the court against the Mocs. The team paused its playing schedule to allow players to study and take semester final exams.
Belmont made 17 3-pointers last time out against the Bisons, two shy of the program's single-game record. With that sharp-shooting showing still fresh in their minds, the Bruins have eagerly awaited their next opportunity.
"We spent the whole month of October getting ready to play games and now with this stretch it feels just like that again. We're really anxious to get back out on the court, win some games and show everybody what we're capable of," said Belmont forward Conley Chinn (Jackson, Miss.), who was named Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week after her 15-point night against Lipscomb.
"We do all need this little break just to focus on ourselves, get our feet back under us and focus on what we want to do as a team."
Belmont is seeking its first win against Chattanooga in 40 years. The Mocs are limping into this year's meeting though, carrying a 4-7 record and having lost their past five games.
Chattanooga has the edge in the all-time series between the teams, owning an 11-3 record against Belmont dating back to the 1976-77 season. The Mocs have won the last nine straight with Belmont's most recent win in the series coming on Nov. 30, 1978 by a 58-52 score. The team's last win in Chattanooga was on Valentine's Day 1977, 80-61.
WATCH OUT FOR MAGGARD
Senior Darby Maggard is one of 35 players named to the watch list for the Wade Trophy given to the nation's top college women's basketball player by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She was also on the preseason watch list for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as one of the top 20 shooting guards in the country.
RECORD REACHED FOR MAGGARD
With 16 points at Northern Kentucky on Nov. 21, Maggard became Belmont's career scoring leader in the NCAA era (since 1997-98) with 1,553 points. She passed former teammate Sally McCabe (1,540 points) for the top spot and now ranks sixth in Belmont's overall program history.
LIGHTS OUT SHOOTER
Maggard ranks third among active NCAA players in career 3-pointers (441) and first in free-throw percentage (92.8%). She is also No. 3 among active players in 3-point shooting percentage (43.3%), third in assists (567) and second assist-to-turnover ratio (2.77).
STOPPING THE RARE SKID
Belmont's big 83-43 win vs. Lipscomb followed two straight losses. Though short, the two-game losing streak was the Bruins' longest skid in more than two years. Belmont hasn't lost three in a row since a six-game skid during the 2015-16 season.
Belmont's 17 made 3-pointers against Lipscomb on Dec. 4 are the second most in the program's NCAA-era history. The Bruins made 19 threes against Trevecca Nazarene on No. 28, 2017.
With her next rebound, Jenny Roy will reach 700 boards for her Belmont career. That's good enough for seventh place in the program's NCAA-era history. She needs just nine rebounds to move into sixth and pass former Bruin Alysha Clark (707).
CHINN IT TO WIN IT
Forward Conley Chinn was named OVC Freshman of the Week after setting career highs in points (15), field goals (6), field goal attempts (9), 3-pointers (3) and rebounds (5) against Lipscomb on Dec. 4. She scored 11 points in just 88 seconds of game time during the breakout performance.
Belmont junior Maddie Wright grew up in Chattanooga. The forward was a four-time All-Region selection while playing for Boyd Buchanan High and graduated as a member of the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound club.
Belmont ranks 12th in the nation with 9.9 made 3-pointers per game after knocking down 17 against Lipscomb on Dec. 4, their fifth game this season with at least 11 made threes. The Bruins ranked third in the nation last year with 357 made 3-pointers, averaging 10.2 per game. They hit at least 10 threes in 18 games last season.
Maggard ranks first in the OVC in 3-pointers (3.0 per game), free-throw percentage (1.000) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8). Roy is second in assists (4.8 per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5), third in field goal percentage (.528) and fifth in steals (2.4 per game).
THE MORE THE MERRIER
BU holds an impressive 35-1 mark when scoring at least 80 points over the last three-plus seasons. The Bruins scored 80+ points for the first time this season with 83 against Lipscomb. They did so 15 times during the 2017-18 season.
Belmont has a 38-17 mark in non-conference games over the last three-plus seasons. The Bruins closed out their 2017-18 non-conference campaign with a signature win over Vanderbilt, scoring 111 points on the Commodores. It was the most points scored in Belmont's Division I era as well as the most points ever put up against a Vanderbilt women's basketball team.