COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont's most highly anticipated rematch of the season finally arrives Saturday with a trip to Tennessee Tech.
Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. with the action streaming online with ESPN+ and the Watch ESPN app. An audio stream is also available through the Bruin Sports Network.
The Golden Eagles (10-3 OVC, 18-6) are the only team to have bested the Bruins (12-1 OVC, 19-5) in Ohio Valley Conference play this season. A 77-72 defeat against Tech on Jan. 5 marks Belmont's only league loss, which snapped a record streak of 47 straight wins against OVC opponents.
The Bruins have reeled off 11 straight wins since that setback and are looking forward to another shot at the Golden Eagles.
"It should be a really good game," said Belmont junior Ellie Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wis.). "We've improved upon the things that we lacked in that first game. We've practiced so hard and we've gotten so much better. I'm really excited for the matchup we have."
A win would give Belmont a three-game advantage in the OVC standings with just four games to play in the regular season. The OVC Tournament begins March 6 in Evansville, Ind.
Tennessee Tech leads the all-time series 27-24, but Belmont has the modern edge. The Bruins have won 10 of 14 games against TTU since joining the OVC in 2012-13, despite dropping the most recent meeting Jan. 5 at home, 77-72.
1 VS. 2
Saturday's matchup features the Nos. 1 (Belmont) and 2 (Tech) teams in the OVC standings. As No. 1, BU is 2-0 vs. second-place teams this season with wins vs. UT Martin and at Morehead St.
CONFERENCE STREAK SNAPPED
Belmont had its record-breaking conference winning streak snapped at 47 games by Tennessee Tech (1/16), ending a win streak that ranked second in the nation to only UConn (124) at the time. Belmont also had a 26-game home win streak over conference opponents snapped. The Bruins' 47-game streak was the longest of any OVC school in women's basketball history (Tennessee Tech, 29, 1989-91). They're the first team in OVC history to register back-to-back undefeated conference campaigns.
MAGGARD SETS OVC CAREER 3-POINT RECORD
With two 3-pointers at TSU (2/13), Darby Maggard passed UT Martin's Heather Butler for the new OVC career record of 393. Maggard needs seven 3-pointers to become the fifth player in NCAA Division I history to reach 400 for her career.
11 WINS AND COUNTING
Belmont has won its past 11 games, all coming in OVC play, by an average of 23.8 points. The Bruins set a program and OVC record with 22 straight wins a year ago.
Belmont has at least 10 3-pointers in six straight games and is averaging 10.4 for the year, fifth most in the nation. The Bruins ranked third last year with 357 made 3-pointers, 10.2 per game.
Jenny Roy is the only NCAA Division I player in the nation averaging at least 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. She is pulling down 8.1 rebounds with 5.3 assists and 9.3 points per game.
WIN THE BOARDS, WIN THE GAME
Belmont ranks first in the OVC in rebounding, pulling down 42.1 boards per game with an OVC-leading +6.8 rebounding margin. Belmont is 17-0 this year when tying or out-rebounding its opponents, 2-5 in all other games.