NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Though the 2018-19 season came to an end at the NCAA Tournament against South Carolina this past Friday, the Belmont women's basketball program's appearance in the bracket marked the continuation of a fantastic trend for the Bruins.
Belmont is becoming a tournament mainstay.
The Bruins made their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, extending an already program-best streak of consecutive appearances. Belmont has now played in five total NCAA Tournaments in its modern era.
The team won at least 24 games for a fourth straight season, finishing 26-7 to give this spring's departing fourth-year seniors 108 wins during their illustrious careers. The final installment of those four years this winter provided countless memories and record-breaking performances.
Let's revisit the top moments of Belmont's magical 2018-19 season, listed below chronologically:
A Return To Rio
The Bruins embarked on a team service trip to Rio de Janiero, Brazil prior to the start of the 2018 fall semester. The team spent 10 days in Brazil in early August leading a group focused on sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the people of Rio. The program and a few of its senior leaders had previously visited Rio in 2015 on a similar mission trip.
What a way to cap off our week in Rio. ���� pic.twitter.com/KnyK6KP8vC— Belmont WBasketball (@BelmontWBB) August 11, 2018
Maggard Breaks Scoring Record
It only took five games into her senior season for Darby Maggard to become Belmont's leading scorer in the program's NCAA era with her scoring total at Northern Kentucky on Nov. 21. She passed former teammates Sally McCabe (1,540 points) and Kylee Smith (1,520) on the way to the top spot.
Record Crowd In The Curb
A whopping 2,461 fans turned out for Belmont's game against Toledo on Nov. 29. The crowd was boosted by Belmont's "Best Field Trip Ever" kids day event that invited more than 2,000 young fans from around the Nashville area to the mid-day game.
Chinn Comes Up Big
Forward Conley Chinn was named OVC Freshman of the Week on Dec. 11 after a career game against Lipscomb the week before. On Dec. 4 she scored 11 points in just 88 seconds of game time on the way to 15 points in the breakout performance.
Lady Vols On Upset Alert
The Bruins nearly pulled off their first ever upset of a nationally ranked top-25 team during a trip to legendary Thompson-Boling Arena and the No. 10 Tennessee Lady Vols on Dec. 30. After trailing by as many as 18 points, Belmont battled all the way back to take a fourth-quarter lead before falling by single digits.
Playing For A Cause
Belmont hosted 10-year-old Morgan Rogers – a brain tumor survivor and Bruin fan – and her family during a home game Jan. 12 on Superhero Day. The Bruins first met Morgan four years ago through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation that pairs children with pediatric brain tumors with athletic teams.
Morgan Rogers is our superhero— Belmont WBasketball (@BelmontWBB) January 11, 2019
Read Morgan's incredible story of overcoming a brain tumor, then come to Saturday's game to cheer on this spirited 10yo!
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Perfect At The Line
Senior Darby Maggard made her first 28 free throws of the season to give her 48 consecutive makes from the line dating back to last season, the longest streak in the history of the OVC. She held the longest active streak in the nation at the time of her first miss and tied for the 14th longest streak in NCAA Division I history.
�� Congrats to Darby Maggard on breaking the OVC record for consecutive free throws made! Darby has now made her last 4️⃣5️⃣ FTs dating back to last season!— Belmont WBasketball (@BelmontWBB) January 25, 2019
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Roy's Historic Triple-Double
Senior Jenny Roy pulled off just the third triple-double of Belmont's NCAA era with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on the road at Austin Peay on Jan. 26. No other player in the OVC recorded a triple-double this season. Oh yeah, it was also her birthday.
The Big 100
Belmont reached 100 points scored for just the fourth time in the program's NCAA era with an even 100 against UT Martin on Feb. 3. The Bruins did so with a whopping 30 team assists, the program's second most since Belmont's move to the NCAA.
It's Raining Threes
Belmont tied a team record with 19 made 3-pointers against Eastern Illinois on Feb. 21, matching the 19 the Bruins hit against Trevecca Nazarene in 2017. Senior Darby Maggard had seven of those threes as she became just the fifth player in NCAA Division I history to pass 400 made 3-pointers for her career.
Roy Makes More History
As senior Jenny Roy became the 31st player in program history to reach 1,000 career points on March 6, she completed an even more amazing feat. Roy is the only player in OVC history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 400 assists in a career.
Maggard Passes The 2,000-Point Plateau
Already Belmont's NCAA-era leading scorer, senior Darby Maggard became just the fourth player in program history and the first in 25 years to reach 2,000 career points on March 8. She finishes her career with 2,031 points.
Harmeyer Joins 1,000-Point Club
Junior Ellie Harmeyer became the second Bruin in a week to score her 1,000th career point and the 32nd in program history on March 9. She still has another year to build on her now 1,014 career points.
OVC 4-Peat Complete
Behind OVC Tournament MVP Jenny Roy, the Bruins captured their fourth consecutive OVC Tournament championship with a 59-53 victory over rival UT Martin on March 9. Only Belmont and perennial national power UConn have active streaks of at least four conference tournament titles.
Fourth Trip To the NCAA Tourney
For the first time in program history, the Bruins made a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Belmont drew a No. 13 seed and faced No. 4 South Carolina in Charlotte, N.C., on March 22 in the first round.