NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont Bruins host the Chattanooga Mocs at the Curb Event Center to open the 2019-20 season on Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. CT, as the two programs will face off in Nashville for the first time since 2014.
The Mocs hold an 11-4 all-time series advantage, but the Bruins hold the recent success with a 67-51 road victory in Chattanooga last year.
Belmont had four players with double-digit points in the win, including a pair of 11-point performances from guard Macie Culbertson (career-high) and forward Maddie Wright. The Bruins held the Mocs below a 35-percent clip from the floor on 19-of-55 shooting in the Dec. 17, 2018 matchup.
The last home victory for Belmont against its in-state foe dates back to the 1978-79 season, when they logged a 58-52 win over Chattanooga in the historic Striplin Gymnasium.
LAST TIME OUT: No. 13 seed Belmont fell 74-52 to the fourth-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks in the opening round of their fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament. Forwards Conley Chinn and Ellie Harmeyer meshed for 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
SCOUTING CHATTANOOGA: The Mocs are led by second-year head coach Katie Burrows, who notched 14-17 (8-6, SoCon) record in her first season at the helm. She spent the previous eight seasons as an assistant with the Chattanooga program. The Mocs return three starters from the 2018-19 season, including senior guard Lakelyn Bouldin, who led the Mocs in scoring average with 13 points per game.
ANOTHER TITLE: The Bruins finished with a 26-7 (16-2, OVC) record and their fourth-straight OVC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance last season. Belmont joined the UConn Huskies as the only other program to win its last four conference tournaments.
PRESEASON OVC ACCOLADES: Belmont was picked atop the OVC Preseason Poll for the fifth time in the last six seasons at OVC Basketball Media Day on Oct. 22. Harmeyer nabbed Preseason OVC Player of the Year, as she became third-straight Bruin to garner the honors. She joined Muensterman and Wright on the Preseason All-OVC Team.
FOLLOW THE BRUINS: Wednesday's season opener can be streamed via ESPN+, tracked by live stats, is available by radio stream on the Bruin Sports Network.
UP NEXT: Belmont stays home to take on the UCF Knights at the Curb Event Center on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in the Bruins second non-conference tilt of the season.
Bart Brooks, Head Coach
On being back on the court: "I am so excited for our players to get started this season, they have been working extremely hard since we came together last June, and we are finally here at the season opener. We have a new team this year with returning players taking on new roles and some new players who have joined our program meshing with the returners."
On Chattanooga: "They are a very talented team with a great coaching staff, so they will be a huge test for us to open the year. I cannot wait to be in the Curb in front of our Belmont fans, it will be comforting to see friendly faces in the crowd as we kick off another season of Bruins basketball."