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Toledo Preview

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont Bruins (3-4) hit the road to take on the Toledo Rockets (1-4) for the first-ever time at Savage Arena on Tuesday. Tip-off is set for 10 a.m. in Toledo, Ohio.


The two programs met one other time in the series history, as the Rockets logged a 78-69 victory over the Bruins at the Curb Event Center last season. 

Senior Ellie Harmeyer led Belmont with a team-high 26 points and five rebounds in the Nov. 29, 2018 matchup. Sophomore Maddie Cook recorded a career-best 10 points on Toledo in the contest.  

LAST TIME OUT: The Bruins dropped 90-26 to the No. 9/10 ranked Maryland Terrapins in the final game of the Daytona Beach Invitational at the Ocean Center Saturday afternoon. Freshman Cam Browning led the Bruins (3-4) with six points and three rebounds, as senior Maddie Wright added four points and a team-high nine rebounds. Overall, five different Bruins recorded three or more rebounds in the game.

SCOUTING THE ROCKETS: Toledo is led by head coach Tricia Cullop, who enters her 12th year at the helm of the program in the 2019-20 season. Cullop holds a 242-127 (.656) record, as the Rockets are off to a 1-4 start this year, with their lone win coming at Georgia State in the season opener by 28 points. Toledo has yet to notch a home victory this season. 

However, they are just two games removed from dropping a three-point game on the road at Notre Dame on Nov. 20. The Rockets finished the 2018-19 season with a 21-12 record and fell to Miami (OH) in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament. Toledo still went on to receive a bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) and defeated Seton Hall in the tournament opener before falling to Northwestern in the second round. 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Junior Tatyana Davis is the only Rocket that averages double-figures, as she has logged 11.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Still, Toledo has five players that average five or more points per game, while four separate players average five-plus rebounds per game. The Rocket roster is built with three seniors and eight upperclassmen total.

BELMONT CONNECTION: Dana Shaw, a Rockets women's basketball alum, is currently an assistant professor in the Sport Administration program at Belmont. Shaw, a MAC Hall of Fame and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, still holds the school record for career points (1,919) and assists (659). Shaw never scored less than 10 points in a game in her collegiate career, as her jersey was retired by Toledo in 2012.

50-50: Ellie Harmeyer started her 50th career game against Maryland on Saturday and logged her 51st  career game with double figure points versus Virginia Tech Friday.

FOLLOW THE BRUINS: Tuesday's tilt can be streamed via ESPN3 or tracked through live stats, but radio broadcast will not be available. 

UP NEXT: The Bruins return to the Music City to take on Lipscomb in the Battle of the Boulevard next Wednesday, Dec. 11. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena. The Bruins then host Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Curb Event Center.