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Tuesday Morning Thriller

Tuesday Morning Thriller

TOLEDO, Ohio – Despite senior Ellie Harmeyer's fourth double-double of the season, the Belmont Bruins fell to the Toledo Rockets 53-48 in overtime at Savage Arena Tuesday morning.

Harmeyer hit a 3-pointer with under a second remaining in regulation time, but it was waved off by the officiating crew. 

Harmeyer logged 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Bruins (3-5), as sophomore Conley Chinn recorded a season-high tying 12 points and five rebounds. Belmont still outrebounded the Rockets by a 42-37 margin. 

Toledo was led by the guard duo of freshman Quinesha Lockett and senior Mariella Santucci, who combined for 28 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. 

Harmeyer struck first for the Bruins on an assist from senior Maura Muensterman to knot the game up a 2-2 three minutes into the game. After over three minutes of scoreless basketball, a pull-up jumper from sophomore Maddie Cook gave Belmont the lead at the four-minute mark. Cook's bucket sparked a 7-2 run for the Bruins, who finished out the first quarter with a 9-4 lead. The quarter came as the least points scored by an opposing team on Belmont this season. 

Just nine seconds into the second quarter, Harmeyer knocked down a 3-pointer to extend the Bruin lead. The Rockets brought cut the deficit down to one point with five minutes left in the half. Freshman Kiki Britzmann and Muensterman combined for six-straight points to keep the Belmont advantage. Freshman Cam Browning capped off the Bruins' half with a layup to give the team a 23-17 lead at the half. 

Chinn and Harmeyer meshed for 12 points and eight rebounds through the first 20 minutes of play. Four different Belmont players grabbed three or more boards, as they held Toledo to 32 percent shooting from the field.

It took nearly three minutes before the Bruins got on the scoreboard in the third quarter. But the flood gates soon opened. Chinn recorded a pair of buckets in back-to-back possession to give the Bruins a 32-20 lead with 5:27 left in the quarter. The Rockets responded with a 12-2 run to cut down the Belmont lead to 34-32 going into the final quarter.

Toledo took its first lead of the game at the 8:36 mark of the fourth quarter, but the Bruins fought back to knot the game back up at 38-all with five minutes left. The Rockets went up three points with just over a minute left, but a clutch 3-pointer from Britzmann tied the game at 41-41 and inevitably sent the game to overtime.

Muensterman and Harmeyer scored each of Belmont's five points to start overtime and take a 46-44 lead with 1:28 left. Junior Nakiah Black of Toledo hit consecutive shots from beyond-the-arc in the final 45 seconds to lift the Rockets over the Bruins 53-48. Overall, there were six lead changes and five ties in the Tuesday morning contest. 

CONTINUED DOMINANCE: Ellie Harmeyer notched her fourth double-double of the season and the 21st of her career versus Toledo. Harmeyer's four double-doubles are the most she has ever recorded within the first 10 games of a season in her career. 

STRIVE FOR FIVE: Conley Chinn has grabbed five or more rebounds in seven of her first eight games this season. She holds the third highest rebound average on the team with 5.1 per game. 

LUCKY 17: Belmont held Toledo to 17 points in the first half, tying its season-best against UCF at home on Nov. 9.

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. Belmont then hosts Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Curb Event Center.