Preparing for Battle

Preparing for Battle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  Belmont women's basketball makes the two-mile trek down Belmont Blvd. to take on the Lipscomb Bisons (2-6) on Monday, Dec. 4. The Battle of the Boulevard is slated for a 5 p.m. tip inside Allen Arena.


Belmont moved to 7-2 on the season after defeating Presbyterian College, 90-48, pouring in 90 points for its second consecutive game and the third time this season. BU is 1-1 in true road games in the 2017-18 campaign, while boasting a mark of 3-2 in games away from the Curb Event Center.

BU's offensive production has been led by veterans Kylee Smith (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) who are averaging 18.9 and 15.3 points per game, respectively. As a team, the Bruins are averaging 78.4 points per game while shooting .449 from the field. They rank among the top three the conference in assists (1st), three-point field goals made (1st), assist turnover ratio (1st), free throw percentage (2nd), rebounding margin (2nd), field goal percentage (2nd), free throw percentage (2nd), scoring offense (2nd), and three-point field goal percentage (2nd).

The squad has out-rebounded their opponents 391-305, averaging 43.4 rebounds per game. BU is outscoring its opponents by a margin of 18.7 points, having poured in at least 70 points in all but one of its first nine contests.  


Belmont has won its last eight meetings with the Bisons, and boast a 21-6 record in the Bruins Division I era. BU has won by an average of 20 points over its last eight contests against the Bisons. 


Last year's NCAA three-point percentage champion Darby Maggard got out to a hot start to her junior campaign, draining nine three-pointers at Tulsa to tie a program record for the most threes made in a game. The only other time a Bruin has scored that many was Jenny Conkle against Mercer in 2004-05. Maggard is one of six players in the nation to hit nine threes in a game this season. The Larwill, Ind. native leads the squad with 29 treys this season. 


BU is a perfect 23-0 when scoring at least 80 points over the last three seasons. The Bruins have already scored 80+ four times in the 2017-18 campaign. The Bruins 90-point win over the Blue Hose marked its 21st game scoring at least 90 points in the last 21 years, they boast a perfect record in such games. They are 116-1 when scoring 90+ points all-time. 


Belmont has had at least four players score in double figures in five games so far this season, winning all such games. Kylee Smith has tallied double digits in every game, while Darby Maggard has done so in all but one contest. Six players tallied double digits against Trevecca (11.28) for the first time since January 9, 2016 against Eastern Illinois.


Sophomore Maddie Wright (Chattanooga, Tenn.) scored a career-best 16 points against the Blue Hose. The forward neared a double-double with nine rebounds while also dishing out three assists.