NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont women's basketball used its third consecutive 90-plus point game to defeat Lipscomb, 91-59, Monday evening inside Allen Arena. The Bruins claimed their ninth-straight Battle of the Boulevard behind a double-double from senior guard Kylee Smith (Alpharetta, Ga.).
Six different players registered double-digit scoring efforts, including a team high 22 points from junior Darby Maggard (Larwill, Ind.). Behind the guard was Smith who collected 17 points along with 10 rebounds and six assists. Maddie Wright (Chattanooga, Tenn.) also tallied a double-double of her own with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sierra Jones scored 12 (Huntsville, Ala.) along with a pair of 10-point performances from Caitlyn Yost (Lewisburg, Tenn.) and Jenny Roy (Brentwood, Tenn.) rounded out the six.
Lipscomb (2-7) had four Bisons reaching the double-digit mark, headlined by 17 points, four rebounds and four assists from Lauren Rau and 15 tallies and three assists from Loren Cagle.
It took little time for the Bruins (8-2) to heat up behind the arc, hitting four treys in the opening five minutes of the game to go up early. While it may not have come from afar, Jones contributed three points of her own after earning an and-1 and converting at the line. Smith finished the first stanza tallying Belmont's final four points to put the team up, 22-14.
Both squads traded buckets to start the second quarter before the Bruins started to separate themselves. Yost and junior Ellie Harmeyer (Kenosha, Wisc.) collected back-to-back three-point plays for a quick six points for BU. The team hit four consecutive field goals in a span of two minutes and thirty seconds, but the Bisons hung around sinking their own to leave it a 17-point difference in favor of Belmont, 47-31, at the half.
LU looked to close the gap on BU to start the second half, hitting a pair of threes in the first couple minutes. Maggard halted the Bisons momentum after navigating through traffic in the lane and pulling up for a jumper that would ultimately result in three points for the Bruins. BU started the third stanza going 6-for-7 from the field to extend their advantage, 65-44. Yost drained her third trey of the game and followed up by wearing a charge on the opposite end of the court. Yost's play resulted in a three for Maggard that gave Belmont it's largest lead of the game up to that point, 25 points, with time expiring in the third.
Yost from downtown! The rookie drains her third trey of the night to put BU up, 68-46, with 2:04 left in the third. THEN she wears the charge on the next play!— Belmont WBasketball (@BelmontWBB) December 5, 2017
The Bruins struggled to get much going in the final frame, suffering a pair of three-minute scoring droughts throughout the 10-minute frame. Despite having a hard time finding the bottom of the basket, they managed to muster 18 points to once again hit the 90-point plateau.
Belmont will be back in action on Thursday, Dec. 14 to take on Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark. Tip is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. inside the Convocation Center.