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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont Bruins welcome the UCF Knights to the Curb Event Center for the first time in over a decade on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in the non-conference tilt. 

GAME NOTES

The Bruins (1-0) hold a 3-5 all-time series record against Knights, as they logged a home victory in their last meeting with UCF by a score of 63-49 in 2005-06. The former Atlantic Sun rivals met eight times before the Knights became a member of Conference USA following the 2005-06 season.

LAST TIME OUT: Belmont collected a season-opening 63-50 victory over the Chattanooga Mocs at the Curb Event Center Wednesday night. Senior Ellie Harmeyer propelled the Bruins with a double-double of 22 points and a career-best 20 rebounds. 

Sophomore Conley Chinn chipped in 12 points and five rebounds for Belmont, as senior Maura Muensterman and freshman Kiki Britzmann each nabbed nine points in the win. Belmont held the Mocs to a 34-percent clip from the field on 19-of-56 shooting. Only one Chattanooga player recorded double-figure points. 

SCOUTING UCF: The Knights (1-0) are led by head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, who enters her fourth season at the helm of the program. UCF has notched a 70-30 record under Abrahamson-Henderson, including three-consecutive 20-win seasons in each of her years as head coach. 

The Knights kicked off their season with a 74-58 home victory over Pitt on Wednesday. Four different players logged 10-plus points for UCF in the win, as senior guard Kay Kay Wright led the squad in scoring with 16 points.

TRACK RECORD: The Bruins hold an undefeated 2-0 record against American Athletic Conference (AAC) foes in the Bart Brooks era. Dating back to the 2017-18 season, Belmont has defeated Tulsa twice to keep the record intact. The Bruins have beaten the Golden Hurricanes by a combined margin of 50 points over the last two years.

LENGTHY LINEUP: Belmont's starting five against Chattanooga was its tallest lineup started in the OVC Era, with each of the players eclipsing the 6-foot mark. The starters included senior Maura Muensterman (6-foot), freshman Kiki Britzmann (6-foot), sophomore Conley Chinn (6-foot-1), senior Ellie Harmeyer (6-foot) and senior Maddie Wright (6-foot-1).

FOLLOW THE BRUINS: Saturday's bout can be streamed via ESPN+, tracked through live stats, or listened to on the Bruin Sports Network

UP NEXT: Belmont hits the road for the first time in the 2019-20 season to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in Bowling Green, Ky on Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. in E.A. Diddle Arena.