NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont Bruins (15-8, 10-2 OVC) will host the Tennessee State Lady Tigers (3-19, 1-11 OVC) in a cross-town battle Thursday night. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. at the Curb Event Center.
The Bruins and the Lady Tigers will meet for the 46th time in the series history and the 16th time since Belmont joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 2012. The Bruins lead the all-time series by a 34-11 margin and have won each of their last nine contests against Tennessee State.
Belmont swept its 2018-19 slate against the Lady Tigers, as it last notched an 80-46 road victory in their last meeting on Feb. 13, 2019. Senior Ellie Harmeyer recorded a monster double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds in the bout, as five Bruins tallied double-figure points.
LAST TIME OUT: Three players logged double-figure points to propel Belmont past the Austin Peay Governors, 69-46, Saturday afternoon at the Curb Event Center. The Bruins extended their home winning streak to 17 games inside the Curb in their annual "Think Pink" matchup. Junior Madison Treece led the Bruins with a career-high 13 points in 11 minutes on the court, while the senior tandem of Ellie Harmeyer and Maddie Wright posted 12 and 10 points respectively. Sophomore Jamilyn Kinney recorded a near double-double of nine points and a career-high tying nine assists.
A GLANCE AT THE LADY TIGERS: Tennessee State is led by head coach Jessica Kern, who has posted a 14-65 record in her three years at the helm of the program. The Lady Tigers have missed the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in each of the last three seasons, as they have finished with single-digit wins in each of Kern's first two seasons. Tennessee State is off to a 3-19 (1-11 OVC) start to the year, as they snapped a 12-game losing streak and notched their first conference win this season with a 96-81 home victory over Murray State Saturday.
WHO TO WATCH FOR: The duo of junior Taylor Roberts and sophomore Jazmine Young lead the Lady Tigers with a combined average of 23.8 points per game this year. Junior Jaden Wrightsell averages a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game, while young leads all Tennessee State players with 2.2 assists per matchup. Young, Wrightsell and freshman Deaja Richardson each logged 20-point games in the Lady Tigers' victory on Saturday.
STILL STREAKING: The Bruins currently boast a 17-game home winning streak dating back to last season. Belmont's last loss in the Curb Event Center came over a year ago to Tennessee Tech on Jan. 5, 2019, as it has lost one home conference game since 2015.
SERIES DOMINANCE: Belmont has won its last nine matchups with the Lady Tigers, as it has recorded an average scoring margin of 21.8 points per game in that span.
DOUBLE-FIGURE DENIAL: The Bruins held Austin Peay to no double-figure scorers in Saturday's victory, which marks the first time they have accomplished the feat in the 2019-20 season.
UP NEXT: Belmont stays home to take on Jacksonville State Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Curb Event Center.