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Tennessee Tech Preview

Tennessee Tech Preview

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont women's basketball (14-5, 11-3 OVC) begins its final road trip of the year against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (13-7, 11-6 OVC) Tuesday night. Tip is slated for 6 p.m. at the Hooper Eblen Center in Cookeville, Tenn.


The Bruins and the Golden Eagles will meet for the 57th time in the series history on Tuesday night, as Belmont leads by a 29-27 margin all-time. The Bruins also hold a 15-4 record against Tennessee Tech since joining the OVC in 2012 and has won each of its last five meetings with its in-state foe. 

In their last matchup on Saturday, Belmont took down the Golden Eagles, 73-61, behind a combined 49 points from the duo of freshman guard Destinee Wells and junior forward Conley Chinn

LAST TIME OUT: A combined 49 points from Wells and Chinn led the Bruins past Tennessee Tech, 73-61, on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at the Curb Event Center. 

Wells (26 points) and Chinn (23 points) both matched their career highs in scoring, while Belmont shot a season-high 57 percent from the field. Wells and fellow freshman guard Tuti Jones each dished a team-best four assists, as Chinn grabbed a team-high five boards on the afternoon. 

In total, the Bruins finished with 42 points in the paint, which marked its third time this season eclipsing 40-plus points in the paint. It also dished out 16 assists for its 13th game with 15 or more assists this year. 

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES: Tennessee Tech is led by fifth-year head coach Kim Rosamond, who holds a 69-73 record in her time with the program. Last season, the Golden Eagles finished with a 17-13 (10-8, OVC) record, as they were knocked out the first round of the conference tournament by the eventual champions, Southeast Missouri. 

This season, Tennessee Tech is off to a 13-7 start, as Belmont snapped its four-game winning streak last weekend. Notably, the Golden Eagles took down UT Martin on the road on Feb. 6.

WHO TO WATCH FOR: Four players currently average 10 or more points per game for Tennessee Tech this season. Senior guard Kesha Brady leads all Golden Eagles in scoring (12.0 ppg), while senior guard Jordan Brock (11.1 ppg) dropped 30 points on Saturday.

Additionally, four different players average five-plus rebounds per game, as sophomore guard Jada Guinn leads the Golden Eagles in assists with an average of 3.8 per contest.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Freshman guard Destinee Wells' 26 points make her the first Belmont freshman since Alysha Clark (2005-06) to register at least five 20-point games in a season. Clark currently plays for the WNBA's Washington Mystics. 

PAINT DOMINANCE: With 42 points from the paint in Saturday's win over the Golden Eagles, the Bruins have racked up 40-plus points in the paint three separate times this season.

WINNING COMFORTABLY: Belmont averages the highest scoring margin the OVC (+10.7), which is also ranked at No. 46 in the nation. The Bruins are one of two programs in the conference with an average scoring margin above 10 points. 

FOLLOW THE BRUINS: Tuesday's tilt can be streamed via ESPN+, heard through the Bruin Sports Network or tracked through live stats.

UP NEXT: Belmont finishes out the regular season with road matchups at Eastern Kentucky on Thursday (4 p.m.) and at Morehead State on Saturday (12 p.m.).