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Bruin Blitz 2/19/16

The Belmont Vision is on the road this week at the Southeastern Journalism Conference so we will be bringing you Bruin Blitz in written form.

Leading off with basketball, the men’s and women’s teams traveled to Morehead State on Saturday for a doubleheader.

The men were up first and led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but fell short and lost 78-77. Senior Craig Bradshaw led all scorers with 28 points.

The women were up next and were able to come away with a comfortable victory to extend their winning streak to 10 games by a score of 89-74. Junior Lauren Thompson led the way with 18 points and six rebounds.

The women then traveled to UT Martin for a game against the top team in the conference. The Bruins kept the game close, but their winning streak came to an end by a score of 81-79. Freshman Darby Maggard scored a career-high 26 points and sophomore Kylee Smith finished with a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double.

The men were back in action on the road Thursday playing an Eastern Kentucky which beat them earlier in the season. This time, the Bruins came out on top 86-78 with Bradshaw scoring a season-high 33 points.

Moving onto the diamond, the Belmont softball team started off their 2016 season with four games at the Sand Dollar Classic in Gulf Shores, Alabama Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The team lost all four games they played.

Now onto track and field. The men’s and women’s teams were both in competition at the Music City Challenge down the road at Vanderbilt University on Friday and Saturday.

The women recorded eight top-15 finishes while the men racked up 16 top-15 finishes at the event. Notable results include senior Hannah Wittman breaking her own school record for the indoor mile by 11 seconds and junior Del McSpadden finishing second overall and first among OVC throwers in the weight throw.

Their performances at the Music City Challenge netted Wittman OVC Track and Field Female Athlete of the Week honors and McSpadden OVC Track and Field co-Male Athlete of the Week honors. It is the second time this season both athletes have won the awards.

Both tennis teams were also in action over the weekend. On Friday, the women swept Cumberland University to move to .500 on the season. Meanwhile, the men went up against rival Lipscomb on Saturday and lost a tough match 4-3.

Coming up in sports, the women’s tennis team is on the road Friday against Alabama-Huntsville with a scheduled start time of 6:30 p.m.

The softball team will be on the road again at the Louisiana Tech Invitational. They will be playing five games over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The baseball team opens up their season with a three game series against Illinois State from Friday through Sunday. The team will be on the road Wednesday for a single game at the University of Memphis with a start time of 4 p.m.

Men’s and women’s basketball will play their final home games of the season against Tennessee Tech in a doubleheader on Saturday. The women will tip-off first at 3 p.m. followed by the men at 5.

The women will also play a game at Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday. Tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.

We will be back in video format for an all new episode at next Friday.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @sportsatbu for all the latest Belmont athletic news.

Go Bruins.

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