Although down for the majority of the game, the women’s basketball team battled to win a 67-57 home victory over OVC opponent Murray State.
The Bruins’ defense was the deciding factor and ultimately helped them earn the win to improve to 4-2 in conference play and remain at a steady third place in the eastern division.
“The rebounding on the defensive end propelled our offense,” said coach Cameron Newbauer.
Belmont struggled to defend Saturday on the road at UT Martin so they wanted to prove they could step it up in front of a home crowd.
“We were disappointed in Saturday’s game and with the effort that we had so we made it a point to come out tonight and want to compete,” he said.
And compete they did.
The Bruins and Racers both notched 52 rebounds, and Belmont scored 18 points off of turnovers, eight more than Murray State that proved to be enough of a winning margin.
“We didn’t play great offensively tonight, but defensively we rebounded. We did a really good job.”
Frankie Joubran completed the game with an impressive total of 17 rebounds. She was followed by Lauren Thompson and Adrienne Tarrence, each with 6.
Joubran earned the majority of those rebounds in the first half with ten and continued her momentum into the second half.
The Bruins started off strong with a 9-2 run guided by Molly Ernst who made a back-to-back pair of early 3-pointers, but the Racers were quick to rebound and earned their first lead of the game at 11-10.
With a 33-27 lead at the half, the Racers carried their lead into the next half where the Bruins would respond to the challenge set before them.
Belmont started off strong in the second half and eventually worked their way back up to take the lead at 48-47 with a 3-pointer from Katie Carroll halfway through the second half, forcing the Racers to call a timeout.
“We kind of pulled it together in the locker room before the second half and just knew we had to come out and play harder,” said Carroll.
Carroll provided the team with momentum immediately after the break, improving their lead to 51-47.
As the leading scorer with 15 points, Carroll’s efforts were nearly matched by Jordyn Luffman (13), and Taylor Mills (10).
A late 3-pointer from Luffman secured the win for the Bruins, and the game ended with a final score of 67-57.
The Bruins make the short trip down the road Saturday to face Tennessee State at 5:30 p.m.
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