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Women's Basketball Beats In-State Rival

Jailyn Banks going to work, Melody Scott

The three-point line was the Bruins’ best friend during their big 14-point win against Middle Tennessee State University on Sunday.

Junior Kilyn McGuff had a game-high 22 points with four three-pointers.

The Bruins also redeemed themselves and went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line after missing 15 free throws on the road at Troy last week.

Belmont dominated the beginning of the game as it darted up and down the court and completed a 14-0 run, leaving the Lady Raiders in the dust.

Back-to-back threes from McGuff and junior Kendal Cheesman got the crowd fired up in Curb Event Center as the Bruins continued to extend their lead.

Belmont led 38-23 at the half.

The Bruins came out of the locker room with the same intensity and sank the first points of the second half.

Losing by 16, the Lady Raiders began full court pressing to put extra pressure on the Bruins.

That didn’t stop the determined Belmont team, who broke through the full-court press and increased their lead to 20 points.

Freshman Jailyn Banks ended the third quarter with a buzzer-beater, getting the team and crowd excited for the fourth.

The Lady Raiders had a better fourth quarter, outscoring the Bruins 20-15.

However, it was not enough to beat Belmont as they pulled off a 71-57 win.

This is the Bruins’ third straight victory this season and makes them 4-1 against MTSU under Head Coach Bart Brooks.

Brooks also earned his 150th win in less than 200 games.

But he said he was the most impressed with how his team played a complete game.

“They are really good. We had to play really well to beat them,” Brooks said. “This was the best connected effort we’ve had defensively this year. Obviously when you shoot the ball like we shot it, that makes for a pretty good game.”

Belmont will look to continue its hot streak when it hosts Lipscomb University Wednesday in what will be the 77th Battle of the Boulevard.


This article was written by Bree Fabbie

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