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Women’s basketball grabs third straight OVC Championship title after narrow overtime win

For the third year in a row, the No. 22 Belmont women’s basketball team grabbed the OVC Championship title, after narrowly defeating UT Martin in overtime.

OVC Final Women's Basketball vs UT Martin 2018

The Bruins had to crawl out of a nine-point hole late in the third quarter, coming back after a seven-point run from senior Kylee Smith.

Junior Darby Maggard, who had only made one three-pointer for the first thirty minutes of play, forced the overtime by sinking a three with just 4.5 seconds left on the clock.

On top of her third straight OVC Championship title, Maggard was also awarded OVC MVP.

Saturday’s victory also marks the first OVC Championship title for first-year head coach Bart Brooks.

Senior Sally McCabe grabbed yet another double-double, with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Maggard and Smith each put up an additional 15 points.

Junior Jenny Roy was also key for the Bruins offense, grabbing 14 rebounds.

The win secures the Bruins a spot in the NCAA tournament

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This article written by Zach Gilchriest. Photos by Carina Eudy and Zach Gilchriest.

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