Updated: Oct 3, 2022
The women’s basketball team sent the Austin Peay Governors home with a 69-46 win at the Curb Event Center on Saturday afternoon.
Just two weeks before, the Bruins were barely able to hold the lead as they stayed on top by just one in a 53-52 victory.
Thursday’s match began unsteadily for the Bruins on the offensive end, turning the ball over in the first two possessions and putting their first two shots.
Seniors Ellie Harmeyer and Maura Muensterman helped pick up the pace with consecutive threes that sent the team on an 8-0 run. After a contested layup by Maddie Wright, the Governors were forced to take a timeout before the lead became unredeemable.
The timeout proved to be unhelpful as Jamelyn Kinney kept the lead going with yet another three for the Bruins, making her the third Bruin to produce from behind the arc within the first seven minutes.
Austin Peay didn’t let the Bruin lead get them down, as they went on a run of their own tallying 10 points to keep themselves within a double-figure deficit.
With the last possession being with the Governors, the Bruins force Austin Peay to take a last second and heavily contested shot that misses the rim by a mile, making the score 19-10 going into the second quarter.
Senior Maddie Wright finished the quarter going 2-3 from the field, recording 4 points, three boards and one block in just five minutes on the floor.
The second quarter, much like the first, began a little shaky, with four turnovers in the first three minutes that forced them into a three-minute scoring drought.
Their defense made up for the drought, however, as the Bruins put the Governors into a similar situation forcing them to four turnovers as well.
The game finally picked up offensively when Muensterman put up her second three of the game, followed by layups from Harmeyer and Kinney extending their lead to 13 points.
The Bruins tallied a total of 20 points in the second quarter, shooting 58 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc. They helped secure their lead as they held the Governors to just 6 points in the final 10 minutes of the half making the score 39-16 going into the second half.
Sophomore Conley Chin put the first numbers of the second half on the board with an easy layup assisted by Kinney. Shortly after, the Bruins went on a scoring drought that gave the Governors time to minimize the lead.
The Bruins, however, were able to pick right back up making three straight baskets to extend the lead to over 20 once again. They continued to dominate the quarter with another 19 point show and tough defensive efforts with 13 rebounds.
The Bruins remained in control for the final 10 minutes of the game. Three different players for Belmont put up double figure games, including junior Madison Treece who went 3-4 from the floor with a Belmont career-high 13 points in her 11 minutes on the floor.
The Bruins will remain at home in the Curb Event Center as they take on the Tennessee State Tigers for their first meet of the season, tip off is set for 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Article written by Julieann Challacombe. Photos by Bronte Lebo.