Prior to this weekend, the last time the Belmont women's basketball team lost an Ohio Valley Conference game was over two years ago on February 15th, 2016. To put that into perspective, that's 1,056 days and only UConn held a longer active conference win streak.
This past weekend, the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles ended that 47-game win streak in a 77-72 win over the Bruins in Nashville. And it was a complete team effort.
Offensively, Tennessee Tech came out hot out of the gate, building themselves a 39-27 halftime lead. Sophomore guard Abby Buckner was a true X-factor for the Golden Eagles in the win coming in and knocking down 2-3 three-pointers in the first period to fuel the fast offensive start. She finished with 18 along with Jordan Brock who went a perfect 4-4 from beyond the arc.
TTU came into the contest averaging seven made three's a game but connected on 10 in the win.
The well-rounded offensive effort by the Golden Eagles resulted in shooting 43.5-percent from the three-point line, they took care of the ball, attacked gaps, got into the paint and got themselves to the free throw line. TTU connected on 15-19 from the charity stripe as opposed to Belmont's 6-10.
Defensively, they held a high efficiency Bruin offense well under their average in the first half. But a dominant and veteran Belmont squad wasn't going to just roll over. Tech did a great job of handling their second-half offensive runs, including their six made three-pointers in the final quarter.
Ellie Harmeyer finished with a game-high 22 points while OVC Preseason Player of the Year, Darby Maggard, finished with 19.
Tennessee Tech's 10 wins makes it the second-fasted OVC team to reach ten wins this season. They're a young team with nine of their 13 being underclassmen but are also a deep team, which is one of their greatest strengths. Any given night head coach Kim Rosamond is typically playing 10 players, an unusual number for many programs. It is evident that this is an unselfish squad who has truly bought into their system and team-first mentality.
"I am just so happy for our players," said Rosamond who is in just her third season at the helm of TTU. "It's a huge win for our team, but it's also big for our program as we try to get back to an elite level."
Tennessee Tech holds a rich history in the OVC with 18 regular season titles, nine OVC tournament titles and 10 NCAA appearances. Rosamond and her squad have a solid foundation to build on and appear to be taking steps in the right direction.
Any time you have a team buying in the way they are buying in to her and her staff, it can be scary for opponents.
Tennessee Tech is currently on a five game win streak sitting at 10-3, 2-0 in the OVC and is back in action this week when they host SIUE on Thursday, January 10th.
Belmont sits at 8-5, 1-1 and will look to bounce back that same night as they host Morehead State.