Smith scores 30, No. 23 Belmont women run OVC streak to 37

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Kylee Smith scored 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 23 Belmont ended the regular season with its 37th straight Ohio Valley Conference win, 84-42 over Tennessee State on Saturday.

Junior Darby Maggard added 17 points with five 3-pointers, the fourth – her 100th of the season and 300th of her career – making her the third Bruin this year to surpass 1,400 points. Seniors Smith and Sally McCabe passed 1,400.

The Bruins (28-3, 18-0), who have won 19 straight, outscored the Tigers (6-21, 4-14) 23-14 in the second quarter to lead 42-29 at the half. Then Belmont shot 52 percent in the second half to 14 percent for Tennessee State, which finished at 26 percent. Belmont also had a 54-29 rebounding advantage and 26 assists on 32 baskets.

Tia Wooten, the league’s leading scorer at 21.5 points, had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers.