No. 23 Belmont women win 18th straight

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Kylee Smith had 17 points and eight rebounds, Sally McCabe added 16 points and nine boards, and Belmont won its 18th straight with a 66-35 victory over Jacksonville State on Wednesday night.

Belmont held JSU to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters and led 49-22 entering the fourth for its 42nd consecutive Ohio Valley Conference victory. It’s the second longest streak in the nation behind No. 1 UConn at 94.

Darby Maggard added 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting for Belmont (27-3, 17-0). Smith made three of Belmont’s 10 3-pointers, including one in the second quarter to become the 10th Bruin to reach 1,400 career points.

Jacksonville State (17-11, 11-6) was just 12-of-63 shooting (19 percent), including 3 of 16 from 3-point range, and hit just 8 of 15 free throws. Rayven Pearson grabbed 11 rebounds and Tasha Magruder had eight boards and five blocks.

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