Belmont University

March 16, 2007

Women's Basketball Media Day Quotes - Friday


First of all, I’m very excited. I don’t think we are here just to play, I think we are here to compete. We’ve done some things particularly this year to hopefully prepare us for this situation," said Head Coach Tony Cross.

Click here to read more quotes from Cross and Belmont players Jessica Bobbitt, Alysha Clark, Angel Jones and Destri Bockey.

Cross To Face Friend, Mentor In Landers

The Nashville City Paper reported Friday morning on the long-standing friendship between Belmont Bruins women's basketball coach Tony Cross and their NCAA tournament first-round rival, No. 14-seed Georgia Lady Bulldogs' coach Andy Landers. Click here to read the article.

March 14, 2007

Belmont's Justin Hare Redefines "Team Player"

attach.jpgThe official NCAA blog, Double-A Zone featured Belmont junior guard Justin Hare this morning.

The official blog of the NCAA, the Double-A Zone ( is an open forum for discussions to take place about issues in intercollegiate athletics. Exciting and passionate conversations take place online each and every day, and the popularity of the blog has grown since its inception.

Alysha Clark of Belmont's championship women's basketball team will be features on the forum later in the week.

During his sophomore year, Belmont guard Justin Hare started all but two games for the Bruins. Hare averaged 15.6 points per contest, earned second-team all-Atlantic Sun honors, was the conference tournament MVP and led Belmont to the NCAA tournament. One year later, he is arguably the best bench player in the field of 65.

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to read the Double-A Zone.

March 13, 2007

Bruins In Starting Five

The Tennessean reported Monday on the Belmont Bruins women's basketball team's inclusion in the NCAA tournament - the program's first-ever appearance - and its place as one of five women's programs from Tennessee invited to the tournament.

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to read the article.

Bruins Dance Their Way to Minneapolis

The Nashville City Paper reported on the lively celebration for the Belmont Bruins women's basketball team Monday night as they learned where they were headed for the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Alysha Clark issued a friendly reminder on Monday that March is a time for dancing.

Before ESPN’s broadcast of the NCAA tournament selection show even began, the Belmont star initiated an impromptu dance party with her teammates inside the Beaman Student Life Center, where hundreds showed up to find out the Bruins’ fate for the upcoming Big Dance.

It turns out, the Bruins will be headed to Minneapolis as a No. 14 seed to take on Georgia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. When Belmont’s name flashed on the screen, Clark and her teammates upheld a time-honored tradition of leaping out of their seats and cheering raucously.

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March 12, 2007

Belmont's Men Want More Than One Song At This Dance

The Tennessean reports Monday morning on the Belmont men's basketball team's reaction to its 15-seed and matchup against No. 2-seed Georgetown in the opening round of the NCAA Championship Tournament on Thursday. Click here to read the article.

The Nashville City Paper was on Belmont's campus Sunday night to capture the team and fans' reaction at the Selection Show viewing party. Click here to read the City Paper article.

March 07, 2007

"Competitive fire took Byrd to top of the mountain"

The Nashville City Paper profiled men's basketball head coach Rick Byrd and his storied career at Belmont in the Wednesday edition of the paper. The article states:

"With all due respect to alums Trisha Yearwood and Brad Paisley, Belmont’s biggest star these days is Rick Byrd.

It has nothing to do with his Vince Gill dealings, but with his 21 years on campus, his 500-plus career wins and now his two NCAA tournament berths, Byrd has his earned his status as the symbol of Belmont University. Except for those few days last year when Keith Urban was rehearsing at the Curb Event Center for the CMA’s, Byrd has always been the biggest star on campus."

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