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Belles look to even up record at Anderson

Coyer, Steve | Tuesday, December 2, 2003

The Belles have been making adjustments since their season began and will look to keep benefiting from this change when they face Anderson College tonight.

In a 73-62 victory last week against Manchester College, the Belles (1-2) made improvements that they hope will carry over the rest of the season.

“We came out against Manchester and were a much quicker and more aggressive team,” said head coach Suzanne Bellina. “We had four players in double figures and shot the ball much better.”

The Belles will need to continue that effort as they face a tough Anderson team that is 3-1 and plays with a hard-nosed defense and quick offense.

“With Anderson, we’re facing a team that plays in a style very similar to ours,” said Bellina. “They play scrappy defense with a quick transition game and we’ll have to be prepared to keep up with them.”

The Belles will continue to rely on a core group of juniors that has consistently led the team this year.

Center Emily Creachbaum has been the leader for the Belles along with guard Katie Boyce and center Maureen Bush. Against Manchester, Creachbaum had 16 points and 10 rebounds while Bush and Boyce contributed 10 and 17 points respectively.

“The juniors have been there to keep the team positive all season,” Bellina said. “We’ve had great performances this year from Creachbaum, Boyce and Bush.”

The Belles hope to continue their improvement wherever they can. The team shot 43 percent against Manchester compared to shooting less than 34 percent in both games to start their season.

“We need to keep getting better every game to get to the level we want to reach,” Bellina said. “Our defense has been very good so far, but we’re looking to force some more action on offense.”

The Belles play tonight at Anderson College at 7 p.m.