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SMC Basketball: Undefeated Belles hope to continue record at Anderson

Joe Wirth | Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Belles will put their undefeated record to the test at Anderson College Tuesday. They have won each of their games by 26.6 points three games into the season.

“We are very fortunate and happy to be 3-0, but it is still very early in the season and we need to make sure we continue to improve,” interim Belles head coach Patrick O’Daniel said.

The Ravens (1-1) opened their season with an impressive victory over Robert Morris, but were humbled in their last game with a 28-point defeat at the hands of Thomas More College. O’Daniel said the Belles focus on their own game they should be in good shape despite . “Anderson is a team we believe has improved from last year. We will certainly prepare for them based on their player personnel and their offense and defense they might play against us, but we will also focus on what we need to do to be successful,” O’Daniel said.

O’Daniel cited specific areas of the game he will look for improvement in against Anderson.

“Our goal and focus preparing for this game is to play good defense, execute and stay discipline on offense, cut down on our turnovers, and control the boards on both ends,” O’Daniel said.

As their last two wins have been on their home court, O’Daniel showed worry about the team’s ability to win on the road.

“Anytime you play a team on their home court, there is concern because you know they will be ready to play,” he said. ” We need to continue to build on what we have done in our first three games on the road and hopefully we can continue this great start.”

The game against Anderson will be the Belles’ third game in five days, but O’Daniel said he thinks their depth will be the difference maker in the game.

“Playing three games in five days is certainly a challenge for any team. Anderson is also playing their third game in five days. Fortunately we have been able to use our depth and play a lot of players in all three games played thus far,” O’Daniel said. “I am hopeful this will help us in terms of players not being tired and they will have good energy and intensity throughout the game.”

Tip off between the Belles and Ravens will be at 7:30 p.m. at Anderson’s Kardatzke Wellness Center.