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‘Belles head to Abilene to battle fierce Felines

‘Belles sit in the middle of the Lone Star Conference rankings

Staff Writer

Published: Friday, January 25, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 16:01

ASU’s ‘Belles are headed to Abilene to face ACU’s Wildcats for round two of their 2013 matchups.

Round one went to Wildcats by a score of 53-39 and now the ‘Belles are looking to spoil ACU’s home court.

The ‘Belles’ season up to this point has been with the team being in the middle of everything, including statistics.

There are 11 teams in the Lone Star Conference and, the ‘Belles are ranked in the middle in three major categories.

They are sixth in wins with a 7-9 record, they are seventh in points scored per game with 60.5 and they are sixth in points allowed with 61.

They have scored 968 points and allowed 976 points, which is an eight-point difference between points scored and points allowed.

In contrast to ASU, Abilene Christian has scored 1212 points and allowed 956 points, which is a 256-point differential.

Abilene Christian is tied for first place in the Lone Star Conference at the moment and, for ASU to beat them, they will have to be better than a median basketball team that gives up as many points as it scores.

The ‘Belles have yet to hit that groove of consistency that would propel them into the Top 25 rankings despite having talented players on their squad like, sophomore forward Haylee Oliver, junior guard Leah LeMaire and junior center Lauren Holt.

Oliver is the reigning co-Freshman of the Year from 2012 and has scored 178 points, but in the first game against Abilene Christian, she scored zero.

The ‘Belles have not had a winning streak longer than two games and, have had overtime and a double-overtime game this year.

The ‘Belles’ largest margin of victory this year has been 10 points and smallest margin of victory has been six points.

Whereas, the Wildcats are on a six-game winning streak with victory margins as low as 14 and as high as 87 points.

The ‘Belles have the added disadvantage of the fact that they lost the first matchup to Abilene Christian 53-39 while shooting a combined 12/51 from the floor with no three-pointers.

Holt leads the entire conference in blocked shots with 37 and six in the first game against Abilene Christian as well as leading the team in scoring with 188 points, but even she cannot carry this team game after game.

The ‘Belles have a long road ahead of them to propel themselves into one of the top team in the Lone Star Conference and it starts with a matchup against the Wildcats on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Abilene.


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