2013-14 Basketball Outlook
Transitions can be difficult. That point was made to the 2012-13 basketball squad after the graduation of one of the largest and highest-scoring classes in program history in 2012. But with last season fading fast in the rear-view mirror, new opportunities await the 2013-14 Saint Mary’s basketball team.
Several experienced contributors are back on the court for the Belles this winter. The seven returning players from last season’s team contributed more than 80 percent of the team’s points and nearly 79 percent of the Belles’ rebounds a year ago. Seniors Shanlynn Bias, an All-MIAA Second Team performer last year, and Katherine Wabler along with junior Ariana Paul lead the returning core of players that are motivated to make some noise in the MIAA and battle for a spot in the top-four MIAA Tournament.
The Belles have a solid schedule that will provide them with many chances to be competitive in their 16-game conference season. That schedule tips off against highly-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at the St. Norbert Tip-Off Tournament. The Warhawks were the national runner up last season after losing 69-51 in the Division III Championship game and are ranked No. 2 in the nation by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and No. 4 by d3hoops.com in the pre-season polls.
That showdown against one of the highest-ranked teams in the nation will prepare the Belles for their four combined contests against Hope (t-4th WBCA/9th d3hoops.com) and Calvin (12th WBCA/RV d3hoops.com) in conference play this year.
The Belles host Anderson on Tuesday, November 26 for their home opener at 7:30 p.m. Saint Mary’s starts conference play eight days later on the road at Adrian.