The St. Catharine College women's basketball team is off to a 6-0 start. That is the best beginning for a Patriot team in the nine years that Lena Bramblett has headed the program. But don't expect Bramblett to start clearing a place on the trophy case for pos-season hardware.
"Don't get me wrong, I am pleased with the start," said Bramblett. "We have not played a cupcake schedule but we haven't even played a conference game yet and that is when it gets tough."
Not that some games haven't already been tough for the Patriots. Four of their six victories have been by nine points or less. The biggest margin of victory came Nov. 15 when they downed #12 Olivet Nazarene 113-78.
"That was a quality win," said Bramblett. "But I am still concerned about our defense. I know we can score but we have to be more consistent on defense. The strength of this team, however, is that they just seem to find a way to win."
St. Catharine has definitely shown some offensive firepower through the early part of the season. The Patriots are third in the nation in scoring and they are second in assists. They rank fourth in total offensive rebounds.
But still Bramblett carries a cautious approach regarding the exciting 6-0 start.
"Not to negate anything we have done so far but everybody just needs to relax," she added. "We're only six games into the season. We have to stay humble and hungry because the toughest stretch is yet to come."
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