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Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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Jam-Packed Nine Days Await BCC Women

November 29, 2012 - Approaching a point in the schedule where her team faces five games in nine days Brevard Community College women's basketball coach Renee Bellamy is preaching preparation.

The women are 2-4 heading into the JUCO Shootout at Gainesville's Santa Fe Community College. They'll play Tallahassee Community College at 4 p.m. Friday and Santa Fe, for the third time this season, at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

After that Chipola College comes calling at the Melbourne Campus gym at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 and then it's back on the road for the Daytona State College tournament on Dec. 7-8.

BCC hosts the two-day Lady Titan Classic on Dec. 14-15 before heading into the holiday break. The team resumes competition on Dec. 28 at Hillsborough Community College.

"One of the biggest things is mental preparation," Bellamy said. "The mental preparation is key when you have five games in nine days. Conditioning wise they were up (Tuesday morning) at 6 o'clock.

"This will be a test for our ladies, to see truly and honestly where they are as far as competitiveness," Bellamy added about the stretch of games. "To have these particular teams before us will be a good situation for us leading into January because Jan. 5 is our first conference game with Broward.

"It kind of helps us build on that competitiveness and get us ready for the (Florida College System Activities Association) Southern Conference."

Bellamy believes her team must be more consistent. She is surprised at the effort of several freshmen who she said have met the challenge. Yet, she believes some of her sophomores need to be more consistent.

"That's something that we talked about yesterday, what their responsibilities are and need to be," she said.

BCC has lost twice to Santa Fe, 88-83 at home on Nov. 6 and 97-66 in Gainesville on Nov. 16. Bellamy will be looking to sophomore co-captain Shaneece Stephens, who is averaging 16.3 points per game — the only player in double figures — to set the offensive tone along with classmate and co-captain Kasie Berry who is averaging 8.8 points per game.

Sophomore Shante Stevenson leads in assists with 1.8 per game. Freshman Nia Frederick leads in rebounding averaging 5.7 per game.