Bendigo rides winning wave into contest

ALTHOUGH the winning run is at 15, Bendigo Bank Spirit coach Bernie Harrower has warned against complacency in Saturday night's basketball clash with West Coast.

It's first against ninth as the Waves try to break Bendigo's unbeaten run at home in the 2013-14 WNBL season.

"We cannot afford to take anybody lightly," Harrower warned on Friday.

"It's been the message at training all week.

"We have to be ready to play and maintain a high standard of play," the long-time coach said.

Already this season the Spirit have been hurt during lapses in concentration.

The Waves tally is 1-15, but they pushed Logan Thunder to the final buzzer last round.

"They are quite a capable team. They play hard, try a lot of different things and are after their next win."

A key match-up will be Spirit star Kelsey Griffin against Toni Edmondson.

After playing for Bendigo in 2011-12, Edmondson headed west and has become a key player for the Waves.

Harrower said a key for Spirit was to maintain the momentum of last Saturday's 34-point win against Melbourne Boomers.

"Team defence is so important to our success. When we defend with that sort of intensity we had against Melbourne then we are going to be extremely difficult to beat."

Bendigo has also shown it's not reliant on two or three players to lead the attack in every match.

Stars in the Spirit's run include Gabe Richards, 229 points at 14.3 per game.

Richards has also won 145 rebounds and is the league's No.1 player for rebounds in attack.

Griffin, 199 points at 12.4; centre Elyse Penaluna, 167 at 11.1; and Kelly Wilson, 137 at 9.8; add plenty of scoring power.

Four-time Olympic representative Kristi Harrower shows no sign of slowing down. The champion guard leads the WNBL assists tally on 7.9 per game.

Chelsea Aubry, Sara Blicavs, Maddie Garrick, Jane Chalmers and Tessa  Lavey will ensure there's no let-up in Spirit's run.

Saturday night's match tips off at 7.30pm at Bendigo Stadium in Marong Road.  

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