2016-17 Basketball Outlook
New leadership and new opportunities stand on the horizon for the Saint Mary’s basketball team in the 2016-17 season. Seven returning student-athletes are joined by seven newcomers as the Belles open their first season under head coach Melissa Makielski.
Kelsey Ronan ’17 and Aspen Davis ’17 return to the team along with Erin Maloney ’19, Gabby Crown ’18, Gabby Diamond’18, Caroline Macius ’19, and Kelsey Trimble ’18. Ronan started in each of the team’s 25 games a season ago and leads all returning players in points per game and rebounds per game. Davis returned from an injury and appeared in the team’s final 11 games of the year a season ago and will be looked upon for her leadership on and off the court.
Maloney takes over the reins in the point guard position while continuing to be a stalwart on the defensive end of the floor. She led the team in steals and was tied for team-best honors in assists during her freshman season. Crown, Diamond, Macius, and Trimble each made contributions to the squad a season ago and will help guide several first-year student-athletes in 2016-17.
Olivia Lathers '20, Delaney Rohlman '20, Molly Schmitt '20, Megan Will '20, Ally Steve '20, Yannie Simpson '20, and RyLee Haughey '20 all join the Belles for the 2016-17 season, and each will look to contribute to the team in a variety of ways moving forward.
The Belles open the season on Tuesday, November 15 when they host North Park at 7:30 p.m. The team then travels down state to take on Manchester and Oglethorpe in North Manchester before making the trip to Anderson the following week. After returning home to hoste Benedictine on November 30, Saint Mary’s kicks off conference competition on Saturday, December 3 when they travel to Albion.