2017-18 Basketball Outlook
Head coach Melissa Makielski and the 2017-18 basketball team are eager to get back on the hardwood as the Belles have their sights set on a successful season.
Eight returners and five newcomers make up the team this winter for the Belles, and each will have a role to play for the team in the 2017-18 season. Leading the way are a trio of seniors and a pair of juniors.
Gabby Diamond ’18, Gabby Crown ’18, and Kelsey Trimble ’18 make up a senior class who have nearly 150 games of experience combined over the past three seasons. Diamond was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder a season ago while starting in each of the team’s 25 contests. Crown and Trimble both saw their career numbers for minutes played, points, and rebounds increase a year ago.
Erin Maloney ’19 and Caroline Macius ’19 both saw their roles increase for the Belles last season, and the pair will be relied upon for their contributions on and off the court. Maloney stepped into the role of point guard and paced the team in assists and steals. Macius more than doubled her season totals in minutes played, points, and rebounds in her sophomore season.
Returners Olivia Lathers ’20, Megan Will ’20, and Delaney Rohlman ’20 are joined by newcomers Bern McGeever ’20, Carin Kaminski ’21, Jessica Potter ’21, Giavanna Paradiso ’21, and Megan Saunders ’21 to round out the squad in 2017-18.
The Belles open up the season in Chicago at the North Park Tournament when Saint Mary’s takes on the host Vikings on November 17. The team hosts Anderson, Albion, and Alma all at IU-South Bend this semester before returning to Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex at the start of 2018.