Basketball teams seek strong conclusion to seasons
By Emma Cook
Starting their season with a 2-4 record in conference, and 4-7 record overall, the Madonna men’s basketball team still seeks a successful year. The loss of a couple key players last season is not slowing down this team at all.
The men’s basketball team kicked off the season with a trip to Boston for a game against Fisher College this year. A number of their games so far have been very close. A loss to No. 11 ranked Cornerstone University ended 74-76, and their last win against Lawrence Tech ended 67-65.
Senior basketball player Jeff Schmitz (pictured) is very optimistic about the rest of their season.
“So far this season we have lost a couple really close games and are right on the edge of breaking through and being a very good team,” said Schmitz. “The guys are all working very hard and we are making progress every day.”
Sophomore Khalil Malone agrees with Schmitz.
“There are a lot of games left to be played. It’s not how our season started that matters, but how it ends,” said Malone. “I have a lot of faith in our team and the rest of our season.”
Malone is having a strong season with just recently getting his career-high 25 points in the loss against No. 4 ranked Davenport University.
With a little over half of their season left to play, the men’s basketball team is looking to end their 2014-15 season on a high note, and they know exactly what they need to do to get that done.
Right now, we are ending with a lot of close games. We are playing great basketball for 90 percent of the game and that other 10 percent is what is getting us in trouble,” said Schmitz. “The key for the rest of the year is to play with consistency throughout the whole game.”
Malone knows what need to be done to have a successful year as well.
“The key to our success for the rest of our season will be, believing in ourselves and having faith in our principles on the court and continuously building on them as our season continues.”
You can catch the Madonna men’s basketball team back in action starting Saturday, December 13 at home against Lourdes University starting at 3 pm. The following Tuesday the men’s basketball kicks off their Crusader Classic with a game against Finlandia University starting at 7 pm.
By Emma Cook
The Madonna women’s basketball team has definitely come out very strong this season. With a 5-1 record in conference and a 7-2 record overall, they are looking to come out of this season on top. They are now receiving votes to earn a national ranking.
Senior Rachel Melcher (left) is very optimistic about the rest of their season.
“We have been extremely successful this season thus far and we haven't even played our best basketball yet,” said Melcher. “We are a very new team and still learning things from each other, which will only build our team chemistry and contribute to more success on the court.”
With six new additions to their team this year, the women’s basketball team is ready to take it all the way to nationals.
One newcomer in particular, Michele Hayes, had made a great impact on the team so far this season. Hayes just recently reached her career-high 25 points in their Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) loss against No. 4 ranked Davenport University.
Along with Hayes, Melcher has along had a very successful season so far. In their win over Rochester College, Melcher broke the school record for rebounds with 24 along with 14 points and five assists in the same game. Along with that, Melcher was also just named the WHAC women’s basketball player of the week.
Proving to be a great leader on the team, Melcher knows exactly what her team needs to do to continue their success throughout the rest of their season.
“The key to our success for the rest of the season will just be taking each game one at a time,” said Melcher. “Also we need to treat each game as if it were the biggest game of our careers. That way we all stay focused and stay motivated on the same goal which is to get to Nationals.”
You can catch the women’s basketball team back on the court on Saturday, December 13 at home against Lourdes University. After that, they will be heading out to Hawaii to play over Christmas break.