The Notre Dame College women’s basketball program has built a successful team over the past several seasons. This season they will look to reach the top of the Mountain East Conference.
The Falcons went deep into the conference tournament last season as they upset both Charleston and Shepherd before falling to top-seeded West Liberty in the championship game.
On Oct. 15, the team can start practicing without restrictions and prepare for the regular season. The season kicks off on the road against California University of Pennsylvania on Nov. 14.
“With the season we had last year, we were able to see success from a different angle,” Hine said. “But we can never be content, we always have to strive for greatness.”
Notre Dame finished the 2014-2015 season with a 20-12 overall record. They won six more games than the previous year and look to carry the momentum into the 2015-2016 season.
Coach Katie Hine said she and the team are excited to get the season going. The Falcons have a strong roster again with the freshmen coming together along with the veterans who are returning.
“The younger players are learning how the program operates,” Hine said. “They are learning how we run our system from the coaches and the veteran leaders we have on the team.”
The Falcons have seven seniors on the roster. The returning players know how much work it took to get to the MEC championship game last season and they are ready to put it in again. They certainly want to win it all this season.
Players coming back from last year include Martha Nagbe who was named 1st Team All-Atlantic Region, along with Kelsey Miller and Lauren Langenderfer, who both averaged double-digit points last season.
“Where we left off was a positive note, even though we lost our last game,” Hine said. “We learned last year we can get through adversity and fight through tough times.”
Coach Hine knows the team can always build and improve on operating through adverse situations in games. Notre Dame had to come back from deficits last year and a tough tournament schedule where they were seeded sixth.
However, the Falcons will soon be closing out a preseason that focused on conditioning along with the offensive and defensive philosophy of the program.
Although the coaching staff has built a successful program over the past few years, Hine will be the first to tell anyone that the team cannot stay stagnant.
“We are always looking to improve day by day,” she said. “We want to meet our short term goals throughout the season. Then we can look to our long term goals.”