The Observer is a Student-run, daily print & online newspaper serving Notre Dame & Saint Mary's. Learn more about us.



Belles face two must win games

Steve Coyer | Friday, January 30, 2004

After a disappointing 62-44 loss to Albion College Wednesday, the Belles are still searching for their first conference win. They hope that search ends Monday.In a critical home game, the Belles (5-13) will take on Olivet College (6-12), the only other team in the MIAA that has yet to win a conference game.With tough upcoming games against Hope and Calvin, the Belles know this is very close to a must-win situation.”Olivet at home is probably our biggest game of the season,” Belles coach Suzanne Bellina said. “We need to be ready to take care of business and know that we are going to have to be at our best.”Last Saturday, the Belles broke a seven-game losing streak at home, but the momentum from that game failed to help them against Albion.”We were not happy with the second half at all,” Bellina said. Some positives came out of the game, such as the exceptional effort of the bench. Forward Anne Hogan came off the bench to score 10 points, while Bridget Boyce, Bridget Lipke and Justine Mullen brought added intensity.The goal against Olivet will be for the Belles to have both their starters and bench players performing at their best for the entire game.