The Notre Dame De Namur women’s basketball team is desperate for a win as they enter the Cal State East Bay tournament. It’s been a rough season for the Argos thus far with a record of 0-6. Junior Marinel Alcantara, says “We can’t hold on our head down because we still have a lot more games to play. The team needs to just learn from our mistakes and keep pushing forward.” In the first game of tournament play the Argos take on the tournament host Cal State East Bay. The Pioneers have started off the season strong with a 3-1 record and are on a 2 game win streak.
At the start off the game Notre Dame came out sluggish and trailed in the 1st quarter 6-15. There wasn’t much fight from the Argos in the second only scoring 7 points in the quarter finishing the half down 13-40. Senior Kirsten Liana, says “We have to stop getting off to such slow starts because it makes it tuff when we are always playing catch up.” The Lady Argos picked up the scoring in the third quarter outscoring the Pioneers 23-17 but still trailed in the game. In the fourth Cal State East Bay matched the Argos intensity and held off the Argos winning 51-68. Marinel Alcantara led NDNU in scoring with 17 and converted 5-7 from the three-point line.
Next up in the tournament Notre Dame face Cal State Monterey Bay. The Otters are also struggling losing their last three games. NDNU coach Sheila Schaefer, says “this is a very winnable game for us, both teams are struggling and desperate for a win.” The Argos came out to another slow start trailing in the first half 21-38. In the second half NDNU came out strong with a three-pointer by Kirsten Liana. But it wasn’t enough to hold off Cal State Monterey Bay. The Lady Argos loose another tough one 45-67 Junior Mckenna Hill for the Otter led all scorers with 18 points shooting over 60% from the field.
Notre Dame De Namur takes on Academy of the Art this Saturday at 1pm for their first conference game.