By Shane Lydon, Sports Editor
Photos courtesy of aqsaints.com
It’s been a positive start to the season for the Aquinas Women’s Basketball team. The Saints hold a 7-4 overall record, as well as a 3-1 record in conference play as they head in to their final four games before the holidays.
After a 2-2 record in their first four games, the Saints began their quest for a WHAC conference title with a home game against Siena Heights on November 8th. A tight battle ended in success for the hosts as they came through on a score line of 79-75 with Keeley Hinton scoring 16 points for Aquinas.
Victory against Spring Arbor University was the perfect preparation for Aquinas as they made it two conference wins on the bounce after taking out Concordia in Ann Arbor. The Saints took the game 72-66 with both Hannah Brefeld and Carley Andrews notching 18 points in another tense affair.
The Saints tasted defeat for the first time in conference play as they fell to University of Michigan, Dearborn at the Sturrus Center. Aquinas quickly came out of the traps to take a 17-2 lead. That lead was reduced to 38-36 by the end of the half. Dearborn continued to improve into the second half and eventually came out on top, taking it on a 64-54 score line.
Needing a reaction to the Dearborn result, Aquinas duly delivered. The Saints welcomed rivals Cornerstone to the Sturrus Center and produced another strong mental performance to seal the victory with a 61-57 win. Hannah Brefeld continued her impressive start to the season as she scored another 18 points. Michaela Faber joined her with 18 points to earn a valuable win.
Brefeld is in her final season with Aquinas and she is satisfied with how the season is going to date. “So far the season is going pretty well. We have had a lot of very close games that we have been able to win because of our composure and hard work at the end of the game. Our team is young, so with that there are obstacles we need to overcome as a team but overall I believe we are living up to the preseason expectations.”
In terms of the goals for the rest of the season, Brefeld is confident AQ can challenge for the WHAC title and maybe even make it to nationals. “We are in a great spot in the conference right now so if we continue putting in the work we should be able to have a favorable spot for the conference tournament. I believe our team has the ability to finish at the top of the conference which would best set us up for a national bid.”
Next up for Aquinas is a trip to Livonia for a conference encounter with Madonna on Wednesday. The Saints will be hoping to continue their good form into the holidays.