The Lady Vikings basketball team hosted Macalester College in their season opener Saturday, Nov. 17. The Vikings come into the season with a new head coach, but face the challenge of a small roster. The Vikings have only seven on their roster, and only four returning players from last season. The ladies started off their season with a tough game against Macalester. The Vikings were able to get contribution from every member of the team, a situation which will probably repeat itself throughout the season. The Vikings were led in scoring by Erin Henzi and Laura Aerts, two of the four returning players from last season. The Vikings struggled against a Macalester team with fourteen on their roster. Lawrence was outscored 44-12 in the first half, but showed some signs of life in the second half. The Vikes increased their offense in the second half, scoring 22 points. The Vikes were able to push back in the second half and put up more points, but fatigue may be a serious concern for the ladies this season. In the end, Lawrence fell to Macalester 77-34, but the Vikes hope that they can take steps forward after this game. It will take hard work, dedication and continued contribution from every player on the roster to improve for the rest of the season. The Vikes are back in action this weekend, Nov. 21 and 22, in a tournament at Lakeland College, followed by a game at Marian Nov. 25.