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Women’s basketball team loses two straight

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By Dana Finkler
Collegiate Staff Writer

The GRCC women’s basketball team has lost consecutive games and look to bounce back in the Lynn Conway Memorial Tournament this upcoming weekend.

Coming off a double-overtime win against Calvin JV, the Raiders have slipped into a two game funk, and have shot very poorly from the field.

The Raiders hosted Davenport JV on November 29 at the Gordon Hunsburger Arena and could not get a basket to fall in the first half, missing their first 18 shots to start the game. Davenport JV held the Raiders to only 15 first half points en route to a 72-41 win.

“When you shoot less than 20% from the field and from three point range you’re not going to win many basketball games,” women’s head basketball coach Eric Taylor said.

After the tough home loss to Davenport JV, the Raiders traveled to Hope College to face off against their JV team, and the Raiders continued to struggle shooting from the field. Despite jumping out to a 11-10 lead, Hope JV went on a dominant 34-8 run to give them a commanding 44-19 lead at halftime. Hope JV jumped out to a 13-0 run to start the second half, and would go on to win 83-60–handing the Raiders their fourth loss of the season.

“We’re just showing a lack of effort and consistency,” Taylor said. “I just keep telling the girls that we’ve got to compete the entire game, regardless of the situation.”

“We are relying on jump shots and giving away too many turnovers,” Taylor said.  “If we can find a way to correct that–we’ll be back on track.”

The Raiders record is currently 3-4, and they look to bounce back in the Lynn Conway Memorial Tournament when they face Cuyahoga CC on December 9 and Delta College on December 10.

After the winter break, the Raiders have a home game on January 6, 2012 against #6 Kalamazoo Valley CC.