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Raiders women’s basketball rally late against Muskegon for second straight win

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After ending a four game losing streak on Friday, the Raiders rallied back late to defeat the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks 59-54 on Wednesday at Gordon Hunsburger Arena.

The Jayhawks opened the game on a 10-0 run, taking advantage of the Raiders’ inability to score. Freshman guard Danielle Goad scored the first two points for the Raiders at the free throw line. The Raiders did not commit a foul in the first five minutes of the game. The Jayhawks had committed three.

The Jayhawks maintained a slight lead most of the first half, but the Raiders made baskets down the stretch to close the gap within two points, 23-21 trailing going into halftime.

Guard Kassondra Kurnat led the Jayhawks in scoring with eight points. Freshman guard Meghan Mitchell led the Raiders with five points. Goad was perfect from the free throw line, making four.

The Raiders shot poorly in the first half, making only six of 28 shots. Most of the points came from the free throw line where the Raiders shot 72 percent making, eight out of 11.

“We just needed to execute,” said Head Coach Tracy Little. “We missed out on the things we do well. I felt if we picked up the intensity and remained efficient, we could contend with them in the second half.

In the second half, the Raiders closed the gap with the Jayhawks tying the game at 25 in the first two minutes. Goad stepped up for the Raiders in the second half. The Raiders took the first lead of the game after Goad hit a three-point shot with 14:28 remaining in the second half.

“Once we started to make some shots, it opened up the offensive. We were able to work the inside out game, and we started to make shots from the field and were able to get it into the paint,” Little said.

The Jayhawks and the Raiders would trade baskets until the final three minutes. Freshman guard Kayla Rosinski stepped up big in the final minutes of the game. The Jayhawks made crucial turnovers in the final minutes of play. That led to Rosinski making a jumper and a big three-point shot to give the Raiders a 57-52 lead that led to a Jayhawks timeout with 1:58 remaining. The Raiders added two free throws to make the final score 59-52.

“She had some big plays in the final minutes, showed leadership, owned the moment and it helped us get the victory tonight,” Little said about Rosinski.

Goad and Rosinski both finished the game with 15 points. Goad was perfect from the free throw line, making eight. Freshman forward Allysa VandenBerge finished the game with 12 rebounds and seven points.

The Raiders only suited up six players, with three players out with injuries.

The Raiders will travel to Ancilla on Saturday before returning home next week. The Raiders will face Jackson Community College 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20. at the Gordon Hunsburger Arena located in the Ford Fieldhouse.

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