By John Rothwell – Collegiate Staff
The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team fell in its season opener 81-65 to visiting Mid Michigan Community College on Wednesday.
GRCC started the game strong offensively, shooting 59 percent in the first half, but slow and mediocre defensive play had them down by 11 points at half time.
“I felt that we were a bit sluggish but that’s all part of it,” GRCC coach Tracy Little said. “Sometimes you have to click and connect and it takes you minute to get acclimated with the opponents strengths and weaknesses.”
GRCC’s defense came together in the second half and along with an offense that continued to shoot strong from the floor, the Raiders played MMCC even , but could still not overcome the 11 point deficit. Making only 8 of 19 free throws for the game hurt any chance the Raiders had of making the score close.
“The score did not reflect the amount of competition that this game represented,” Little said. “It was a closer game than what the score may led people to believe.”
Andrea Straw led GRCC in scoring with 17 points, adding seven assists and six rebounds.
“I get a lot of encouragement from my teammates and I encourage them,” Straw said. “I was able to see the floor and knowing the other players advantages and strengths, I was able recognize that and hit them when they were open.”
GRCC plays at Delta College at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.