The Grand Rapids Community College Raiders Women’s Basketball team dominated the Kellogg Community College Bruins, 69-40, on Wednesday in a Michigan Community College Athletic Association matchup in Gordon Hunsberger Arena.
The win moves the Raiders to 3-4 in MCCAA play and 10-7 overall with eight games remaining in the regular season.
A fast start was the goal for the Raiders and Head Coach Dave Glazier. The Raiders have struggled in the past when the game had a rocky start. Glazier got his wish and the Raiders outscored the Bruins 21-8 in the first frame.
In other words – the Raiders started hot.
“We put emphasis on it, just trying to focus to come out ready to go,” Glazier said in a post-game interview. “Having our focus on the task at hand, I thought they responded well to that tonight.”
Glazier’s squad has been resilient all season. They had to show that resiliency on Wednesday as they were coming off an embarrassing, 88-52 loss on the road to the Ancilla College Chargers.
“We just moved on, we honestly didn’t talk about it,” Glazier said. “We just talked about that it was an embarrassing thing for everyone involved. We just had to move forward.”
Freshman Guard Hallee Breimayer led the dominance for the Raiders on both ends of the floor. She notched a double-double with 20 points and 11 assists. She also added eight steals to contribute defensively and gave her teammates plenty of opportunities to score the basketball. Breimayer shot 8-15 from the field and 3-9 from long range.
“It gives me a little confidence,” Breimayer said. “It helps the team and me bring our energy up. Like, we’re scoring so let’s all do it.”
Breimayer led a sequence that iced the game for the Raiders when she made a smooth layup off a crossover, then stole the ensuing inbound pass and assisted a Qua Draper layup and a foul on KCC.
Rebounds won the game for the Raiders, they out-rebounded the Bruins by a staggering 62-31.
Despite the dominating win, the Raiders struggled shooting at a lackluster 36 percent (28-77), but made shots when they absolutely needed to. Turnovers were also another issue for the Raiders, they committed 23 and most of which led to easy baskets for KCC. However, given the huge win, it was a non-issue tonight.
Breimayer, Glazier and company return home next week when they take on the Lake Michigan College Redhawks on Wed., Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m.