With great all-around effort and teamwork, the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team won their Jan. 20 game against Glen Oaks Community College 69-41.
Each team struggled to find their rhythm in the early stages with multiple shots falling short or completely wide of the basket. With just an 18-9 lead after the first quarter, the Raiders were looking for any type of energy to ignite a run. Freshman guard Eurasia Green-Boyd (25 mins.) came off the bench in the second quarter as the go-to spark plug for the Raiders’ run.
“I told the team we need to take this dub,” said Green-Boyd. “We’ve had a slow start to the season, and it’s time to start winning.”
Green-Boyd contributed 12 points, four rebounds and two steals to the Raiders’ win.
The Raiders seemed to have an understanding of what they wanted to execute going into the second half, hitting three consecutive three-pointers within the first minute. GRCC Head Coach David Glazier commented on what he talked about with his team in the locker room to keep them focused during the game.
“We talked about sticking with the game plan,” Glazier said. “Even with the lead at the half, I felt like we were a little flat to start. This game was scheduled for last Saturday, so that was a contributor, but I felt that we did a great job executing the game plan to finish.”
Sophomore forward Bethany Chick (35 mins.) finished with yet another outstanding double-double (18 points and 16 rebounds) — her ninth of the season. Chick gave insight on what is helping her lead the team in points (12.6 ppg) and rebounds (11.4 rpg) this season.
“I think it’s truly the drive to win and getting our team better as a whole,” said Chick about the team’s efforts. “We push each other a lot in practice and they help me with my numbers by sharing the ball.”
Chick also explained what helped the Raiders build the lead that they were able to maintain throughout the entire game.
“It started on defense,” Chick said. “Once we made a stop, whether it was a block or someone diving for a loose ball, everyone was running on offense.”
The Raiders are now 5-11 overall, evened out their home record to 4-4, and are on their longest winning streak of the season (2 games). The next home game for the Raiders will be on Jan 27. at 5:30 p.m in the Ford Fieldhouse. This game will begin before the men’s game, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
Admission to watch both games is $3 for the general public and free for any individual with a GRCC student I.D.