The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team fought hard in a 53-47 loss against Muskegon Community College Feb. 22. The Jayhawks won the season series against the Raiders 2-0.
The game went down to a nail-biter for fans in the arena, as Muskegon led by 14 with a possession left in the third quarter. If anyone thought the game was unwinnable for the Raiders at any point, that was certainly it.
Raiders Head Coach Dave Glazier commented on the team’s efforts.
“We had our ups and downs, but I think our players’ efforts were really good,” said Glazier. “We had a tall task in front of us. Muskegon has a really tough team this year, and that’s not a fluke. That’s a tough group of kids.”
The Jayhawks are sitting in first place in the Western standings, improving their record to 23-3 after this win. The Raiders are now 12–15 overall and are now fourth in the Western standings. The Raiders saw better execution on both ends of the floor than their previous 69-56 loss this season to the Jayhawks.
Sophomore forward Kendall Griffieon believed Muskegon was most effective in their shooting due to their athleticism. “They had a lot of athletic girls and we weren’t ready to defend them,” said Griffieon.
Griffieon also stated, “Monday is a really big game because it might decide whether we are in the top four in our conference.”
Sophomore guard Rayven Mondy led the Raiders with 17 points with 12 of those points coming from behind the arc. Yasmine Colon and Iyana Brown for the Jayhawks were the catalysts for both the offensive and defensive end, respectively. Colon led the team in scoring with 20 points, whereas Brown had four steals, three blocks, and eight defensive rebounds.
The Raiders will play their final regular-season away game against Kellogg Community College on Jan. 24 – with the regular season concluding with a home game against Kalamazoo Community College on Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse. Admission is $3 for the public and free for any individual with a GRCC student I.D.