The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team defeated Ancilla College 73-68 on Feb. 12 in a close battle.
Raiders Head Coach Dave Glazier commented on the team sealing the season series 2-0 against Ancilla, and their upcoming game against Glen Oaks Community College.
“That’s one where we need to go in ready,” Glazier said. “They are a completely different team at home, the arena can get rowdy, it’s going to be about matching intensity.
Glazier also said, “We didn’t do a good job of that tonight, but with a little bit of a run and spark and we found it (win).”
The Raiders shot a low 25% from behind the arc (27% overall) and 50% from behind the free-throw line, yet still found themselves with a 29-26 lead going into halftime.
The second half saw great performances from multiple Raiders- the team being led by sophomore guard Rayven Mondy with 22 points (5 for 9 from behind the arc) and freshman guard Eurasia Green-Boyd with 20 points, five assist and four rebounds. Sophomore forwards Bethany Chick (12 points and five rebounds) and Kendall Griffieon (11 points, seven rebounds, eight blocks) also contributed to the Raiders’ win.
Once leading by 10, the Raiders found their lead being chipped away by the Chargers, who brought the game to 68-65 with 1:05 left in regular time. Maintaining their composure and working as a team, the Raiders came out of a timeout with their minds set on winning. During an inbounds play, Green-Boyd collided harshly with a defender which brought her to the ground for a few moments. Green-Boyd was able to still get to her feet, sink two clutch free-throws, and a play later making a lay-up that brought the lead to 70-65.
Green-Boyd was asked what type of mentality it takes to continue fighting through the pain and securing the win for the team.
“You have to have a strong one,” Green-Boyd said. “Keep your head in it and don’t give up.”
The Chargers had 10 seconds remaining coming out of a timeout while facing a 73-68 deficit. In a last second three-point attempt, the shot was blocked by Griffieon who sealed the win.
The Raiders record is now 10-14 and will bring their two-game win streak to Glen Oaks Community College on Feb. 15. Their next home game will be Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse. Admission for the game is $3 for the public and free for any individual with a GRCC student I.D.