The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team defeated Jackson College 67-44 on Feb. 7. This win allowed the Raiders to tie the season series 1-1.
From the opening tip, the Raiders showed their patience on defense by discombobulating the Jets’ offense and forcing a continuous amount of shot-clock violations. The Raiders defense forced 23 turnovers throughout the night, which allowed them to keep the Jets shooting numbers at a poor 15% from behind the arc and 27% from the field overall.
Raiders Head Coach Dave Glazier was proud of his team’s efforts throughout the game and noted what the team plans to focus on in order to continue winning.
“We just have to keep coming back to work,” Glazier said. “We’re going against one of the hottest teams in the conference on Wednesday (Ancilla) so we need to be on top of our game and recognize their game and execute.”
Four Raiders scored in double figures in the win – sophomore forward Bethany Chick dominated both ends of the paint while leading the team with 18 points, four blocks, and seven rebounds. Other big contributions came from sophomore forward Bethany Chick with 15 points and six rebounds, freshman guard Eurasia Green-Boyd with 12 points and two steals, and sophomore guard Rayven Mondy with 11 points, three assists, and five rebounds.
Mondy spoke on the team’s win and what they need to do to continue finishing games with a win.
“We just have to come with energy,” Mondy said. “Ancilla is a great team, I feel like the thing that prevents us from winning is coming into games without energy.”
The Raiders led the Jets 29-22 at the end of the first half and came out of halftime aggressive which allowed them to build on their lead with ease. Getting the Jets into foul trouble early, maintaining patience on offense, and constant communication held Jackson to seven points throughout the 10-minute quarter which created a 48-29 lead that was never in doubt for the remainder of the game.
The Raiders record is now 9-14 overall. They will host their third and final consecutive game at home on Feb. 12 against Ancilla College, previously winning 82-76 in the season’s first match. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse. Admission for the public is $3 and free for any individual with a GRCC student I.D.