By Kaia Zimmerman
Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball got their sixth win in a row to improve their record to 6-1 against Ancilla College, on Friday, March 12, 80-46.
Sophomore Danielle Lamancusa secured her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds along with three blocks.
“(I was) patient on offense,” said Lamancusa. “On defense, I just did my job and stayed back.”
The Raiders had some of their bench players come in to make an impact on the team. The bench had a total of 34 points. Freshman Trayana Starr-Thurman came off the bench to get 12 points and freshman Erin Kruithoff went 3 of 5 from behind the 3-point line resulting in nine points.
“Erin Kruithoff came in and had big shots off the bench,” said Head Coach David Glazier. “Just kids being ready. Anyone who wasn’t a starter came in and showed us what we needed.”
Lamancusa got the Raiders going with back-to-back field goals to get the early lead. Sophomore Eurasia Green-Boyd caused turnovers and got a steal early on to give them the momentum. The defense came up big which turned to good possessions on the offensive end. Overall the Raiders went 8 of 16 shooting 50% from behind the arc. Lamancusa started the game on a roll, going 5 of 5 with 10 points in the first quarter. Kruithoff came in and hit 2 big threes extending the lead for the Raiders. The big start had the Raiders up 22-8.
The team continued their success on both ends of the floor going into the second quarter. Sophomore Olivia Koetje came up big for the team with five assists in the first half. The team had good possessions on the defensive end, having eight steals halfway through the second quarter, and Lamancusa had two blocks. Starr-Thurman came off the bench and got four points in the quarter. Near the end of the quarter, Hawkins and Ancilla player Destiny Allen received double technical fouls for talking back and forth with each other. That didn’t stop the Raiders momentum and they would go into the half with a comfortable lead, 43-28.
The Raiders came out of the half with a dominant defense to hold Ancilla to minimum points. Lamancusa got her tenth rebound in the third quarter to get her first double-double of the season. GRCC continued their success on both ends of the court to extend their lead, even more, 62-38.
In the fourth quarter, Lamancusa’s dominance continued on the defensive end. GRCC fed off of Lamancusa’s energy on defense, which fueled their success on the offensive end of the floor. The Raiders would maintain their lead for the rest of the game, winning 80-46.
This win is the sixth straight win for the Raiders. Glazier says the team has grown in every area since their last win against Ancilla, on Feb. 23, which started the win streak.
“(We improved) in every aspect,” said Glazier. “Better teammates, we play together better, and to be honest with you, we are shooting, rebounding, and defending better. We are doing everything that we possibly can better, better.”
The Raiders will look to extend their win streak to seven games when they travel to Port Huron, MI to face St. Clair County Community College on Tuesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m.
“It’s going to be a different battle for us,” said Glazier. “(They) are a team that shoots it pretty well and shoots it a lot more. They don’t have much inside, so we are going to have to take advantage of our size. Next team up, we will be prepared, and see what happens.”