The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team secured their first win of the 2021-22 season with a statement performance against Aquinas JV, 69-46.
“A win is always a good feeling,” said GRCC head coach David Glazier. “This one was special because it was the first collegiate win for every kid in uniform against Aquinas since they are all freshmen.”
Glazier was happy that the Raiders were able to focus on the mistakes made during the first three games of the season to lead them to a victory.
“I was very happy with our overall performance,” Glazier said. “I felt like our kids were focused and used the lessons learned from our weekend in Illinois to play a stronger team game.”
The Raiders were led by freshman Sally Merrill who had 19 points, five assists and one steal along with freshman Marlene Bussler who had 11 points, six assists and four steals.
The Raiders shot a 41.7% field goal rate as they held the Saints to a mere 26.4% overall from the field.
In the first quarter, the Saints started off the game with a quick three, but the Raiders would respond with a 9-0 run to give them a 9-3 lead. The Raiders were able to maintain the lead, led by Merril, who had eight points in the quarter. The Raiders would end the quarter with a comfortable 19-11 lead.
It was a slow start for both teams at the beginning of the second quarter, with no team scoring in the first two minutes. However, Bussler, who had been quiet in the first quarter, came alive, dropping seven points in the quarter, leading to the Raiders extending their lead to 14 (31-17) with three minutes left until the half. The Raiders would go into the halftime break with a promising 34-19 lead.
The Saints had a slow start to the third quarter, with the Raiders holding them to only six points at the six minute mark to extend their lead, 43-25. Bussler hit a big three with three minutes to go in the quarter to give the Raiders all the momentum as they went up 52-30. The Raiders would eventually outscore the Saints 23-15 in the third quarter.
The Raiders were able to seal the win in the fourth quarter, holding the Saints to 12 points and locking in their first win of the season.
The Raiders’ scheduled matchup against Calvin University JV on Wednesday, Nov. 17 was cancelled due to Calvin dealing with illnesses and injuries. The Raiders will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 23 when they travel to Holland to face off against Hope College JV at 5:30 p.m.