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GRCC Women’s Basketball set to start on Nov. 6 against St. Clair CC

The GRCC women's basketball huddled up before their game against OCC on April 8. (Anthony Clark Jr./The Collegiate)

The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team will kick off the 2021-22 season on Saturday, Nov. 6 in a home opener at Gordon Hunsberger Arena. 

The Raiders are full of new faces with a total of 14 new incoming freshmen and only two returning players to the squad. 

“I think we have seen a lot more competitiveness,” said GRCC head coach David Glazier. “In practices and in our scrimmages so far, (players are) trying to find their footing and find where they fit. It’s been fun to watch them compete.” 

One of the two returning players is third-year player Eurasia Green-Boyd. In the 2020-21 year, she averaged 7.4 points per game along with roughly four rebounds a game. As this is Green-Boyd’s third year at GRCC, she takes the lead for the team, and helps the new incoming freshman adjust to the college level play. 

“I have been impressed with just the way that her calm demeanor (and) her patience to pull kids aside and lead in a way that would surprise some folks, but that is the ‘E’ that we have gotten to know,” Glazier said. “She is just cool and calm and nothing ever really rattles her… (She’s) doing a really terrific job.” 

The second returning player is redshirt-freshman Trayana Starr-Thurman. Starr-Thurman was a big asset off the bench last season, averaging five points and just under four rebounds a game. 

The incoming freshmen to look out for are Grace Lodes out of West Catholic High School and Marlene Bussler from Harper Creek High School. Glazier expressed his excitement about the new cast and is anxious to see what they can accomplish this season. 

The Raiders are coming off a fantastic season where they had a trip to the national tournament for the first time since 1978 and also took home the regional championship – finishing the season 12-5 overall and 6-2 in the conference. 

It will definitely be a different season because of the lack of returning players and the amount of new freshmen, but Glazier’s goals for the team are to have the same amount of success or greater than last year. 

“We are looking to build on what we did last year with the understanding that it’s a completely new group,” Glazier said. “…Ultimately (we want) to get this team to a point come conference time, we are ready to assert ourselves as one of the better teams in conference.” 

The Raiders’ home and season opener will be against St. Clair Community College on Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.