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GRCC women’s basketball overcomes 14-point deficit in comeback win over Mott CC

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Sally Merrill drives down the court against Aquinas (Kristen Schestag)

The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team pulled out an impressive win Dec. 8 over Mott Community College, 57-48, after being down by double digits. The Raiders are now 3-5 overall. 

The Raiders, who have defeated Mott in back-to-back matchups, had to overcome a 14-point deficit as they went down 18-4 at the end of the first quarter. The Raiders were able to come back, outscoring the Bears in every quarter following the tough start.

“It always feels good to win a game, but when you can overcome a double-digit deficit, (it’s) a little extra special,” said GRCC head coach David Glazier. “It means that you’ve locked in and you’re executing. I’m happy for the kids. It shows them that as long as they continue with game plans, anything is really possible for them.”

Freshman Grace Lodes led the charge again for the Raiders, dropping 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. 

On the offensive end, freshman Marlene Bussler had an impressive outing, putting up 13 points along with nine rebounds and five assists. Freshman Sally Merrill showed up big on the defensive end for the Raiders with 11 rebounds and six blocks to go along with eight points. 

It was a tough first quarter for the Raiders as they only made two shots of the 17 attempted, shooting 11% from the field. The Bears capitalized on the Raiders’ rough start, shooting 35% on the other end. 

Following the tough quarter, the Raiders were able to start digging into the Bears’ big lead. The Raiders were able to outscore the Bears 12-6, which would put them down by eight going into the half, 24-16. 

“We had talked about just about getting rid of some of the stuff that was newer,” Glazier said about the team’s discussion at halftime. “We were a little lost in the first half, just trying to run some new looks that we had put in in the last couple of days, so we just went back to what has been working for us… It was really a calm (and) good conversation. They made a lot of good points (with) things they were seeing, and we adjusted.”

The Raiders started the third quarter strong, going on a 9-0 run early to get them within one possession of the Bears, 26-25. It was a back and forth battle following the impressive comeback from the Raiders and they would go into the fourth quarter down two, 38-36. 

The Raiders were able to go on a 7-2 run early in the fourth quarter. During the run, they were able to take their first lead of the matchup (41-40) at the 7:51 mark thanks to a steal and fast break score from freshman Emma Gillies. With momentum on the Raiders side, they outscored the Bears 21-10 to come out with their second-straight win, 57-48. 

The Raiders will look to extend the win streak to three when they travel to Alpena to face off against Alpena Community College on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.

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