The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team defeated Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Saturday, Jan. 23, 79-59, to get their third conference win in a row. The Raiders now are 8-7 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
The Raiders defense has been a big factor in the recent success according to GRCC head coach David Glazier. The Raiders were able to continue their impressive defensive performance, out-rebounding the Cougars 60-40.
“We talked today about our growth defensively as being a catalyst for our recent success,” Glazier said. “Over the past month, this group has grown most on the defensive end of the floor.”
The Raiders were led by freshman Sally Merrill who put up an electric performance on both ends of the floor with 20 points along with 15 rebounds.
“I think when a player has a performance like that the rest of the team can feed off it as they start to see openings for themselves caused by the opponent focusing so heavily on Sally playing well,” Glazier said.
Thanks to a strong start on the offensive end, shooting 43.75%, the Raiders jumped out to a 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter, 23-13. The Raiders would continue their offensive attack to extend their lead into the half, 47-33.
Coming out of the half, both teams had trouble getting anything going on the offensive end with the Raiders only scoring 14 total points in the third quarter, but they were able to keep their comfortable lead, holding the Cougars to only eight. The Raiders maintained their lead throughout the fourth quarter to extend their win streak.
The Raiders will look to continue their conference success when they face off against Lake Michigan Community College on Monday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Benton Harbor.
“Lake Michigan is playing some really good basketball right now,” Glazier said. “I think they’ve won eight of their last nine games and have some really talented kids. Looking forward to the challenges their roster puts on the floor to help see if we can continue to grow and where we can continue to improve.”