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GRCC women’s basketball secures first conference win over Mid Michigan

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(Anthony Clark Jr./The Collegiate)

The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team defeated Mid Michigan College, 61-48, to secure their first conference win of the season. The Raiders are now 5-6 overall and 1-0 in conference play. 

The Raiders were led on the offensive end by freshmen Marlene Bussler and Sally Merrill who both had 16 points. Merrill also completed the double-double, securing 10 rebounds. 

“The more that we can have multiple people scoring for us, especially those two, it spreads things out, and allows us to get the ball into our post players, who can be really strong for us,” said GRCC head coach David Glazier. “…I think when those two are again spreading defenses, it’s a huge impact.” 

Coming off the bench, freshman Grace Lodes continued her scoring dominance putting up 14 points along with six rebounds and five blocks. 

Freshman Karissa Ferry had some timely rebounds and blocks, leading the team on the defensive end with 12 rebounds and three blocks along with eight points.

The Raiders came out firing from beyond the arc going four of six behind the 3-point line in the first quarter. The Raiders jumped out to an 11-4 lead after starting the game hitting three 3-pointers. Led by Bussler’s nine points, the Raiders ended the first quarter with a comfortable 19-7 lead. 

Both teams had a slow start to the second quarter as the Raiders were unable to score until the six-minute mark, but it had little effect on their lead as they were able to hold the Lakers to minimal scoring. The Raiders were up 34-20 going into halftime. 

The Raiders had trouble scoring in the third quarter as they couldn’t figure out the Lakers full-court press leading to many turnovers. The Lakers ran the full-court press throughout the whole game leading to 26 total turnovers for the Raiders. The Lakers were able to capitalize off the turnovers to get within five of the Raiders, 46-41, at the end of the third quarter, outscoring the Raiders 21-12. 

“I think we had moments when we looked really good because we were aggressive and we were decisive, it was the moments where we weren’t decisive that got us into trouble,” Glazier said. 

The Lakers started the fourth quarter strong getting within two points, but after a big three-pointer from Merrill, the Raiders regained momentum and she led them on a 15-4 run to secure the win, 61-48. 

The Raiders will look to continue their conference success when they travel to Battle Creek to face off against Kellogg Community College on Saturday, Jan. 8 starting at 1 p.m.

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