By Kevin Lopez
The first game of the 2022-23 season for the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team got off to an icy start in the first quarter and put the Raiders in a hole that eventually was too much for them to get out of. GRCC ended up losing to Aquinas College 45-57.
Grace Lodes, a sophomore forward, led the team in scoring for the night with an efficient 15 points, while also showing why she was the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference Defensive Player of the Year by collecting two blocks and four steals. Marlene Bussler followed behind her with 11 points and chipped in on the defensive side with a steal and a block.
GRCC’s women’s basketball head coach David Glazier remained focused on the positives his team showed despite the loss.
“We played well in spurts and I thought we did some nice things defensively and offensively to get back into the game, but overall we have to play like that consistently to be successful,” Glazier said.
The Raiders struggled mightily in the first quarter shooting a combined 15% putting them behind 4-15 to start the game. Though, they did attempt a comeback in the second and third quarters, trailing only by three points at the start of the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, how they started the game is how they finished it, shooting a combined 17% in the fourth quarter that made the comeback fall short. Overall, the Raiders struggled offensively shooting a combined 26% for the game.
Despite the offensive struggle tonight, Glazier remains confident in his team.
“I do believe that we aren’t likely to have another night where we shoot 26% from the floor.” Glazier said. “I firmly believe that if we hold opponents under 60 points, we win the majority of those games.”
The next game will be on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m against Lansing Community College at the Ford Fieldhouse.