By Kevin Lopez
The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team was looking to avenge their season opener loss in Monday night’s rematch against Aquinas College, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the Raiders night as they were defeated by Aquinas College 59-70 bringing the teams record to 3-2.
It was an overall struggle for the Raiders on offense as they shot a paltry 25% from the field, while allowing Aquinas to shoot 51% from the field. For Aquinas, their go-to player Paige Guersney, a freshman guard, was unstoppable against the Raiders dropping 28 points on 66% shooting.
GRCC’s head coach David Glazier talked about how Guersney’s play was the X factor in the loss.
“Tough guard man,” Glazier said. “That was a kid we were looking at and we all knew she could score and she had herself a night, so hats off to her.”
In the first half, both teams were evenly matched as they fought back and forth eventually coming to a 35-35 score going into halftime. It was a different story in the second half as Aquinas took over and out scored the Raiders 35-24.
The third quarter is where the Raiders got outplayed as Aquinas scored 22 points and shot 58% from the field, putting the Raiders behind 47-57. It continued into the fourth quarter as the Raiders were grinding their way back into the game and eventually made it a six point game before they collapsed and shot 15% from the field and Aquinas ran away with it to finish off the game.
Allison Kellogg, a sophomore forward, led the Raiders with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Grace Lodes, a sophomore forward, contributed a double-double of her own with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Despite the Raiders out-rebounding and having less turnovers then Aquinas, Glazier felt that it was all about offense tonight.
“They put the ball in the hole and we didn’t,” Glazier said. “It came down to scoring tonight and shot choice on our end and that makes a difference.”
The Raiders look to bounce back after the loss when they face their next opponent Hope College JV at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Ford Fieldhouse.