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Raiders win in dominating fashion, out-preforming Bay College, 81-41

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GRCC women's basketball closing a timeout vs. Bay College (Alena Visnovsky/The Collegiate).

By Kevin Lopez

Days after completely demolishing Lansing Community College, the Raiders continued their momentum by out-rebounding and out-hustling their opponent, which led to a dominating victory over Bay College on Jan 14.

Led by sophomore forward Sally Merrill scoring 21 points, the Raiders were able to defeat the Norse 81-41. The Raiders have scored 65+ points in back-to-back games.

GRCC’s head coach David Glazier said he is  proud of how his team is executing the offense.

“It feels really good seeing them do the things we talked about,” Glazier said. “They are taking their time and being patient with the ball. It’s a nice transition from what was happening before.”

From the opening tip, the Raiders were executing both offensively and defensively, with the team scoring 21 points in the first quarter, Merrill scoring 10 of those points herself, with contributions from sophomore guard Marlene Bussler and sophomore forward Alyssa Katerburg. The Raiders were also able to hold Bay College to just 10 points and were able to keep them at just 25% from the field.

Merrill felt that her quick start helped the Raiders get off to their double-digit lead.

“It’s important to pick up the momentum at the start of the game,” Merrill said. “It’s a big confidence booster, so it’s good to get that lead and put it away.”

The second quarter was more of a closer battle between the Raiders and the Norse with both teams matching each other’s intensity on defense and a back and forth battle on offense. But with their great hustle and effort, the Raiders were able to grab 13 offensive rebounds, including a stretch where they had four offensive rebounds in a row. They also forced eight turnovers that allowed them to continue their lead going into the half 41-22.

The domination continued into the third quarter as the Raiders were able to control the offensive boards while playing great defense forcing the Norse to commit several turnovers, while also keeping them under 15% from the field and only allowing seven points in the quarter. Emersyn Koepke, a sophomore guard, continued her scrappy play with seven points in the quarter, while also having two steals, finishing with seven steals for the game.

Koepke applied  defensive pressure to help the Raiders continue to build their lead.

“If I have my energy up, then my team has their energy up, so I just push them that way with my defense,” Koepke said.

With the Raiders leading by 36 points heading into the fourth quarter, it was all about continuing to build their lead and giving some players more playing time. This was key for the Raiders as it also allowed them to rest some of their starters

Katerburg was valuable in the fourth as she helped clean up the boards and played great team defense.

“It all starts on defense,” Katerburg said. “If we don’t play good on defense then we don’t play good on offense, so just continuing that throughout the game is important.”

Glazier felt that this was a good start for the team as they continued their conference schedule.

“Anytime you get a win, it’s always a great start. Still, we have a big test on Wednesday, so we gotta be on top of things.” Glazier said

The Raiders look to continue their offensive domination into their next game as they take on Mid Michigan College at 5:30 p.m on Jan 18 in Mt. Pleasant.

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