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GRCC Women’s Basketball loses nailbiter against Southwestern Michigan College 53-52

GRCC women's basketball vs. Hope College JV. (Alena Visnovsky/The Collegiate)

The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team played its first game in three weeks against SWMC on Saturday, Jan. 7, and lost 53-52 in a back-and-forth game.  

The Raiders game on Wednesday, Jan.4, was canceled due to Detroit Community Christian College not having enough players to compete. 

From the jump, the Raiders emphasized how important it was to get an early lead. Sophomore’s Grace Lodes and Marlene Bussler gave GRCC an early 7-2 lead. 

“It is very critical for the team to start the game locked in and give everything they have,” head coach David Glazier said. “The team got off to a fast start and that gave us a chance to compete throughout the game.”

The Raiders defensive energy was evident throughout the first quarter with GRCC holding SWMC to six first quarter points and a six-point lead at the end of the quarter. Southwestern Michigan College stormed back in the second quarter and took a 26-22 lead at the half. 

The Roadrunners continued their streaky shooting as they took a double-digit lead midway through the third quarter. However, the Raiders adamantly fought back and were determined to keep the game close and attempt a fourth quarter comeback. Sophomore Allison Kellog led the fourth quarter comeback with multiple buckets to give the Raiders the lead. Both teams kept fighting and with seconds remaining, Lodes had a chance to win the game but did not convert the bucket.

“We have a veteran group that understands basketball is a game of runs and as a group we just have to play and fight through the ones not in our favor,” Glazier said. 

Lodes’ double-double led the way for the Raiders scoring 14 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and blocking two shots. Bussler also had an impressive performance with 10 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Sophomore forward, Sally Merrill, recorded 10 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks. 

Coach Glazier knows how important it is for the team to have ‘the next game’ mentality. 

“Mentality is to be ready for Lansing on Wednesday but everything is still in front of us because it’s all about the conference and winning the North,” Glazier said. 

The Raiders move to 5-4 on the season and their next opponent is Lansing Community College and they play the Stars on Wednesday, Jan.11, at 7:30 p.m in Lansing.

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