By Kevin Lopez
After back to back offensive explosions for the Raiders, they were looking to continue momentum, but unfortunately that was not meant to be as they fell flat on the road against Mid Michigan College on Jan. 18 with a final score 65-74.
The first quarter was a disaster for the Raiders as they were shut down on offense, scoring only eight points in the quarter, while their defense did not hold up as they allowed the Lakers to score 22 points on nearly 50% shooting. The Raiders also committed 11 turnovers and allowed 11 points off those turnovers and were also dominated in the paint getting outscored 12-4.
In the second quarter, the Raiders were able to rebound a bit as they had 24 points and did it efficiently, shooting 69% from the field. They flipped the script on the Lakers by scoring 18 points in the paint.
Grace Lodes, a sophomore forward, was the leading force for the Raiders as she scored nine points in the second quarter.
Still, the Lakers kept it going on offense as they scored 26 points in the quarter and were still up big on the Raiders going into the half 32-48
Moving into the third quarter, the Raiders were able to outscore the Lakers 17-13, they were able to keep the momentum going they gained from the second quarter and held their opponent to just 27% from the field.
Despite the improvement in Raiders’ defense and offense as the game progressed, they still trailed by double digits going into the fourth quarter.
The Raiders still had fight in them as they again outscored the Lakers in the fourth quarter and with two minutes left to go in the game with the score being 55-69, Alyssa Katerburg, a sophomore forward, hit a three to cut the lead down to just 11 points.
Following that play, the Raiders played great defense and forced a turnover that allowed Marlene Bussler, a sophomore guard, to drive to the rim and score to cut the lead to just nine points. The Raiders were able to get another stop on defense that once again allowed Bussler to drive to the hoop where she was fouled and was able to score. At the line she made the free throw and then was able to score once again to cut the lead to just four points.
Unfortunately, that is where the run ended as the Raiders were not able to score again, while the Lakers put up six points in the last minute of the game to put it out of reach for the Raiders, putting their conference record at 1-1 and their overall record at 7-5.
The Raiders hope to rebound from that loss as they face their next conference opponent Alpena Community College at 1 p.m on Jan 21 at the Ford Fieldhouse