Marlene Bussler dominates as GRCC women’s basketball tops Mott, men fall to top-ranked team

Marlene Bussler in basket uniform, smiling.

Marlene Bussler carried the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team to a 57-48 over Mott Community College, while the No. 1 ranked Mott men’s team defeated GRCC 86-64 on Wednesday.

The women’s team has won two games in a row and is now 3-5 on the season. The team got off to a slow start against MCC, trailing 18-4 after the first quarter and 24-16 at the half. But the team exploded in the second half, scoring 41 points and out-scoring the opposition by 17.

Defense clearly won the ball game for the Raiders. The team held the Bears to just 27.3 percent from the field, forcing 14 turnovers while blocking a staggering 13 shots, including six from Sally Merrill and four from Grace Lodes.

Coach David Glazier was proud of his team’s fight.

“Credit tonight goes to each kid in our locker room for never letting up, calmly going about our business, and executing the game plan,” he said. “I think this group grew as a team tonight, gained a broader idea of what they can be by the end of the year.”

Bussler, a freshman from Battle Creek, played in all 40 minutes and scored 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out a team-high five assists and had a team-high five steals. 

Merrill, of Allegan, totaled eight points and 11 rebounds while Lodes, a freshman from Comstock Park, added 14 points and nine rebounds.

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