Women's basketball snaps losing skid
LCC's Alivia Densmore (22) goes high in the air to defend a shot during action against Community Christian College on Dec. 5. Photo by Julie Newell
By Jayden Hewitt
The LCC women’s basketball team snapped a five-game losing skid by winning 84-36 over Community Christian at Great Lakes Christian College, the Lady Stars’ temporary home, on Monday, Dec. 5.
The Lady Stars most recent loss came at the hands of Detroit, 77-65 on Dec 2. LCC Head Coach Layne Ingram acknowledged the previous struggles during the losing streak, also pointing out what brought the Dec. 5 victory for LCC.
“We’ve been struggling and not putting everything together,” Ingram said. “Today was a good opportunity for us to really run our offense, really play hard, really play fast, and it happened.”
The Stars had three players in double digits, including 20 points and four assists from guard Riley Merryfield in just 20 minutes.
Merryfield spoke about the performance.
“I feel like I finally got my shot back, which feels good because I’ve not been shooting very well the past couple games,” Merryfield said. “But I just believed in myself and they started falling. I think after that win we got our confidence back, now we have Mott to beat on Monday (Dec. 12).”
Forward Elysia Causley added 13 points, three blocks and a team-high five assists for the Stars. Guard/forward Shalyn Dziewiatkowski added 10 points for LCC as the team’s third double-digit scorer. Forward teammate Taylor Titus had nine rebounds.
Causley expressed excitement for the next game, citing that playing as a team helped contribute to the win.
“Our communication was there, we were moving the ball, really playing as a team,” Causley said. “When we play as a team then we get each other open, and that showed tonight, clearly. I’m really excited for the next game. I think it’s going to be good.”
The win jumps LCC’s overall record up to 2-5, with conference play set to begin in January at Glen Oaks Community College.
The Lady Stars will look to stay hot in the next game, hosting Mott Community College on Monday, Dec. 12. The Lady Stars were edged by Mott earlier in the season, 45-41.
The Lady Stars are currently playing home games at Great Lakes Christian, located on 6211 W. Willow Hwy. in Lansing. Great Lakes Christian is the temporary home for LCC. Games will be played once again on campus starting in January.