Roadrunners split road games at Grand Rapids Community College

Published 10:14 am Sunday, January 7, 2024

GRAND RAPIDS — The wins just keep on a coming for the Southwestern Michigan College women’s basketball team no matter who it puts on the court.

On Saturday, the Roadrunners headed to Grand Rapids Community College for a Michigan Community College Athletic Association non-divisional game against the Raiders without second leading scorer, Edwardsburg sophomore Macey Laubach, who suffered an injury last Wednesday.

First-year SMC Coach Jay Jenkins plugged in Constantine sophomore Charlee Baucom and the Roadrunners did not miss a beat in routing Grand Rapids 81-30.

Southwestern Michigan (13-1) outscored the Raiders (3-7) 28-3 in the opening quarter and were never challenged by the Raiders, who trailed 52-15 by halftime.

Sophomore Cameron Thomas (Hazel Crest, Illinois) scored a game-high 30 points to go along with four rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists.

Niles sophomore Amara Palmer added 12 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists, while St. Louis, Missouri freshman Nalani Williams finished with eight points, a game-high 11 rebounds and two assists.

Baucom had six points and four steals. Dowagiac freshman Alana Smith scored six points and also grabbed three rebounds. Niles sophomore Kamryn Patterson added five points and four rebounds.

The Roadrunners have a week off before opening up their MCCAA Western Conference schedule against Ancilla College at the 1st Source Bank Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.


Men’s Basketball

The SMC men’s basketball team was not as fortunate as it saw a 35-31 halftime advantage disappear in the final 20 minutes of its 77-72 loss to Grand Rapids Community College.

The Roadrunners (8-6) were sparked by the return of sophomore Rashawn Bost (Evanston, Illinois), who scored a game-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers. Southwestern Michigan was without big man Prince Adams, however.

Niles sophomore Mari Nichols finished with 18 points and freshman Aries Hull (Chicago/Bolingbrook High School) added 16 points.

The Roadrunners now turn their attention to the start of their MCCAA Western Conference schedule, which begins Saturday when Ancilla College comes to Dowagiac.