SMC celebrates national title anniversary with win over Spring Arbor JV

Published 11:09 am Sunday, January 21, 2024

DOWAGIAC — On a day when the Southwestern Michigan College women’s basketball team celebrated the 30th anniversary of its NJCAA national championship, the Roadrunners rolled to an easy victory over the visiting Springs Arbor JV Saturday.

Southwestern Michigan rebounded from its first home loss Wednesday night against Kellogg Community College with a 72-54 win over Spring Arbor in the 1st Source Bank Fieldhouse.

The Roadrunners (xx) had a big first half as they scored 22 points in the opening quarter to open up a 10-point lead, and then scored 21 points in the second 10 minutes of play to take a 43-24 lead at halftime.

The offense was a bit of a struggle in the second half as Southwestern Michigan managed just 29 points. The Roadrunners were never seriously challenged by Spring Arbor, which had its only offensive issues and managed to score 30 points.

Cameron Thomas (Hazel Crest, Illinois) continues to lead Southwestern as she scored 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and a pair of steals. The Roadrunners also got 11 points from Macey Laubach (Edwardsburg). Laubach had six rebounds and two steals. Tori Eldridge (Goshen, Indiana) and Ariana Lemons (Michigan City, Indiana) both finished with seven points and a combined nine rebounds.

Niles’ Amara Palmer had four points and dished out six assists, grabbed seven rebounds and had three steals.

The Roadrunners are hoping to pick up their first Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference victory against visiting Kalamazoo Valley Community College Wednesday.