It was the first lost of the season for Ancilla (2-1), who failed to deal with Moraine Valley’s defensive pressure throughout the game.
The Lady Chargers committed 29 turnovers in the contest and shot just 31 percent from the field. Only one player, Katrina Vannoy, reached double figures in scoring with 14 points.
“This was a tough night,” said Ancilla women’s basketball coach Dave Liverance. “We did not play our best. Moraine Valley forced us into many situations where we did not handle the basketball well.”
Ancilla trailed 40-24 at the break, allowing Moraine Valley (5-2) 14 more shots during the period.
Despite the offensive struggles, there was a silver lining for the Lady Chargers in the form of their defense. Ancilla forced 24 turnovers – including 17 steals – and outrebounded Moraine Valley 37-31 on the night.
Shalana Murray was a major contributor in both of those categories. The sophomore forward grabbed 11 rebounds and six steals on the day to go with seven points and four assists.
Still, it wasn’t enough to atone for her team’s 17-for-54 shooting performance – an area that Liverance will certainly look to address before their next game.
“It is one game, but we must have a better effort next week in practice,” said Liverance. “We play two tough games in a row. One is against a Prairie State team that is much improved, and then on Saturday we travel to Kankakee Community College, who is always a national power.”
The Lady Chargers will return to action on Dec. 2 when they travel to Chicago Heights, IL to play Prairie State College. Tipoff is at 6:00 p.m. EST.