TOLEDO, OH – The Ancilla College women’s basketball team dropped two games to non-conference opponents over the weekend, losing 65-58 at Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, MI, and 92-47 at NJCAA #4 Owens Community College in Toledo, OH.
Shalana Murray proved the most consistent performer on the weekend for the Lady Chargers (3-5, 1-0 MCCAA Western), averaging just under a double-double in both games.
At Oakland, Ancilla jumped out to an 11-2 lead in what proved to be a back-and-forth game, featuring eight lead changes and 10 ties. Leading with just four minutes to go, the Lady Chargers surrendered two consecutive three-pointers to Oakland (4-4), falling behind for good.
Meghan Brown led Ancilla with 15 points. Katrina Vannoy added 13 points and six assists while Murray had 13 points and seven rebounds.
“Playing on the road is tough,” said Ancilla head coach Dave Liverance. “You must win the battle at the free throw line and you cannot turn the ball over 26 times. We must get better at attacking the basket, and must learn to take care of the basketball.
“Our kids played hard. We just need to learn how to play smart.”
Trailing Owens by 11 at halftime on Saturday, Ancilla clawed back to a seven point deficit with 14 minutes to play. However, fatigue proved to be the team’s undoing.
The Lady Chargers were playing their fifth game in eight days and surrendered 52 points to Owens (12-0) in the second half in the losing effort.
Murray led the way for Ancilla with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Stacy Byers and Naomi McNeal provided a spark off the bench with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
“Our kids played hard and did a great job in those first 25 minutes of staying with the fourth ranked team in the country,” said Liverance, who believes his team’s overall record is misleading. “We might be 3-5 overall but we have played some really good teams. This schedule will help us come conference season.”
The Lady Chargers will resume play on Jan. 8 when they travel to Jackson, MI, to play MCCAA Western Conference rival Jackson Community College. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. EST.