BENTON HARBOR, MI – The Ancilla College women’s basketball saw their season come to an end in an overtime thriller, falling 63-56 at third-seeded Lake Michigan College in the opening round of the NJCAA District G Women’s Basketball Tournament on Tuesday.
Rebecca Bunkowfst scored a career high 23 points for Ancilla (8-17), connecting on her first seven attempts from beyond the arc to set a team record for three-pointers in a game.
Allison Worden added 12 points, eight rebounds, and six assists for Ancilla while Shalana Murray added five points and 11 boards on the night.
Kailee Weberg led Lake Michigan (18-6) with 17 points.
“I’m very proud of this team for how they finished the season,” said Ancilla women’s basketball coach Dave Liverance, who will be stepping down after 11 years at the helm. “They won three of their last five games, and the two losses were to the number one team in our conference by one point and then an overtime loss to the number three team on their floor.”
Ancilla had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation. With the score tied at 55, Bunkowfst managed to get an open look but came up short on the effort, sending the game into overtime.
Lake Michigan went on to outscore the Lady Chargers 8-1 in the extra frame to advance to Friday’s semifinal round at the LifePlex in Plymouth. They will play second-seeded Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Tipoff is at 3:00 p.m. EST.
“It’s a tough loss for many reasons,” said Liverance. It’s the last game of the season. For the sophomores, it’s their last game in a Charger uniform. I’m so thankful for all the sophomores for what they have given to Lady Charger basketball.”