PLYMOUTH – After overcoming a 21-point deficit, the Ancilla College women’s basketball team was unable to hold on for a victory on Monday night, falling to MCCAA Western Conference foe Lansing Community College 64-57.
Naomi McNeal led the Lady Chargers (3-8, 1-2 MCCAA Western) with 13 points in the losing effort while Shalana Murray added eight points and 15 boards.
Denay Kelley led Lansing (11-2, 2-1 MCCAA Western) with 17 points.
“The girls fought hard,” said Ancilla women’s basketball coach Dave Liverance. “They battled and gave everything they had. The wins are coming to come. We just have to stay positive and focused. We have to keep working hard.”
Ancilla led by two points late in the game, but three turnovers proved their undoing as Lansing claimed their eleventh win of the season.
The loss was the only blemish on an otherwise special night, as Ancilla graduate and longtime Chargers Athletics supporter Dennis Emmons was honored as the first-ever recipient of the Charger Award.
Emmons – who is currently battling cancer – was honored for his many contributions towards the athletic department over the years.
“It was a fun night,” said Liverance, who presented Emmons with the award after the game. “We had a great crowd and it was an honor to be able to give Dennis Emmons the Charger Award.”
The Lady Chargers will resume play on Jan. 12 when they travel to Benton Harbor, MI, to play MCCAA Western Conference rival Lake Michigan College. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. EST.
Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.