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Lady Chargers Get Back on Track with Victory over Grand Rapids

January 24, 2011

DONALDSON – The Ancilla College women’s basketball team rediscovered their winning ways on Wednesday with a 61-55 victory over Grand Rapids Community College at the LifePlex in Plymouth.

Sophomore forward Shalana Murray was dominant in the effort, posting 16 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists as the Lady Chargers (4-10, 2-4 MCCAA Western) snapped a seven game losing streak.

Pattie Olson came off the bench for Ancilla to score 12 points in the winning effort.

“This was a good win for us at home,” said Ancilla women’s basketball coach Dave Liverance.  “In the first half, it was our offense that carried us.  In the second half, it was our defense.  It’s good to see we can play either way.  We are still waiting for the game to come where our offense and defense are getting it done for 40 minutes.”

Grand Rapids (3-13, 0-6 MCCAA Western) was led by Tatiyana Jones with 13 points.

Ancilla was outstanding all game in taking care of the basketball, committing just nine turnovers and collecting 22 assists on the night.

According to Liverance, the lively student section in attendance was an important factor in the victory.

“We had a great student section last night at our game,” said Liverance.  “It means so much to our players to have the students there in support.”

The Lady Chargers will resume play on Jan. 22 when they travel to Battle Creek, MI to play MCCAA Western Conference rival Kellogg Community College.  Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EST.