GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Ancilla College women’s basketball team used a 21-5 run in the final six minutes to defeat MCCAA Western Conference rivals Grand Rapids Community College 58-46 at Grand Rapids, MI, on Wednesday.
Shalana Murray scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds – most of those coming in the final six minutes – as Ancilla (6-15, 4-9 MCCAA Western) moved into sole possession of the seventh and final playoff spot.
“Our players did a great job in the last six minutes taking care of the ball and getting it inside to Shalana,” said Ancilla women’s basketball coach Dave Liverance. “It was a great game by our post players. Our guards the last six minutes did a great job of taking care of the ball and knocking down free throws at the end.”
Katrina Vannoy added 12 points to help Ancilla claim a one game lead over Kellogg Community College in the playoff race.
Up until those final six minutes, Grand Rapids (4-19, 1-12 MCCAA Western) made life very difficult on the Lady Chargers. Ancilla scored just 15 points in the first half and trailed 41-37 with a little over six minutes remaining in the contest.
Fortunately, Ancilla was able to rely on its defense and rebounding to keep the game within reach. The Lady Chargers held Grand Rapids to just 35 percent shooting while forcing 21 turnovers on the night. Ancilla also dominated on the glass, out-rebounding Grand Rapids 51-26.
“We struggled on the offensive end the first half, but we played great defense and we owned the boards,” said Liverance.
The Lady Chargers resume play on Feb. 19 when they host conference rival Kellogg Community College at the LifePlex in Plymouth. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EST.