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Second Half Struggles Cost Lady Chargers at Muskegon

January 31, 2011

MUSKEGON, MI – The Ancilla College women’s basketball team was forced into 14 turnovers and shot just 26 percent in the second half as they dropped a 69-45 decision to Muskegon Community College on Saturday.

The Lady Chargers (5-12, 3-6 MCCAA Western) were tied with the hosts at 27 at the end of the first half, but struggled to execute in the second half against a talented Muskegon (16-6, 7-2 MCCAA Western) team.

“We played well the first half,” said Ancilla women’s basketball coach Dave Liverance.  “We only committed seven turnovers and played well on defense.  The second half, we struggled on both ends of the floor.  Muskegon forced us into several areas where we did not execute well.”

Naomi McNeal led all scorers with 17 points on the night and was the only Lady Charger in double figures.  Shalana Murray added seven points and 11 rebounds for Ancilla.

“This concludes the first round of conference games,” said Liverance.  “We’re tied for sixth and must be in the top seven to qualify for regionals.  The good thing is that we have five of our last seven games at home.”

The Lady Chargers resume play on Saturday, Feb. 5 when they host conference rival Jackson Community College.  Tipoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EST.