Women’s college basketball
eliminated in OT thriller
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 in Benton Harbor, Mich. 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 head 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. at 3 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.”
8th grade girls basketball
Lincoln beats Edgewood
The eighth grade Lady Red Storm beat a tough Warsaw Edgewood school, 29-17.
Leading the way for Lincoln was Hunter Stevens with 12. Also scoring were Libbie Portteus and Kaydon Fosler with four points each, Haley Harrell with three, and Kirstin Riise, Abby Patrick and Allie Wright with a bucket apiece.
The Red Storm record improves to 11-2 and the team will be back in action at home tonight for the start of the conference tourney.
Men’s college basketball
The Ball State men’s basketball team suffered a tough loss Wednesday night as the Cardinals dropped an 87-70 Mid-American Conference contest to Western Michigan at University Arena.
The loss drops the Cardinals to 17-12 on the year and 9-6 in MAC play, while the Broncos improve to 18-11 overall and 10-5 in league action to move into sole possession of first place in the MAC West Division.
Ball State trails Western Michigan for the top spot in the MAC West by one game with one game remaining in the regular season.
The Cardinals can still clinch the MAC West Division and the number two seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament with a win Saturday over Northern Illinois and a WMU loss at Central Michigan.
Ball State finished the game shooting 41.1 percent (23-of-56) from the field and 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from three-point land. Senior forward Malik Perry led the Cardinals with 13 points as he was 7 of 10 from the free throw line and 3 of 6 from the field.
Jarrod Jones added 10 points and seven rebounds while Jauwan Scaife finished the night with 12 points, and Plymouth grad Randy Davis tallied seven points, two assists and two steals.