DONALDSON — Ancilla College women’s basketball player Shalana Murray was selected as a co-recipient of the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Award for January 26.
A 5-foot-11 forward, Murray posted a pair of double-doubles on January 19 and January 22 against Grand Rapids Community College and Kellogg Community College, respectively.
Murray put up 16 points and 16 rebounds in a 61-55 victory over Grand Rapids at home, followed by a 10 point, 15-rebound performance in a 54-52 victory at Kellogg.
She also averaged 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks in the two games.
“Shalana had a great week, and it was good to see that the NJCAA recognize for her efforts,” said Ancilla women’s basketball coach Dave Liverance. “Because of what she was able to do on the court, helped us win both games and get back in the hunt in conference play. All season long, Shalana has been a force inside. She is a hard working player, and it’s fun to see her get rewarded.”
Murray credited her development under Liverance as part of the reason for her recent success.
“I feel like I’ve come a long way from being the player who just passed, passed, passed,” said Murray. “I was always behind somebody. Now I feel like I have the opportunity to step up, put the team on my shoulders, and become one of the many leaders on the team instead of being in the background.
“It’s just an honor.”
For more information, go to http://www.njcaa.org/newsArticle.cfm?articleId=13296 .