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May 05, 2007
After winning their 12th consecutive game Sunday, Feb. 25 with a score of 51-42 over Rochester at Ridgewater Community College in Willmar, Minn., Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) women's basketball team, the Golden Rams, claimed the 2007 Minnesota Community College Conference (MCCC) State Championship.
Tripled teamed by Anoka-Ramsey Community College, the Rochester player misses the shot.

Tripled teamed by Anoka-Ramsey Community College, the Rochester player misses the shot.

(Photo courtesy of baphotopix.com)

The team struggled offensively, evident when Rochester jumped quickly to a seven-to-one lead just five minutes into the game. The Rams held Rochester to just two points during the next 15 minutes however while scoring 22 points. At half-time, the Rams held a 23-9 lead. In the second half, the Rams continued with solid defensive pressure and scored another 29 points.

Sonja Ellingson (Maple Grove) led the team with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Amanda Reh (Monticello) scored 13 points and hauled down right defensive rebounds. Both Ellingson and Reh were named to the All-Tournament Team.

To earn the championship berth, the Rams dispatched Minnesota West 61-31 in Saturday's semi-final game. Ellingson and Marlayna Graff led the scoring with 15 points each.

The Ram's defense has carried the team all season, including in the three tournament games when the team only gave up 108 points, a 36-point per game average. With the three victories over the weekend, the Rams raise their record to 22-4.

The ARCC Rams will host the Region 13A Championship Game against Western Technical College, Friday, March 2, 6 p.m., Coon Rapids Campus Gymnasium. The winner will go to the National Tournament in Utica, New York.

Come out and support the 2007 Golden Rams in their quest to get the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Golden Rams back to the National Tournament.

For more information on Anoka-Ramsey Community College (ARCC) basketball or other intercollegiate sports, visit www.anokaramsey.edu/studentActivities/intercollegiate_athletics.cfm.

Anoka-Ramsey Community College Women's Basketball Distinctions

  • MCCC Southern Division 1st Team
    Sonja Ellingson- Maple Grove, Minn.
    Marlayna Graff- North Branch, Minn.

  • MCCC Southern Division Honorable Mention
    Amanda Reh- Monticello, Minn.
    Love Washington- Blaine, Minn.

  • MCCC All-State 1st Team
    Sonja Ellingson- Maple Grove, Minn.
    Marlayna Graff- North Branch, Minn.

  • MCCC All-State Honorable Mention
    Amanda Reh- Monticello, Minn.
    Love Washington- Blaine, Minn.

  • MCCC All-Tournament Team
    Sonja Ellingson- Maple Grove, Minn.
    Amanda Reh- Monticello, Minn.

  • NJCAA DIII All-American Candidate
    Sonja Ellingson- Maple Grove, Minn.