The Anoka- Ramsey Community College Golden Rams Women’s Basketball team opened their 2009-10 campaign Nov. 6 and 7 in Mason City, Iowa for the Konigsmark Klassic.
The opening game against Ellsworth Community College, a Division II scholarship school, had the team down by 10 points at the half, 35 -25. Anoka-Ramsey came out strong the second half and quickly erased that 10 point deficit.
Getting more aggressive offensively and switching back and forth between a man and match-up defense, Anoka-Ramsey outscored Ellsworth 49 – 25 in the second period en route to a 69-60 win.
Stephanie Pilgrim poured in 21 points in her collegiate debut while Mallory Cramer, a freshman from Minneapolis South added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Alex Moore, a sophomore transfer from the University of Detroit (St. Paul Johnson High School) dropped in 13 points going 4 for 6 from behind the arc and had 6 assists. Alyssa Silva added 11 points of her own in the second half.
Saturday, Nov.7, Anoka-Ramsey played the host school NIACC, another Division II scholarship school. After being down by as much as 10-12 points, the Golden Rams managed a one-point, 38-37 half-time lead.
Playing some impressive ball to start the second half, the Golden Rams pushed their lead to 15 points midway through the second period. NIACC wasn’t through though. They hung tough, took advantage of some sloppy play on the part of Anoka-Ramsey, and cut the deficit to 60-58 with about four minutes to go.
Some better decisions, patience on offense, along with solid free throw shooting down the stretch never allowed them to get any closer. The Golden Rams won 74-68.
Anoka-Ramsey had four players in double digits for the game. Alyssa Silva led the way with 17 points, followed by 13 from Stephanie Pilgrim, 12 from Shawnell Vincent, a sophomore from Minneapolis Patrick Henry, and 10 from Alex Moore. Mallory Cramer added 8 points, Marie Hanson 7 points, and Megan Schlauderaff, a sophomore from Park Center tallied 6 points.
Anoka-Ramsey is 2 – 0, and will travel next week to Yuma, Ariz. to take part in the Desert Classic. On Thursday they play Arizona Western and Friday, Yavapai, both highly successful Division I scholarship programs.