Anoka-Ramsey Community College beat Rochester 74-59, Saturday, Feb. 20 and secured a share of the 2010 MCAC Southern Division Championship. Solid defense and timely shooting were key to the victory.
“Rochester is a very, very good team and very well coached,” says Anoka-Ramsey Head Coach, Dave DeWitt. “We just made a couple of timely baskets at key moments. The game could easily have gone the other way if those shots had not gone in.”
The game went back and forth for much of the first half before the Golden Rams were able to open up an 11-point halftime advantage. The second half was fairly even. Every time Rochester began to put together a run, Anoka-Ramsey usually found a way to make a play, get a stop or come up with a key basket.
As has been the case much of the season, Anoka-Ramsey had a very balanced offensive attack as five players scored in double figures with a sixth just one-point away. Marie Hanson led the way with 16 points and six rebounds. Alyssa Silva added 14 points and six assists, while Alex Moore and Shawnell Vincent contributed 12 points each. Moore also had seven rebounds and five assists. Stephanie Pilgrim scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Mallory Cramer rounded out the scoring with 9 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
With the win Anoka-Ramsey secured a tie with Minneapolis Community and Technical College for the Division Championship. Both teams finished with 10-2 records in the conference. Anoka-Ramsey gained the #1 seed for the upcoming conference tournament by virtue of a coin flip.
Anoka-Ramsey finishes the regular season with a 22-5 record overall. They continue to be ranked #5 in the latest NJCAA Division III national poll. They will travel to Thief River Falls and Northland Community and Technical College for the MCAC conference tournament. Their first game is against Rainy River on Friday, Feb. 26, 1 p.m. Anoka-Ramsey played Rainy River in an early December game and beat them 103-62.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College is a Division III Junior College located in Coon Rapids, Minn. and competes in the Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Conference. They have won six National Championships, the most recent in 2007 and been to the National tournament nine times.