by Samantha Lefevre
Anoka-Ramsey Community College women’s basketball team came away with a sweep in last weekend’s home holiday classic against United Tribes Technical College 77-56 and North Dakota State College of Science Wildcats (NDSCS) 75-56, Jan. 6-7.
A strong defense and stout inside game that pulled down 46 rebounds proved to be the biggest game winning factors for the Golden Rams’ 19-point victory over NDSCS. [smooth=id:462]
The Golden Rams started off strong against the Wildcats and led the first half 43-28, capitalizing on making nine-of-15 of free throws and shooting 50 percent behind the key. They carried their lead untill the very end, controlling the boards, especially in rebounds.
“For the first time all year we controlled the boards,” Golden Rams Coach David DeWitt said. “You know we out rebounded them 46-32, they only had three offensive rebounds the entire game. Our nemesis all year long has been rebounding.”
Anoka-Ramsey had a total of 15 offensive rebounds and 31 defensive rebounds. Sophomore Tamarra Shorter led the way with 13 rebounds – 10 off the defensive glass.
The Golden Rams grew its lead to 20 points twice in the second half, once seven minutes into the half and returned to that lead with three minutes left on the clock.
Anoka-Ramsey’s Maria Loughlin was the game’s top scorer walking off the court with 24 points on seven-of-11 shooting from the field and nine-of-10 from the line. She also contributed nine total rebounds. Also tallying up points for the Golden Rams were Cami Bauer, Tamarra Shorter, and Tracy McGregor, who each put up 11 points.
“We were extremely good defensively,” DeWitt said. “We played very good defense and we put a lot of pressure and made it difficult for them to do the things they do. You know it was a very good defensive effort.”
The Golden Rams finished the weekend with a 11-2 record. They hit the road for the first MCAC conference game at Riverland Community College Jan. 11.