College basketball: Minnesota West falls twice to Anoka-Ramsey
COON RAPIDS — Two Southern Division showdowns happened here Wednesday night. In the first, the Anoka-Ramsey women’s basketball team made it a clean sweep over the Minnesota West Lady Jays with a 90-75 victory. The Golden Rams won a nail-biter, 70-67, over the Jays on Jan. 19 in Worthington.
Anoka-Ramsey is 9-0 in division play. The Lady Jays are 8-2, and 18-5 overall.
In the game that followed Wednesday, the Bluejay men also struggled, losing 90-68 to the Rams to fall to 16-8 and 7-4.
Both Minnesota West teams are in action at home on Saturday, with the Lady Jays hosting Mount Marty College JV at 1 p.m. and the men playing St. Cloud Tech at 3 p.m.
A-R 90, Lady Jays 75
The first half was a good one for Minnesota West. The second half wasn’t.
After leading 45-40 at intermission, the Lady Jays started the second half by scoring the first four points for a 49-40 lead. Anoka-Ramsey responded, however, by going on a 14-2 run. Altogether in the second half, the Rams outscored the Jays 50-30.
“They just had a great second half and we didn’t. They just took the momentum away from us,” said Minnesota West head coach Mike Fury.
West, which turned the ball over eight times in the first half, turned it over 12 more times in the second half.
Anoka-Ramsey’s outstanding sophomore forward, Olivia Antilla, led both teams with 25 points. Maria Loughliln added 20 and Mataya Racek 19 for the Rams.
Tiffany Gehl scored 30 points for the Lady Jays. Bridget Kramer was the only other Lady Jay scoring in double figures, with 13 points. Kristen Andersen had nine rebounds and Gehl seven. Lindsey Drooger had six assists.
“You gotta play 40 (minutes). We probably played 25,” Fury said.
Lady Jays 45 75
Anoka-Ramsey 40 90
LADY JAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Hermeling 3-0-0-9, Kramer 2-2-3-13, Kemper 1-2-0-7, Gehl 3-7-7-30, Drooger 1-1-3-8, Andersen 0-3-2-8. Totals 10-15-15-75.
ANOKA-RAMSEY (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Loughlin 3-4-3-20, Racek 3-4-2-19, Schaub 0-3-0-6, Antilla 1-7-8-25, Finklea 0-2-0-4, Carter 0-0-2-2, Parker 0-5-4-14. Totals 7-25-19-90.
A-R 90, Bluejays 68
Minnesota West secured a six-point victory in the first meeting with Anoka-Ramsey. But in that game, the Rams’ 6-6 freshman Joey Weldon scored just six points. On Wednesday, he scored 30 points to go along with 13 rebounds.
West head coach Justin Heckenlaible said Weldon’s performance was the difference in the game. Even so, the Bluejays have had better days all around.
While Anoka-Ramsey hit 52 percent of its field goals, including 11 of 19 from three-point range, Minnesota West converted only 40 percent of its shots from the field.
“They shot real well and we didn’t really cover in the zone,” Heckenlaible said.
The loss marred an outstanding game from Minnesota West freshman guard Ja’Pree Murry, who meshed four three-pointers, seven two-point field goals and five free throws into 31 points. Taylor Lupton, who had six rebounds, had 11 points for the visitors and Jordan Thomas added 10 points.
Derek Buysse led West with seven rebounds.
With the win, Anoka-Ramsey moves to 17-7 on the season and 6-5 in division play.
Bluejays 26 68
Anoka-Ramsey 42 90
BLUEJAYS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Hodges 0-2-0-4, Thomas 1-3-1-10, Murry 4-7-5-31, Seitzinger 0-2-0-4, Buysse 0-3-0-6, Bell 0-1-0-2, Lupton 0-4-3-11. Totals 5-22-9-68.
ANOKA-RAMSEY (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Byrgiotis 1-1-0-5, Doe 3-2-3-16, Pollard 2-2-2-12, Lyons 5-1-0-17, Kpahn 0-1-4-6, Weldon 0-13-4-30, Johnson 0-2-0-4. Totals 11-22-13-90.