St. John gets near double-double as Express advance

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The top-ranked Owens Community College womens basketball team won its second-round game of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III tournament, defeating Anoka-Ramsey, 70-52, Thursday.

For Owens, Mallorie Schroeder was 7-for-12 from the field, including 2-for-3 from the arc, and had a double-double 21 points, 16 rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Keianna Sheridan was 6-for-10 from the floor, scoring 13 points with two assists, and 5-foot-11 forward Hayley St. John (Lake) had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Express.

Brooklyn Green had seven points, five rebounds and two steals and BreAna Clemons had four points, two assists and three steals.

Coming off the bench, Camryn Ivy was 3-for-5 from the floor and scored eight points, Alyssa Strahm scored six points, and former Bowling Green High School standout Trena Wiseman-Esparza added two points.

The Express shot 40% (25-for-65) from the floor, 43% (6-for-14) from the arc, and made 12-of-15 free throws (80%).

The game saw 46 turnovers, including 20 by Owens and 26 by Anoka-Ramsey, while Owens held a 42-38 advantage off the glass.

The Express opened the game on a 13-1 run but Anoka-Ramsey came back to take a 25-22 lead on a three-point shot by Janae Arnoldi with 6:21 remaining in the first half.

Owens closed the half on a 14-2 run to take a 36-27 halftime lead. An early third quarter free throw by Clemons pushed Owens’ lead to double figures, 37-27, and the Express never looked back, leaading by double digits the rest of the way.

Anoka-Ramsey drops to the consolation bracket at 21-10. The Golden Rams defeated Prince George’s, 59-41, to advance to the second round while Owens, because it was the nation’s top seed, had a first round bye.

CeCe Bell led Anoka-Ramsey with 22 points, 13 rebounds and three steals and Mikayla Kanenwisher had 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

In a national winners bracket semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday, Owens, 20-5, moves on to face No. 5 Minnesota West (29-4), which defeated Monroe College-Bronx (24-8), 89-75, on Thursday.