Jimmie surge: No. 5 Jamestown uses late run to beat host Vikings
VALLEY CITY — Not long after Hannah Steele converted a driving layup early in the second half, University of Jamestown coach Greg Ulland screamed for his team to get a stop.
The Jimmies responded with more than a few.
Fifth-ranked Jamestown held Valley City State scoreless for nearly 5 minutes of the second half, holding on for a 77-74 victory in North Star Athletic Association women’s basketball Wednesday at Osmon Fieldhouse. The triumph clinched the program’s sixth consecutive 20-win season.
“The first half, we were just a step slow and they came out guns ablazing,” said University of Jamestown guard Kadie Savage, who had a team-high six rebounds. “We regrouped in the second half and communicationwise, we were just on our game after that.”
VCSU standout Brittany Lehner converted a three-point play with 13 minutes, 12 seconds to go in the game, as part of her game-high 29 points. But Jamestown answered by holding the Vikings without a point until Lehner made a free throw at the 8:29 mark. The next field goal for VCSU didn’t come until a minute after that, with Lehner sinking that as well.
“Just the continuing wearing down in the second half,” Jamestown coach Greg Ulland said. “We got a few stops and got on a little run. Then, you can be more aggressive.”
Jamestown, meanwhile, rallied from a 54-53 deficit with a 12-1 run that kept it in front the rest of the way. Five different players scored during the successful stretch.
“We were just kind of waiting for that moment to get on a run and get going,” Savage said. “As soon as we hit that point, we knew we were OK, as long as we stayed solid, defensively, down the stretch.”
Steele, the two-time AllAmerican point guard, led the Jimmies with 22 points. Carly Jensen and Kyra Dewald were also in double figures with 12 and 10, respectively.
VCSU made it interesting late in the game, getting within five points with a minute remaining. However, Jamestown was 6-of-6 from the foul line down the stretch, with Steele making four of those and Jessica Buck contributing the other two. Lehner added a jumper at the buzzer to round out the final score.
Jamestown had a busy night at the charity stripe, finishing 30-of-42 from the free-throw line. Seven players went to the line for the Jimmies, who host Dakota State on Wednesday at the Civic Center.
“The biggest thing was we got stops when we needed to and buckets when we needed to,” Ulland said. “I’m proud of the kids’ effort.”
University of Jamestown 77, Valley City State 74
UJ: Hannah Steele 22, Carly Jensen 12, Kyra Dewald 10, Jessica Buck 8, Arei Stokes 6, Alexis Watts 6, Chelsey Frydenlund 4, Paige Emmel 4, Maggie Seter 3, Morgan Mathison 2. Totals 2255 3042 77.
VCSU: Brittany Lehner 29, Ashli Lee 10, Sierra Even 10, Sadiqah Jihad 8, Steph Pedersen 6, Courtney Dixon 7, Megan Trautman 2, Kelsey Hunter 2. Totals 2558 1831 74.
Halftime score: UJ 43, VCSU 41. 3pointers: UJ 316 (Jensen, Seter, Emmel), VCSU 614 (Even 2, Jihad 2, Pedersen, Dixon). Rebounds: UJ 42 (Savage 6), VCSU 42 (Pederson 7). Assists: UJ 10 (Steele 4), VCSU 12 (Jihad 8). Total fouls: UJ 23, VCSU 24. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: UJ 10, VCSU 10.
Records: UJ 21 conference, 202 overall. VCSU 02, 108.
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