Jimmies sweep Comets
The fourth-ranked University of Jamestown women’s basketball team added another impressive road victory to an already stellar résumé.
After losing to Mayville State at the Civic Center on Jan. 22, the Jimmies (22-2) returned the favor Saturday, never trailing in a 78-70 win over the No. 13 Comets (19-3).
As expected, the Jamestown men completed the sweep, rolling over the Comets 71-42 for their eight straight victory.
The Jimmie women scored the first seven points of the game; held Mayville State to 36 percent shooting; then withstood a late rally from the home team in front of a revved up crowd.
“It was one of the best atmosphere’s I’ve seen. It was packed before tip-off and their crowd was ready to go from the start,” Jamestown coach Greg Ulland said. “It was a lot of fun to play there (Saturday). The girls were ready. They were determined to play well.”
If both teams win out, which is likely, a rematch in the championship game of the North Star Athletic Association tournament in early March seems likely. Both teams are 4-1 in the conference, but the Comets will win the tie-breaker and the No. 1 seed based on fewer losses to NAIA Division II teams.
“There’s still some games between now and then. What I like about our team is that they haven’t really worried so much about those things. We’ve practiced really well the last couple of weeks and gotten better,” Ulland said. “We want to continue to do that and hopefully that leads to some more big games down the road.”
Jordan Bridges had another strong performance, piling up 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.
“She was everywhere defensively and seemed to come through with a big basket when we needed it,” Ulland said of the junior post.
All-American point guard Hannah Steele also delivered. She buried a key 3-pointer late after the Comets had surged back to tie it at 59-all. Steele finished with nine points and seven rebounds and was praised for her defensive effort.
“I thought she played a tremendous game. She makes all of our defensive calls and against a team like Mayville, that’s really important, because they are a very good,” Ulland said.
Carly Jensen added eight points, leaving her just three shy of 1,000, including going 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
“We knew they were going to make a run, but our girls never worried. They’re really good at staying on an even keel. I don’t know how they’re able to do it, but after (Mayville) made their run, we made a few shots and got a few stops and were able to finish it off,” Ulland said.
It was the sixth win of the season for the Jimmies against a ranked team, five of them coming on the road.
All-American post Marcisa McMillan led the Comets with 24 points and 19 rebounds.
Jimmies 71, Comets 42
It was another routine win for the Jamestown men.
The Jimmies made nearly half of their shots and held Mayville State (0-5, 7-15) to 16 points in the first half and 26 over the final 20 minutes.
The Jimmies remain atop the NSAA at 5-0, while going to 13-11 overall.
It was close early, but an 8-0 run turned a one-point UJ edge into a nine-point advantage at 23-14. But that spurt paled to the one that followed later.
Leading 33-22 four minutes into the second half, the Jimmies scored 23 of the next 26 points to put it way out of reach.
Brequan Tucker had 17 points and seven rebounds, while Mark Hoge also put up 17 points. Jacob Havron added a season-high 12 points as 10 Jimmies scored.
Up next is another home doubleheader Wednesday night against Presentation College.
University of Jamestown 78, Mayville State 70
Jamestown 39 39 — 78
Mayville State 30 40 — 70
Jamestown — Jordan Bridges 21, Kyra Dewald 5, Hannah Steele 9, Kadie Savage 1, Carly Jensen 8, Maggie Seter 14, Chelsey Frydenlund 2, Paige Emmel 4, Jessica Buck 5, Morgan Mathison 5, Alexis Watts 4. Totals: 25-59 FG, Three-pointers: 8-21 (Seter 4, Steele 2, Dewald, Mathison), 20-28 FT, 37 Rebounds (Bridges 11), 25 Fouls, 14 Assists (Steele 7), 14 Turnovers, 5 Blocked shots (Bridges 4), 3 Steals (3 with 1).
Mayville State — Samantha Heier 12, Hailey Longtin 10, Liza Hoglo 13, Kay Laforet 2, Missy Kassube 2, Sabrina Rude 7, Marcisa McMillan 24. Totals: 24-67 FG, Three-pointers: 6-27 (Longtin 2, McMillan 2, Hoglo, Rude), 16-20 FT, 41 Rebounds (McMillan 19), 17 Fouls, 11 Assists (Heier 4), 2 Blocked shots (2 with 1), 4 Steals (4 with 1).
University of Jamestown 71, Mayville State 42
Jamestown 29 42 — 71
Mayville State 16 26 — 42
Jamestown — Brequan Tucker 17, Taylor Newton 2, Jake Hagler 5, Mark Hoge 17, Breshion Tucker 4, Logan Brown 4, Matt Wingo 2, Mark Potter 3, Austin Giese 5, Jacob Havron 12. Totals: 28-57 FG, Three-pointers: 8-27 (Hoge 3, Brequan Tucker 2, Hagler, Potter, Giese), 7-10 FT, 28 Rebounds (Brequan Tucker 7), 12 Fouls, 19 Assists (Dan Janu 4, Breshion Tucker 4), 11 Turnovers, 2 Blocked shots (2 with 1), 10 Steals (Hagler 3).
Mayville State — Michael Lindsay 13, Easton Page 6, Andrew Berge 2, Alex Herman 6, Jonathon Butler 7, David Olson 7, Colin Fitz 4. Totals: 16-41 FG, Three-pointers: 3-17 (Herman 2, Lindsay), 7-10 FT, 22 Rebounds (Lindsay 6), 13 Fouls, 6 Assists (Olson 2), 23 Turnovers, 2 Blocked shots (2 with 1), 4 Steals (Page 2).
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