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University of Jamestown’s Kadie Savage drives to the basket past Cardinal Stritch defender Jenny Shernell during Friday’s Sweet 16 game at the NAIA national tournament. (Andrew Gideon / For The Sun)

Rare off game dooms Jimmies in Sweet 16

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Off nights have been few and far between for the Jimmie women this season.

They had one at the wrong time on Friday, however.

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Top-seeded University of Jamestown struggled from start to finish in losing to Cardinal Stritch, Wis., 76-54 on Friday in the Sweet 16 at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Jimmies had only one more made basket (19) than turnovers (18), committed 26 fouls and were outrebounded 46-32 — all of which were uncharacteristic previously during their 27-4 season.

“I’m sad for our players, they wanted it, it just wasn’t there tonight,” coach Greg Ulland said. “It was a bad time to have an off night.”

Both teams struggled offensively, but Cardinal Stritch opened up a 33-24 lead late in the first half and the Jimmies couldn’t trigger one of their trademark runs.

Ulland, not surprisingly, wasn’t making excuses.

“We didn’t execute well, didn’t shoot well, didn’t play well, and I didn’t coach well” Ulland said. “It was an off night and it starts with me. … I just feel bad for our kids that it happened here tonight.”

The Wildcats stretched the lead out with a 10-0 run early in the second half to make it 52-35.

“You have to tip your hat to them,” Ulland said. “They played a great game.”

Hannah Steele led the Jimmies with 11 points and seven assists. Morgan Mathison and Jessica Buck added eight points each. Steele, Mathison and Carly Jensen each played in their final games, helping the Jimmies to their third straight trip to the Sweet 16. Jamestown is yet to advance further.

“They took the program to a whole different level,” Ulland said. “You just feel bad it had to end like this, but with time we’ll be able to look back on all they did accomplish and feel really good about it. … We’re really going to miss them, not just as players, but as the type of people they are.”

Michelle Piepenburg had 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead Cardinal Stritch (26-6), which plays either Morningside, Iowa or College of Saint Mary, Neb. The game was scheduled to start at 8:45 p.m., but did not start until 10:15 p.m. after the previous seven games ran late, two of which went into overtime. Complete schedule and results are available in the scoreboard.

Also Friday in Sioux City, Mayville State had its season ended 92-87 in overtime.

Marcisa McMillan (19), Liza Hoglo (16), Hailey Longtin (13) and Sam Heier (12) were all in double figures for the Comets, who finished the season at 25-4.

Cardinal Stritch 76,                                                     University of Jamestown 543

Jamestown 26 28 — 54

Cardinal Stritch 33 43 — 76

Jamestown — Jordan Bridges 5, Megan Pold 7, Kyra Dewald 4, Hannah Steele 11, Morgan Mathison 8, Carly Jensen 2, Maggie Seter 3, Chelsey Frydenlund 2, Jessica Buck 8, Arei Stokes 4. Totals: 19-62 FG, Three-pointers: 6-28 (Steele 2, Mathison 2, Bridges, Bridges, Seter), 10-16 FT, 32 Rebounds (Buck 5), 26 Fouls (Bridges 5), 12 Assists (Steele 7), 18 Turnovers, 3 Blocked shots (Bridges, Stokes, Frydenlund), 7 Steals (Stokes 2).

Cardinal Stritch — Becky Gilbreath 17, Nateah Beimborn 8, Michelle Piepenburg 21, Emily Neitzel 4, Julie Raeder 17, Amy Jorgenson 2, Jenny Shernell 5, Mika Passini 2. Totals: 24-54 FG, Three-pointers: 4-11 (Raeder 2, Gilbreath, Piepenberg), 24-29 FT, 46 Rebounds (Piepenburg 14), 15 Fouls, 10 Assists (Beimborn 4), 17 Turnovers, 4 Blocked shots (Gilbreath 2), 7 Steals (Gilbreath 2, Neitzel 2).

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701)                   952-8460 or by e-mail at dselvig@jamestownsun.com

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