Women hammer Dakota State
Big runs are a trademark of the fourth-ranked Jimmies.
Coach Greg Ulland has seen his team dial it up a notch since losing to 13th-ranked Mayville State last month.
“It’s started in practice. The last couple of weeks have been really good, and I haven’t had to say anything,” he said. “They’re really locked in right now and they’ve come out and played really well.”
The final result was not surprising.
The Jimmies improved to 21-2 overall, while the Trojans are 9-17.
Nine players scored in the 37-point opening half, but some full-court pressure from the Jimmies gave the Trojans fits.
“That’s something we’d like to get to, try and wear teams down and it seemed to pay dividends for us,” Ulland said.
Freshman Kyra Dewald scored nine of her 11 points in the first half, including a pair of nifty 1-on-1 plays.
“Just trying to get back in the groove, get my confidence going,” said the former all-stater for the Blue Jays.
Dakota State had 17 of its 31 turnovers in the first half and made just seven baskets. As a result, the second half was rendered essentially meaningless.
The Jimmies went 8-for-12 on 3-pointers in the game and finished at 45 percent overall.
“It makes a big difference when you make shots, not just on offense, but defensively you can see the energy-level rise,” Ulland said. “I thought we played really good team defense. We were active and making things pretty hard for them.”
Jordan Bridges led the Jimmies in scoring (16) and rebounding (8). She also blocked three shots. Paige Emmel, another freshman, was also in double figures with 11 as everybody scored. Hannah Steele dished out eight assists to go with five points in 22 minutes.
The level of competition takes a big step up Saturday when the Jimmies rematch the Comets in Mayville. They’ve had this one circled.
“Hopefully we can get revenge,” said Dewald, who also had a game-high four steals. “They’re good, so we’ll have to be ready and play our best.”
University of Jamestown 88,
Dakota State 44
Dakota State 16 28 — 44
Jamestown 37 51 — 88
Dakota State: Kylie Westover 5, Kendra Lindblad 2, BreAnna Olson 23, Erin Rabenberg 2, Cassie Jacobsen 2, Summer Bailey 3, Alyson Drooger 5, Erin Begalka 2. Totals: 17-52 FG, Three-pointers: 1-10 (Olson), 9-16 FT, 34 Rebounds (Drooger 5), 17 Fouls, 12 Assists (Drooger 3), 31 Turnovers, 7 Steals (Olson 2, Drooger 2), 10 Blocked shots (Drooger 8).
Jamestown: Kyra Dewald 11, Hannah Steele 5, Jordan Bridges 16, Morgan Mathison 7, Megan Pold 2, Carly Jensen 5, Maggie Seter 6, Chelsey Frydenlund 5, Paige Emmel 11, Jessica Buck 2, Arei Stokes 7, Alexis Watts 7, Kaeli Krask 4. Totals: 34-76 FG, Three-pointers: 8-12 (Emmel 2, Seter 2, Jensen, Mathison, Bridges, Steele), 12-18 FT, 53 Rebounds (Bridges 8), 17 Fouls, 24 Assists (Steele 8), 19 Turnovers, 6 Blocked shots (Bridges 3), 17 Steals (Dewald 4).
Records: Jamestown 21-2 overall, 3-1 NSAA; Dakota State 1-3 NSAA, 9-17.
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