Jimmies impressive in home-openerHome debuts at the Civic Center went quite nicely for the Jimmies this week. Greg Ulland and his young JC women’s squad got their first win of the season with an impressive 78-71 win over Mount Marty, S.D., Friday night, two days after the Jimmie men beat Division II Minnesota-Crookston. It was a very encouraging performance for Ulland’s team, who played 14 girls, 11 of whom scored.
Home debuts at the Civic Center went quite nicely for the Jimmies this week.
Greg Ulland and his young JC women’s squad got their first win of the season with an impressive 78-71 win over Mount Marty, S.D., Friday night, two days after the Jimmie men beat Division II Minnesota-Crookston.
It was a very encouraging performance for Ulland’s team, who played 14 girls, 11 of whom scored.
“We definitely took a step tonight,” said the first-year JC coach. “Mount Marty is a good basketball team. They’re going to win their fair share of games. For our girls, it was a really nice confidence-booster.”
The Jimmies were coming off a pair of tough losses in Iowa last weekend — albeit against two really good teams. Mount Marty came into Friday 4-1, but the home team was nearly flawless for the first 15 minutes Friday, racing out to a 33-10 lead.
“All the credit goes to the girls. We had a game plan of what we wanted to do, and they did a great job of executing it,” Ulland said. “We knew Mount Marty would make a run. They’re an explosive offensive team. But our girls did a really nice job of hanging in there when it got tight.”
Ulland substituted freely, making what amounted to line shifts — 5 for 5 — on handful of occasions.
“We have a lot of wings that do a lot of the same things,” Ulland said. “We wanted to get everybody out there and see how they reacted. There were a lot of positives for us tonight.”
Despite trailing by 23 in the first half, the veteran Lancers did make a run.
They got within 38-31 at halftime, and then scored the first five of the second half. They tied it twice, once at 40-all and then at 59-59 with less than eight minutes to play.
But the Jimmies always had an answer.
Tied 59-all, Casey Geffre converted on a slashing move to the basket to put JC back up. Senior Krista Shaikoski followed with a three-point play on the next JC possession to push it back up to five.
The Lancers got within 70-68 on a late three from Jenny Miller with 2:30 still to play, but the Jimmies got stops on five of Mount Marty’s last six possessions, and a three-point play by Geffre with just 25 seconds to play iced it.
Geffre was one of four Jimmies in double figures with 10 points, eight coming in the second half. Freshman point guard Hannah Steele had an impressive home debut with 16 points and four assists. Sophomore Bridget Schuneman had another double-double, piling up 14 points and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Shaikoski finished with 12, including three of the Jimmies’ eight three-pointers. Carly Jensen added seven points, six coming on a 6-point JC possession midway through the second half that pushed a 2-point JC lead (47-45) back out to eight in the span of 15 seconds.
Megan Williams, one of four freshmen to get extended minutes, added five points and a team-high five assists for the Jimmies, who host Dakota Wesleyan today at 2 p.m.
“We talk constantly about continuing to get better, and I think we certainly saw progress from how we played last weekend,” Ulland said. “We have a great bunch of kids. They work really hard and I think they gave us a good glimpse of the potential we have.”
Mount Marty 77, Jamestown College 71
Mount Marty 31 40 — 71
Jamestown College 38 39 — 78
Mount Marty — Jenny Miller 25, Alexa Berg 2, Taylor Forsch 6, Cassie Neth 12, Kylie Gross 13, Kaylea Karst 11, Allison De Kam 2. Totals: 26-59 FG, Three-pointers: 11-24 (Miller 4, Karts 3, Forsch 2, Neth 2) 8-11 FT. 34 Rebounds (Gross 11), 18 Fouls (Neth ), 15 Assists (Miller 6), 13 Turnovers, 2 Blocked shots (Neth 2), 6 Steals (Miller 3).
Jamestown College — Krista Shaikoski 12, Amber Ramlo 4, Bridget Schuneman 14, Hannah Steele 16, Megan Williams 5, Carly Jensen 7, Kellie Olmscheid 2, Casey Geffre 10, Jackie Hust 3, Nicole Ahlers 1, Kayla Roemmich 3. Totals: 28-69 FG, Three-pointers: 8-33 (Shaikoski 3, Jensen 2, Williams 1, Steele 1, Hust 1), 13-22 FT, 32 Rebounds (Schuneman 123), 17 Fouls, 15 Assists (Steele 4), 18 Turnovers, 5 Blocked shots (Roemmich 3), 6 Steals (Steele 2).
Records: Jamestown College 1-2; Mount Marty 4-2.
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