Jimmie women edge Blue HawksConference games are a different animal. Thursday night, the Jimmies found a way to tame it. Up 13 deep into the second half, then down three late in the game, Jamestown College hit a three and four late free throws down the stretch to hold off Dickinson State Thursday night in the Dakota Athletic Conference opener for both teams. The Jimmies, who stretched their winning streak to seven, appeared in control for 20 minutes, but the Blue Hawks nearly stole it late — just another night in the DAC.
Conference games are a different animal.
Thursday night, the Jimmies found a way to tame it.
Up 13 deep into the second half, then down three late in the game, Jamestown College hit a three and four late free throws down the stretch to hold off Dickinson State Thursday night in the Dakota Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
The Jimmies, who stretched their winning streak to seven, appeared in control for 20 minutes, but the Blue Hawks nearly stole it late — just another night in the DAC.
“This is what you expect out of the DAC,” said JC coach Greg Ulland, who earned his first conference win in his first try at his alma mater. “Every night is a battle. You expect to have to play 40 minutes to win.”
The Blue Hawks made a spirited second-half stand.
The Jimmies led 40-27 late in the opening half.
But Andre Goldberg’s team ran off a 10-1 early second-half run to take a 53-51 lead on a three-pointer from Mandy Mullock and it was back and forth the rest of the way.
“We just played harder in the second half. I thought that was the main thing,” Goldberg said. “Jamestown is a good team. Their record says that. We just didn’t play with the effort level we needed to in the first half. In the second half we did and it made a big difference.”
The Jimmies built a 40-27 first-half lead, doing so with their depth, as usual. Molly Artz drained three first-half triples and Kayla Roemmich scored nine of her 12 points as Ulland ran 14 girls in and out again.
The Blue Hawks had an answer in the second half. They held the Jimmies to just 29 points over the final 20 minutes, despite getting eaten alive on the glass. The Jimmies, who average 80 points a night, outrebounded the Blue Hawks, 47-28.
Terri Washington’s three-point play gave DSU a 66-65 lead with 1:40 left.
“Give them credit. They’re a good team. They kept coming at us,” Ulland said. “But our girls didn’t flinch. There’s something special about this team. They’re pretty good at finding a way.”
Finding a way Thursday night meant making clutch free throws.
Neither team made a basket in the final 90 seconds, but Hannah Steele made four straight free throws, the second two with just 10 seconds left.
The Blue Hawks had one last shot to tie, but Washington’s off-balance three at the horn was off the mark.
“It’s tough to win on the road, no doubt,” Goldberg said. “You have to be able to finish. We gave ourselves an opportunity, but we couldn’t quite get it done.”
Amber Adams led the Blue Hawks with 17 points. Washington finished with 13.
Bridget Schuneman made her first eight shots for the Jimmies and scored 19 points in just 18 minutes. She was in foul trouble much of the night.
Ramlo had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds and her big late three-pointer gave JC a 65-63 lead with 2:30 to play.
“Amber really played hard. That three was a big shot for us,” Ulland said.
The Jimmies turned it over 17 times.
“We showed our youth and inexperience at times, but our girls have proven they learn from their mistakes,” Ulland said. “Now we have to move on and get ready for Minot.”
Jamestown College 69, Dickinson State 66
Dickinson State 31 35 — 66
Jamestown College 40 29 — 69
Dickinson State: Terri Washington 13, Mandy Mullock 9, Amber Adams 17, Kylee Bittner 11, Kelsey Boedeker 8, Teryl Norton 3, Kersten Jaramillo 5. Totals: 25-61 FG, Three-pointers: 4-19 (Mullock, Adams, Boedeker, Norton), 12-20 FT, 28 Rebounds (Washington 5, Adams 5), 18 Fouls, 12 Assists (Boedeker 4), 10 Turnovers, 4 Blocked shots (Adams 3), 8 Steals (3 with 2).
Jamestown College: Krista Shaikoski 3, Amber Ramlo 14, Bridget Schuneman 19, Hannah Steele 4, Megan Larson 2, Megan Williams 2, Carly Jensen 2, Molly Artz 9, Nicole Ahlers 3, Kayla Roemmich 12. Totals: 23-56 FG, Three-pointers: 6-26 (Artz 3, Ramlo 2, Ahlers 1), 17-23 FT, 47 Rebounds (Ramlo 14), 16 Fouls, 17 Assists (Steele 8), 17 Turnovers, 2 Blocked shots (Ramlo 2), 2 Steals (Steele, Williams).
Records: Jamestown College 1-0 DAC, 7-2 overall; Dickinson State 0-1 DAC, 4-4 overall.
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