Women cruise big over CougarsA step down in competition didn’t bring the Jimmies with it. Jamestown College, ranked 11th in the NAIA, scored 18 of the first 19 points of the second half and sailed to a 73-34 win over Minnesota-Morris in the opener of Tuesday night’s doubleheader.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
A step down in competition didn’t bring the Jimmies with it.
Jamestown College, ranked 11th in the NAIA, scored 18 of the first 19 points of the second half and sailed to a 73-34 win over Minnesota-Morris in the opener of Tuesday night’s doubleheader.
The 6-1 Jimmies have played a tough early-season schedule against a handful of quality NAIA and NCAA Division II teams.
Minnesota-Morris, a D-III team, struggled, and the Jimmies sailed.
“Our goal is to be a more consistent team. Sometimes when you’re playing a good team, you play really good, but against a team that isn’t as good, sometimes you stoop to that level,” said junior Carly Jensen, who drained all three of her 3-point attempts. “We want to play good against everybody. We haven’t done that every time, but we’re getting better at it, I think.”
The Cougars hung around for a half, trailing just 34-24 at the break.
But the Jimmies put the clamps on in the second half.
They allowed the Cougars just one basket the entire half and outscored the Cougars 39-10.
“Defensively, the second half was really good. I thought we made it pretty hard for them,” JC coach Greg Ulland said.
Jamestown College was also good offensively, making 14 of its 26 shots. For the game the Jimmies were under 50 percent overall, but sank 11 of 17 3s. Jensen made three, although she’s trying to be more than just a shooter.
“I’m trying to expand my game,” Jensen said. “You have to be able to do more than just shoot. Especially when you have someone like Hannah (Steele) because she’ll find you if you’re open.”
Steele had a team-high 16 points and six assists. Kayla Roemmich was also in double figures with 11 points.
Emily Mehr led all scorers with 19 points for the Cougars.
“Mehr and (Kendra) Wycoff are nice players. I thought we did a better job in the second half on them,” Ulland said.
Sinking 11 3s was also a good sign.
“It always helps when you make shots,” Ulland said.
The Jimmies play in Dickinson this weekend, taking on the Blue Hawks Friday and Rocky Mountain Saturday.
Jamestown College 73, Minnesota-Morris 34
Minnesota-Morris 24 10 — 34
Jamestown College 34 39 — 73
Minnesota-Morris: Emily Mehr 19, Kendra Wycoff 7, Emily Auch 4, Connor Lewis 2, Cori Becker 2. Totals: 10-62 FG, Three-pointers: 3-26 (Mehr 2, Wycoff), 11-14 FT, 31 Rebounds (Erickson 6), 6 Fouls, 7 7 Assists (Lewis 2, Kelsey Erickson 2), 2 Blocked shots (Mehr 2), 3 Steals (Auch 2).
Jamestown College: Kayla Roemmich 10, Bridget Schuneman 6, Hannah Steele 16, Carly Jensen 11, Morgan Mathison 7, Kadie Savage 5, Maggie Seter 3, Chelsey Frydenlund 5, Jessica Buck 7, Amber Ramlo 2, Megan Pold 1. Totals: 28-57 FG, Three-pointers: 11-17 (Jensen 3, Mathison 2, Steele 2, Savage, Seter, Frydenlund, Buck, Ramlo), 6-8 FT, 52 Rebounds (Steele 7), 15 Fouls, 23 Assists (Steele 6), 12 Turnovers, 9 Blocked shots (Pold 2, Buck 2, Frydenlund 2), 1 Steal (Steele).
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at email@example.com