JC women rollCarly Jensen loves zone defense.
By: Chris Aarhus, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Carly Jensen loves zone defense.
Not necessarily using it on offense, but certainly playing against it.
The Jamestown College sharpshooter drilled five 3-pointers as part of an 11-of-25 team effort in the 17th-ranked Jimmies’ 71-52 victory over Mayville State (16-2) on Sunday. The win captured the championship of the four-team Dakota Tip-off Classic.
“I love it when people play zone,” said Jensen, a 5-foot-9 junior guard from White Bear Lake, Minn. “It’s nice for our shooters.”
Jensen finished 5-of-8 from the field, often positioning herself between the corner and the wing and waiting for the pass from the free-throw line.
“She’s a good all-around basketball player. Her 3-point shooting is one of her specialties,” JC coach Greg Ulland said. “She’s always got the green light. She’s proven and earned that right.”
The shooters were out in full force against Mayville State. Outside of Jensen’s triples, it was a well-balanced effort. Morgan Mathison hit a pair, while Amber Ramlo, Hannah Steele, Maggie Seter and Chelsey Frydenlund each had one.
“We got a lot of looks inside early and (Mayville) made adjustments,” Ulland said. “The kids knocked down shots on the perimeter. The girls do a nice job of finding each other.”
Bridget Schuneman led the Jimmies with 16 points, while Ramlo was also in double figures with 12.
The Jimmies (18-3) led 39-36 at halftime in what had all the makings of a shootout. However, JC’s defense put the clamps on in the second half, limiting Mayville to 25 points. Mayville’s total of 52 is a season-low.
“I thought we limited their open looks,” Ulland said. “We challenged them, especially on defense.”
JC led 54-51 after a jumper from Mayville’s Missy Kassube at the 10:53 mark of the second half.
From there, however, the Jimmies turned up the heat, embarking on a 13-0 run in a span of more than four minutes. Mayville scored just 10 points the rest of the way.
“We just relaxed more,” Jensen said. “Being strong with passes and talking more on defense.”
Mayville forward Marcisa McMillan proved to be the biggest hurdle for the Jimmies. She finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
The two teams will turn around and play again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Civic Center.
Jamestown College 79, Mayville State 61
Mayville State 36 25 — 61
Jamestown College 39 40 — 79
Mayville State — Angela Tauer 16, Marcisa McMillan 16, Hailey Longtin 8, Missy Kassube 6, Sam Heier 4, Sabrina Rude 4, Kay Laforet 4, Liza Hoglo 3. Totals 19-62 16-24 61
Jamestown College — Bridget Schuneman 16, Carly Jensen 15, Amber Ramlo 12, Hannah Steele 7, Morgan Mathison 6, Maggie Seter 6, Chelsey Frydenlund 5, Jessica Buck 4, Kayla Roemmich 4, Megan Pold 4. Totals 25-64 18-20 79
3-pointers: MSU 7-22 (Tauer 3, Longtin 2, McMillan, Rude), JC 11-25 (Jensen 5, Mathison 2, Steele, Ramlo, Seter, Frydenlund). Rebounds: MSU 42 (McMillan 15), JC 46 (Pold 6, Ramlo 6). Assists: MSU 12 (Heier 4), JC 19 (Steele 7). Steals: MSU 10 (Longtin 4), JC 7 (Pold 2). Blocks: MSU 4 (McMillan 3), JC 6 (Ramlo 3). Total fouls: MSU 11, JC 21. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: MSU 18, JC 16.
Sun sports writer Chris Aarhus can be reached at (701) 952-8462 or by email at email@example.com