Drought costly as JC falls in Sweet 16Big runs have been characteristic of the Jimmie women’s basketball team in recent seasons. Usually, those patented runs lead to wins.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Big runs have been characteristic of the Jimmie women’s basketball team in recent seasons.
Usually, those patented runs lead to wins.
Friday in the round of 16 at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, third-ranked Eastern Oregon turned the tables on the No. 12 Jimmies.
Jamestown College (27-6) led 12-7 early, but went bucket-less for the next 10 minutes as the Mountaineers (33-2) used a prolonged 23-1 run to build a big lead they never gave up.
“It was one of those stretches where nothing seemed to go right. Offensively, defensively, the breaks, we just couldn’t snap out of it,” JC coach Greg Ulland said. “That’s not to take anything away from them. They’re a good team, no doubt about it. They’ve won 27 games in a row. You don’t do that by accident.”
The Jimmies, who tied the school record for wins in a season at 27, did chip away at the deficit and got within six in the second half, but Eastern Oregon had a little too much.
“I was proud of the effort. The girls kept after it. We played hard, we just didn’t play very well,” Ulland said.
The game did not have much flow, either. Not typically a heavy-fouling team, the Jimmies were whistled for a whopping 28 infractions. Star point guard Hannah Steele got her fourth foul early in the second half and eventually fouled out. So did seniors Amber Ramlo and Bridget Schuneman later.
The Mountaineers were called for just 17 fouls, but shot just four more free throws than the Jimmies.
Brooke Randall poured in 23 points to lead all scorers in the game for Eastern Washington, which started the game by making 10 of its first 15 shots.
“They put their kids in a position to be successful,” Ulland said. “There’s no shame in losing to a team of that caliber. We just would have liked to been within range late in the game.”
Schuneman capped her fine career with 17 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes. Fellow senior Amber Ramlo had seven points and 10 rebounds. Kayla Roemmich, the only other senior on the roster, added six points giving her 16 in the tournament.
“Those three seniors set the bar really high for our program and we’re going to miss them,” Ulland said.
The rest of the team returns, though, and will be a handful against next season.
“It’s tough to swallow right now in the heat of the moment, but we had a really good season,” Ulland said. “We definitely have a lot to feel good about.”
NAIA National Tournament
At Sioux City, Iowa
Round of 16
Eastern Oregon 76, Jamestown College 62
Jamestown College 29 33 — 62
Eastern Oregon 43 33 — 76
Jamestown College — Amber Ramlo 7, Bridget Schuneman 17, Hannah Steele 13, Carly Jensen 11, Morgan Mathison 3, Maggie Seter 2, Jordan Bridges 3. Totals: 20-64 FG, Three-pointers: 5-24 (Jensen 3, Mathison, Steele), 17-23 FT, 47 Rebounds (Ramlo 10), 28 Fouls (Ramlo 5, Schuneman 5, Steele 5), 12 Assists (Steele 5), 11 Turnovers, 5 Steals (Megan Pold 2).
Eastern Oregon — Chayla Jones 9, Korrie Bourn 11, Nicole Redd 17, Kelsea Hurliman 8, Brooke Randall 23, Maloree Moss 5, Nikki Osborne 3. Totals: 20-48 FG, Three-pointers: 9-16 (Redd 3, Bourn 2, Randall 2, Moss, Hurliman), 27-35 FT, 30 Rebounds (Jones 7), 17 Fouls, 12 Assists (Randall 7), 8 Turnovers, 1 Blocked shot (Bourn), 2 Steals (Randall 2).
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at email@example.com