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University of Jamestown's Bryn Woodside makes her way down the court Friday between Manitoba's Montana Kinzel (1) and Tianna Mighty at the Newman Arena. Following behind is Jamestown's Jory Mullen. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Bryn Woodside limped to the sideline a minute into the second period Friday night at Harold Newman Arena.

Just one quarter into the new season and hosting University of Manitoba, University of Jamestown fans were holding their collective breath.

“I had the worst dead leg,” Woodside laughed. “(Manitoba’s) big was setting a screen and I just got a knee right to my quad.

“Ice and stretch. It’ll be fine.”

The Jimmies ran away from the Bisons, winning the first basketball game held at the new $16 million Newman Arena 84-60. Jamestown led 45-28 at the half and Woodside buried a 3-pointer and went 4-for-4 at the foul line in the third to make sure the Bisons weren’t coming back.

Woodside scored 13 and dished out five assists, while senior guard Paige Emmel sank four treys and led the Jimmies in scoring with 14 points.

“We’ve been looking forward to tonight all summer,” Emmel said on breaking in Jamestown’s newest sports venue. “I think first-game jitters were kind of expected, but I thought we executed pretty well.”

Newman Arena and the Jimmies, however, will have a few bugs to iron out moving forward. The game buzzer unexpectedly interrupted play with 5 minutes left to play and the Jimmies finished shooting a cool 32 percent from the field.

“We just missed way too many bunnies,” Jamestown women’s basketball coach Greg Ulland said. “(Shooting) 21 percent in the second half, that’s unacceptable. But our kids battled and played hard the whole time. I can’t get after them about effort.”

The Jimmies forced the Bisons (0-7 preseason) into 29 turnovers. Sophomore guard Taylor Randall paced the Bisons with 16 points and four assists.

“We put in a new offense too, so you’ve got a new building and a new offense and I’m not good with change,” Ulland said. “The kids are trying to adapt as much as possible, and I think once we start figuring it out it’s going to be pretty effective for us.

“It’s still so early. It’s just nice to get out and play in the new facility and play somebody else other than ourselves.”

Marina Nowak came off the bench and led the Jimmies in rebounding with seven. The junior forward also sank 10 points, as five Jimmies hit double digits in scoring.

“It was just a fun atmosphere all around,” Woodside said. “It was really cool to have the fans close to us.”

The Jimmies and the Bisons play again today at noon.

“We’re going to recover tonight and come back ready to go,” Emmel said.

Jamestown 84, Manitoba 60Bisons 16 28 45 60Jimmies 23 45 68 84Jamestown -- Paige Emmel 14, Bryn Woodside 13, Jory Mullen 11, Allison Jablonsky 11, Marina Nowak 10, Mercedes Baumgartner 5, Mackenzie Sparby 5, Lissy McCulloch 4, McKayla Orr 3, Paige Schmidt 3, Emma Stoehr 2, Jenna Doyle 2, Mackensi Higlin 1. Totals: 26-82 FG, 23-34 FT, 3-pointers 9-26 (Emmel 4, Woodside 2, Jablonsky 1, Schmidt 1, Baumgartner 1), 51 Rebounds (Sparby 8), 15 Fouls, 12 Assists (Woodside 5), 13 Turnovers, 11 Steals (Jablonsky 4).Manitoba -- Taylor Randall 16, Montana Kinzel 11, Bettina Shyllon 7, Keziah Brothers 6, Brittanie Parisien 6, Tianna Mighty 4, Claire Harvey 4, Dana Inglis 3, Deidre Bartlett 3. Totals: 24-52 FG, 8-15 FT, 4-10 3-pointers (Parisien 2, Bartlett 1, Randall 1), 41 Rebounds (Harvey 6, Shyllon 6), 25 Fouls, 10 Assists (Randall 4), 29 Turnovers, 10 Blocks (Harvey 4), 5 Steals (Mighty 2).Records: Jamestown 1-0, Manitoba 0-7.