Jimmies Cruise: Ulland says still plenty of work to do
The eighth-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketball team held a 22-point lead in the
third quarter against Concordia College on Tuesday night at Harold Newman Arena.
Still, UJ coach Greg Ulland was anything but pleased. The Jimmies triumphed 75-64, but had
their fair share of struggles.
"Tonight's performance was below par," Ulland said. "We had an opportunity to play in front of a
great crowd, and we were below par. That's just not acceptable. We've got to figure things out
and find some energy, because tonight was not Jimmie basketball at all."
Bryn Woodside and McKayla Orr each tallied 15 points, and Allison Jablonsky added 10 as UJ
improved to 9-2. The Jimmies used a 16-4 run in the third quarter to pick up a double-digit lead
they never relinquished.
"We had a lack of focus in the first half," said Woodside, whose team led 36-27 after a first half
that included numerous missed layups. "It might have gotten in our heads that, 'Oh dang it, we
miss one, and we miss another.' We've got to move on. We came out and focused, and
everything got better."
The big run in the third quarter featured seven points from Jablonsky, who was 5 of 11 with a
pair of 3-pointers. The first one jumpstarted the run.
"Coach says if I'm open, shoot it," Jablonsky said. "My role is coming off the bench and giving
the team a spark."
Said Ulland: "It's huge for us, and that's what we expect out of her. We get in a close game, and
we can bring another weapon off the bench. It's a spark we need."
Ulland also credited Woodside, who scored UJ's first seven points in the fourth quarter. It ended
up being important as the Jimmies were held to two points over the final 5 minutes, 41 seconds.
"Bryn went alpha dog and kind of took over," Ulland said. "She's got the ability to take over
games, and she gave us separation."
Concordia's Grace Wolhowe led three players in double figures with 14 points. Lincoln Hairy
and Kirstin Simmons each added 10.
The Jimmies start conference play this weekend at Dakota State on Friday and at Mayville State
University of Jamestown 75, Concordia College (Minn.) 64
CC 10 27 45 64
UJ 13 36 63 75
CC: Grace Wolhowe 14, Lincoln Haiby 10, Kirstin Simmons 10, Mira Ellefson 8, Cassidy
Rahman 8, Jamie Mentzer 6, Rachel Hoernemann 4, Aleya Parker 2, Elizabeth Birkemeyer 2.
Totals 20-43 20-29 64.
UJ: Bryn Woodside 15, McKayla Orr 15, Allison Jablonsky 12, Paige Emmel 8, Courtney
Mosloski 7, Jory Mullen 4, Jenna Doyle 4, Mya Buffetta 3, Emma Stoehr 3, Marina Nowak 2,
Mercedes Baumgartner 2. Totals 26-67 17-21 75.
3-pointers: CC 4-13 (Haiby, Mentzer, Rahman, Wolhowe), UJ 6-26 (Emmel 2, Jablonsky 2, Orr,
Buffetta). Rebounds: CC 33 (Wolhowe 7), UJ 35 (Doyle 5). Assists: CC 6 (Wolhowe 2, Mentzer
2), UJ 10 (Doyle 4). Fouls: CC 22, UJ 25. Fouled out: UJ, Doyle, Orr, Jablonsky. Turnovers: CC
25, UJ 14.
Records: CC 2-2, UJ 9-2.