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Emmel for 3: Senior guard's seven triples lifts UJ over Comets

University of Jamestown's Paige Emmel (with ball) made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points during the Jimmies' conference road win Saturday at Mayville State. John M. Steiner / The Sun

University of Jamestown senior guard Paige Emmel had herself a game Saturday at 16th-ranked Mayville State University.

Emmel connected for seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points to help lift eighth-ranked Jamestown to a 75-62 victory over the Comets. Emmel's seven treys was one shy of tying the school's single-game record.

The Jimmies (11-2) moved to 2-0 in North Star Athletic Association play with the win.

"That's what she can bring to the table," Jimmie women's head basketball coach Greg Ulland said of his senior guard from Bismarck. "She's playing at a really high level right now and is knocking down some shots."

The battle of ranked teams began rather dubious when Mayville State starting guard Joelle Ertl exited the game due to injury 4 minutes into the first quarter and would not return. The Jimmies battled to a 24-20 lead after the first period and 40-35 at the half.

Jimmie senior guards Bryn Woodside and McKayla Orr complemented Emmel's performance. Woodside scored 19 points, dished out five assists and notched three steals, while Orr finished with seven points and three assists.

The Jimmies dominated the glass, outrebounding the Comets 48-28. Junior posts Jenna Doyle (10) and Marina Nowak (8) combined for 18 rebounds, while Emmel corralled seven more.

Jamestown led 52-41 to start the final period after allowing the Comets just six points in the third.

"All the seniors I thought played well," Ulland said. "The fourth quarter they had today was the best one they've all played in awhile, and Paige's career high was just icing on the cake."

The Jimmies opened NSAA play with a 101-54 victory over Dakota State in Madison, S.D. on Friday, which made for a quick turnaround for Saturday's 3 p.m. start in Mayville. The Jimmies have won seven straight games since falling in overtime to second-ranked Concordia University (Neb.) on Nov. 11 at Newman Arena.

The Jimmies return home this Friday and Saturday to host Waldorf University and Viterbo University.

"You look back at that Concordia game and we're doing a lot of things better now than what we were doing then," Ulland said. "We took a couple steps forward today and now it's on to the next challenge.

"We still have a long ways to go and roles to finalize but the kids are getting a lot better."

Jimmie men drop another

The 18th-ranked Jimmie men's basketball team struggled to connect from the outside for a second game in a row.

Jamestown was held under 40-percent shooting (25 of 67) and misfired on 19 of 26 attempts from beyond 3-point range in an 80-66 loss at Mayville State. The Jimmies lost at Dakota State 69-61 on Friday after missing 20 treys, and in a blink of an eye Jamestown (9-4) has fallen to 0-2 in NSAA play.

The Jimmies trailed the Comets 38-36 at the half and a 9-0 run gave the winning team a 71-54 advantage with 5 minutes, 14 seconds left to play. Gorg Alhag led four Comets in double-digit scoring with three triples and 23 points.

The Jimmies' 6-foot-6 Leighton Sampson was limited to nine points, converting 4 of 10 from the field. Kevin Oberweiser (15) and Jon Purintun (12) combined for 27 of the Jimmies 66.


(8) Jamestown 75, (16) Mayville State 62

UJ 24 40 52 75

MS 20 35 41 62

UJ—Paige Emmel 27, Bryn Woodside 19, Marina Nowak 8, McKayla Orr 7, Allison Jablonsky 6, Jenna Doyle 4, Jory Mullen 2, Emma Stoehr 2. Totals: 25-60 FG, 14-14 FT, 11-29 3-pointers (Emmel 7, Jablonsky 2, Woodside, Orr), 48 Rebounds (Doyle 10), 6 Blocks (Doyle 4), 6 Steals (Woodside 3), 15 Assists (Woodside 5), 24 Fouls, 18 Turnovers.

MS—Andi Gayner 19, Kylee Heurung 11, Sydney Gangle 9, Naomi Torgerson 9, Karleigh Weber 6, Andrea Skillingstand 5, Cyan Hale 2, Claire Blascziek 1. Totals: 17-50 FG, 21-32 FT, 7-21 3-pointers (Gangle 2, Weber 2, Gayner, Heurung 1), 38 Rebounds (Gayner 5, Torgerson 5), 3 Blocks (Torgerson 2), 12 Steals (Blascziek 5), 10 Assists (Blascziek 3), 14 Fouls, 14 Turnovers.

Records: Jamestown 11-2, 2-0 NSAA. Mayville State 8-2, 1-1 NSAA.


Mayville State 80, (18) Jamestown 66

UJ 36 30 -- 66

MS 38 42 -- 80

UJ—Kevin Oberweiser 15, Jon Purintun 13, Leighton Sampson 9, Ben Weisbeck 7, Jack Talley 7, Brady Birch 6, Jace Allard 3, Christian Kvilvang 2, Colton Lund 1. Totals: 25-67 FG, 9-18 FT, 7-26 3-pointers (Oberweiser 4, Talley, Allard), 36 Rebounds (Purintun 5), 3 Blocks, 3 Steals, 6 Assists, 19 Fouls, 8 Turnovers.

MS—Gorg Alhag 23, Daniel Lindgren 13, Garek Droog 11, Cameron Eps 10, Michael Slaba 7, Eric Staebler 7, Daymarcco Green 4, Creighton Pfau 3, Konrad Bueckers 2. Totals: 28-55 FG, 19-24 FT, 5-13 3-pointers (Alhag 3, Epps, Pfau), 41 Rebounds (Staebler 10), 2 Blocks, 11 Assists (Green 3), 21 Fouls, 12 Turnovers.

Records: Mayville State 6-2, 2-0 NSAA. Jamestown 9-4, 0-2 NSAA.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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