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Jimmie women win this top 10 showdown

Last Friday, the Jimmie women came up short in a top 10 showdown in their home gym.

Friday night on the road was a different story.

The 10th-ranked Jimmies led by as many as 16 points against No. 5 Concordia (Neb.) and held on for a 77-74 win at Walz Arena in Seward, Neb.

The Jimmies lost at home Nov. 1 against seventh-ranked Northwestern (Iowa), but more than made up for it against the Bulldogs, who suffered their first loss in four games.

“It’s a big win for the team, a big win for the program, but even more than that was the fact that we made a lot of improvements from last week and the things we worked on in practice we carried over to the game,” coach Greg Ulland said.

The Jimmies led by 16 midway through the second half (63-47), but as expected Concordia made a run.

But even with All-American point guard Hannah Steele on the bench, she fouled out with 2:30 to go, the Jimmies found a way to finish.

“We’ve really been stressing that every little play counts. Whether you’re on the floor for two plays or 30 plays, you really have to be tuned in and focused,” Ulland said. “Not that we played perfect, because we didn’t, but overall it was a solid effort.”

The Jimmies trailed by 11 in the first half, but closed strong and led 42-39 at halftime. Both teams scored 35 second-half points.

Jordan Bridges and Steele each had 19 points for the Jimmies. Bridges went 8-for-10, had six rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.

“Jordan had a great night,” Ulland said.

Megan Pold had 13 rebounds and eight points, while Maggie Seter had six points and four assists off the bench.

The Jimmies (5-1) look to finish off a sweep today, facing Doane at noon.

“After a win like this we don’t want to come out and lay an egg, and I think our girls understand that,” Ulland said. “We want to build on this and come out and play another good game (today).”

OWU 89, Jamestown 85

The Jimmie men continued to score a lot, but give up a lot too.

Averaging in the mid-90s, the Jimmies approached that number again, but still dropped their third straight game.

It was their second loss to a ranked team as No. 13 Oklahoma Wesleyan prevailed 89-85.

The Jimmies (2-3) led by eight in the first half, but the game was close throughout with 12 ties and 12 lead changes.

The Jimmies shot 40 percent to OWU’s 56 percent. Both teams made 26 free throws.

Mark Hoge had 28 points and four assists to lead the Jimmies. Brequan Tucker followed with 14 points. DeVonte Smith missed a double-double by one rebound with 11 points and nine boards. Breshion Tucker and Beny Collins also scored 11 points. Collins pulled down five rebounds.

The Jimmies committed just seven turnovers.

 The Jimmies have another tough game today, taking on Culver-Stockton (Mo.), ranked No. 18 in NAIA Division I.

At Seward, Neb.


University of Jamestown 77, Concordia 74

Jamestown 42 35 — 77

Concordia 39 35 — 74

Jamestown — Jordan Bridges 19, Megan Pold 8, Hannah Steele 19, Carly Jensen 4, Morgan Mathison 3, Kyra Dewald 3, Kadie Savage 2, Maggie Seter 6, Chelsey Frydenlund 4, Jessica Buck 7, Alexis Watts 2. Totals: 27-60 FG, Three-pointers: 10-27 (Steele 4, Bridges 2, Seter 2, Dewald, Mathison), 46 Rebounds (Pold 13), 25 Fouls (Steele 5), 18 Assists (Seter 4, Jensen 4), 19 Turnovers, 4 Blocked shots (Bridges 2), 1 Steal (Dewald 1).

Concordia — Becky Mueller 2, Jericca Pearson 13, Bailey Morris 17, Tracy Peitz 18, Kelsey Hizer 10, Kristen Conahan 10, Alayna Daberkow 4. Totals: 25-67 FG, Three-pointers: 2-13 (Conahan 2), 22-32 FT, 37 Rebounds (Pearson 15), 19 Fouls, 10 Assists (Morris 4), 13 Turnovers, 3 Blocked shots (Pearson 3), 15 Steals (Pearson 3).


Oklahoma Wesleyan University 89,                               University of Jamestown 85

Jamestown 39 46 — 85

OWU 40 49 — 89

Jamestown — Matt Wingo 2, Brequan Tucker 14, Breshion Tucker 11, Mark Hoge 28, Taylor Newton 3, Jesse Behm 6, DeVonte Smith 11, Beny Collins 11. Totals: 26-65 FG, Three-pointers: 7-25 (Smith 3, Hoge 3, Tucker), 26-38 FT, 38 Rebounds (Smith 9), 28 Fouls, 9 Assists (Hoge 4), 7 Turnovers, 2 Blocked shots (Wingo, Dan Janu), 10 Steals (Hoge 4).

Oklahoma Wesleyan — Phillip Jahn 11, Steven Cooks 12, Devin Harris 25, Josh Young 12, Tyler Woods 19, Thaddeus Greene 7, Todd Christensen 3. Totals: 29-52 FG, Three-pointers: 5-15 (Cooks 3, Woods 2), 26-39 FT, 41 Rebounds (Cooks 8), 24 Fouls, 11 Assists (Harris 6), 14 Turnovers, 1 Blocked shot (Woods), 2 Steals (3 with 1).

Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701)                            952-8460 or by e-mail at

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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