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Jimmies roll in opener at nationals

Kyra Dewald brings the ball up the floor as Roosevelt’s Maria Tamburrino chases on the play during Thursday’s game at the Tyson Events Center.1 / 2
Photos by Top: Jordan Bridges (right) and Jessica Buck (left) of the University of Jamestown defend Kiara Towles of Roosevelt University (Ill.) during Thursday’s opening-round game at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City Iowa. (Andrew Gideon For The Sun)2 / 2

It was effectively over early Thursday in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Jimmies, one of four No. 1 seeds in the 32-team NAIA national tournament, jumped on Roosevelt University (Ill.) by scoring 15 of the first 16 points of the game and cruised from there to their school-record tying 27th win of the season, 80-50 at the Tyson Events Center.

It’s the third straight season the Jimmies have won 27 games and also the third in a row they’ve advanced to the Sweet 16. They’ve never reached the Elite 8 and standing in the way today at 5:15 is Cardinal Stritch, Wis., which hammered Briar Cliff, Iowa, 74-48 in the 4-5 game in Jamestown’s pod.

“It was a really solid effort by our kids, really, right from the start,” coach Greg Ulland said. “You look up and it’s 15-1, especially with Hannah (Steele) on the bench and you have to feel pretty good.

“The girls were ready to go right away. They were locked in. It was a nice way to get started.”

The Jimmies’ early run came with Steele sitting after the two-time All-American point guard was flagged for two early fouls.

It didn’t matter much as Carly Jensen splashed in a pair of early 3-pointers and the Jimmies led by double figures just 4 minutes into the game.

The Lakers couldn’t throw it in, well, a lake, as the Jimmies tightened the screws defensively from start to finish.

“We were extremely solid defensively. We were getting to the spot. We were pretty smart, we weren’t fouling a lot,” Ulland said. “We made it hard for them. We made them earn what they got.”

The Jimmies held the Lakers to 23 first-half points and were never threatened at any point in the second half as they were better themselves offensively over the final 20 minutes with 43 points.

Megan Pold led the Jimmies with 12 points. Jessica Buck had 10 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Jensen was in double figures with 10 points and Maggie Seter had a team-best five assists.

“We got a lot of contributions from a lot of people,” Ulland said. “Buck was solid. I thought Megan had a nice game. Maggie came in when Hannah had the fouls and did a good job.

“We got everybody out there and it seemed like they were all chipping in and helping the cause.”

Cardinal Stritch plays in the same Chicagoland conference as Roosevelt and those two teams split during the regular season. Stritch buried St. Ambrose, Iowa with a strong second half Thursday night. The Jimmies had beat St. Ambrose way back in December 80-75.

“(Cardinal Stritch) made a lot of shots and were really solid defensively,” said Ulland after watching today’s opponent. “They’re a scrappy, solid team. We’re going to have our hands full, no question about it.”

It was a good day for the North Star Athletic Association.

Mayville State scored 55 second-half points to rally past Cornerstone, Mich., 86-82 Thursday morning.

The 25-3 Comets got 26 points and 17 rebounds from Marcisa McMillan. Sam Heier added nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

The Comets face College of Ozarks, Mo., today at noon. Ozarks took out second-seeded Saint Xavier, Ill., with authority Thursday, 68-43.

A complete list of scores and the upcoming schedule can be found on page in the scoreboard.

NAIA National Tournament

At Sioux City, Iowa

First round

University of Jamestown 80, Roosevelt, Ill. 59

Jamestown 37 43 — 80

Roosevelt 23 36 — 59

Jamestown — Jordan Bridges 4, Megan Pold 12, Kyra Dewald 6, Hannah Steele 6, Morgan Mathison 5, Kaeli Kraska 3, Carly Jensen 10, Kadie Savage 4, Maggie Seter 6, Chelsey Frydenlund 4, Jessica Buck 10, Arei Stokes 6, Alexis Watts 4. Totals: 26-64 FG, Three-pointers: 6-22 (Jensen 2, Steele, Mathison, Kraska, Seter), 22-28 FT, 52 Rebounds (Buck 10, Bridges 9, Pold 9), 24 Fouls, 13 Assists (Seter 5), 13 Turnovers, 7 Blocked shots (Pold 2, Buck 2), 5 Steals (Buck 3).

Roosevelt — Maria Tamburrino 4, Erica Jordan 2, Tori Clark 8, Casey Davis 15, Erin McCaslin 9, Corinne Busby 1, Jennie Van Hook 2, Kiara Towles 14, Sara Beck 4. Totals: 18-61 FG, Three-pointers: 4-11 (McCaslin 3, Clark), 19-33 FT, 44 Rebounds (Tamburrino 10), 24 Fouls (Busby 5), 9 Assists (Van Hook 3), 2 Blocked shots (Clark, Van Hook), 8 Steals (Tamburrino 2, Clark 2, Davis 2).

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

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