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Jimmies ink nine players

Nine players have signed with the University of Jamestown women’s basketball team, including seven players from North Dakota along with former NDSU star Ben Woodside’s sister.

The Jimmies have won 27 games three straight seasons, and have to replace three-time All-American point guard Hannah Steele, 1,000-plus point scorer Carly Jensen and Morgan Mathison, a two-year starter.

“We are very excited to add such a great group of young ladies to the program. Not only do they possess the basketball ability to perform at a high level, they are exceptional people off the floor,” Ulland said. “We look forward to working with the group this fall in their pursuit of their academic and athletic goals.”

Kalli Scherbenske of South Border, who averaged 15.6 points and 5.1 assists, is joining the Jimmies.

“Kalli has great court vision and is a great passer,” Ulland said. “She did everything: score, assist, rebound and steal. She is a complete player and plays with toughness.”

She is the daughter of Mark and Jill Scherbenske.

Alex and Amber Umber hail from Pollock, S.D., but they played for the Linton-HMB Lions. Amber averaged 8.8 points per game and Alex seven.

“They work extremely hard and can play multiple positions around the perimeter and inside.”

They are the daughters of Larry and Julie Umber.

Two Williston natives are among the group.

Shelby Njos, the daughter of Dan and Tracey Njos, averaged 13.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game for the Coyotes.

“Shelby can score many different ways,” Ulland said. “We love her toughness and motor, constantly playing at a high speed. She is versatile and look for her to play multiple positions.”

Sarah Telehey of Williston Trinity Christian averaged 19.5 pints, 6.1 rebounds and 4.1 steals per game.

“Her work ethic makes her an excellent fit for our program. She can score in a multitude of ways,” Ulland said.

She is the daughter of Mark and Wendy Telehey.

McKenzie Kiefer will play volleyball and basketball at UJ. The Bismarck High standout averaged 12.7 points and made 38 3-pointers for the Demons.

“McKenzie is a fierce competitor, with a never-back-down attitude, both traits we enjoy in the program,”

Ulland said.

She is the daughter of Allen and Nichole Kiefer.

The class includes two Minnesotans, including high-scoring Kayla Nickles of Braham, Minn. Nickles averaged 22.4 points per game as a senior and totaled 1,768 in her career.

“Kayla is a scorer. She has tremendous range and look for her to expand the floor for us next year,” Ulland said.

She is the daughter of Dave and Pam Nickles.

Abigail Landenberger comes to the Jimmies from Underwood, N.D.

She amassed 1,244 career points, averaging 14.2 points and five rebounds for the Comets. She is the daughter of Brad and Carla Landenberger.

“Abigail’s competitive edge sets her apart, she is very smart and is another player who scored 1,000 points in her career,” Ulland said.

Bryn Woodside, from Albert Lea, Minn., rounds out the class. She averaged 19.7 points, 4.4 assists and 3.6 steals per game last season. She is the daughter of Paul and Robbi Woodside. Her brother Ben was a former star player at NDSU.

“Very high basketball IQ, who is a true leader with excellent court awareness,” Ulland said. “She plays extremely hard on both ends of the floor. Bryn possesses a nice skill set and can score many different ways. She has a knack for picking apart defenses by pass, dribble or shot.”