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Concordia brings the heat for 40 minutes. The pressure never cooked the University of Jamestown women’s basketball team, but a shaky first half proved too much to overcome for the Jimmies. The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs held off the Jimmies 74-59 in quarterfinal action of the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa on Saturday. It was the second Elite 8 appearance in the last three years for the Jimmies, who finished the season with a banner 27-6 record.
For the second time in three years, the Jimmies are in rarified air. Today's national tournament quarterfinal game at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa, pits the No. 10 team (Jamestown) against No. 2-ranked Concordia, Neb. Starting in 2018, the two will be conference-mates in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. But first things first, today's winner gets a spot in the Final 4. After Friday's 80-67 win over No. 6-ranked Davenport (Mich.), nobody is satisfied.
Facing a forest of trees, Taylor Hammer had to take it up a notch. The University of Jamestown senior turned in one of the great performances in school history on Friday morning. Hammer poured in 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Jimmies rolled past the long, lanky and No. 6-ranked Davenport Panthers and into the Elite 8 at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. "Standing next to each other, (Alexis) Watts and I looked pretty undersized," Hammer said. "I told Watts, 'We gotta get in there. We gotta go beast mode.'" And beast mode she went.
For the second time in three years, the University of Jamestown women's basketball team is in the Elite 8 at nationals. The 11th-ranked Jimmies rolled past No. 6-ranked Davenport (Mich.) 80-67 in the Sweet 16 on Friday morning at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Taylor Hammer had a monster game. The senior from Grand Forks poured in 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. McKayla Orr, a JHS grad, added 16 points. The Jimmies (27-5) outscored Davenport (31-4) 52-37 in the second half.
Down to just 16 teams, the Jimmies face a tall task, literally and figuratively this morning at the NAIA national basketball tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. In No. 6-ranked Davenport University (Mich.), the University of Jamestown women's basketball team will be facing a team with six players 5-10 or better, including three 6-footers.
Buffalo Lanes in Jamestown will be a bowling hot spot in the state for the next few weekends. The North Dakota Women's Bowling Association state tournament kicks off on Saturday at 1 p.m. with the opening ceremony. The tournament runs two weekends in March (11-12, 25-26) and two more in April (1-2, 8-9). The tournament draws an estimated 140, 4-person teams.
There were no first-round frustrations at nationals this year for the Jimmies. The University of Jamestown women's basketball team routed 23rd-ranked Oregon Tech 87-63 in Sioux City, Iowa in opening-round play of the NAIA national tournament on Wednesday. Up next for the Jimmies is No. 6 Davenport, Mich., on Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the Sweet 16. There was a hint of payback for the 11th-ranked Jimmies, who were upset by Oregon Tech (24-9) in the first round last year.
Southern Oregon, ranked 12th in the NAIA, defeated Dickinson State 80-71 in the final game of the opening round of the NAIA national basketball tournament in Sioux City, Iowa on Wednesday night. Ashley Bentz-Laub poured in 28 points in a losing effort for the Blue Hawks. Lorna Shepherd added 25 points. Megan Klein pulled down 18 rebounds as the 21st-ranked Blue Hawks ended the season with a record of 23-8. Jamestown won its first-round game on Wednesday, beating Oregon Tech 87-63. The Jimmies play No. 6 Davenport, Mich. at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.