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No. 6 Jimmies show 'no mercy'

University of Jamestown's Bryn Woodside (3) blocks the arm of Mayville State's Joelle Ertl Saturday during women's basketbal action at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 3
University of Jamestown's Mya Buffetta (1) moves the ball while under pressure from Mayville State's Joelle Ertl Saturday at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 3
University of Jamestown's Mercedes Baumgartner (33) passes the ball past Mayville State's Cyan Hale Saturday during women's basketbal action at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun3 / 3

University of Jamestown women's basketball proved once again what defending the entire court for 40 minutes can look like on the scoreboard.

The sixth-ranked Jimmies held 25th-ranked Mayville State University without a field goal for 13 minutes, 41 seconds Saturday in a lopsided 95-54 Jimmie victory at Harold Newman Arena.

From 2:33 remaining in the first quarter, to 8:52 left to play in the third, all Jamestown coughed up to the Comets were two Kylee Heurung second-quarter free throws.

"That was unbelievable defense on our part," said Jamestown senior point guard Bryn Woodside, who finished with 14 points, six assists and zero turnovers. "I think we were just preparing for that all week and we shut them down.

"No mercy, ever. No matter who it is."

The Jimmies, who stayed undefeated in North Star Athletic Association play at 13-0, came out hot. Senior guard McKayla Orr nailed three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the first half, helping the Jimmies to a 42-19 lead at the break and 52-percent shooting overall.

But the Jimmie 'D' took center stage all afternoon. By the end, the Comets had been forced into 25 turnovers and limited to just 13 of 42 from the field for 31 percent.

Orr and Allison Jablonsky hit back-to-back treys to start the second period—a quarter won by the Jimmies 17-2—and the beginning of the end was underway. Jamestown also beat Mayville State 75-62 back on Dec. 2.

"The second quarter was one of the better quarters defensively that we've played," Jimmie women's basketball coach Greg Ulland said. "We were just flying around and making sure that we were taking away their strengths.

"The offensive stuff, you just never know what you're gonna get. But on the defensive end we have to be in sync in everything that we're doing, and our kids were all on the same page the whole time and I was very happy with that effort."

Woodside and senior guard Paige Emmel matched Orr, each connecting for three triples in the game. Orr ended with a team-high 15 points and three steals.

Senior forward Andi Gayner (16 points) and sophomore guard Naomi Torgerson (15) combined to score 31 of Mayville State's 54 markers.

The only knock on the Jimmies' performance came at the free-throw line. Jamestown misfired on six of its first 10 attempts at the line and made just 14 of 25 freebies in the game.

"It's a huge problem and we gotta make sure we're doing a better job of taking care of that," Ulland said. "It's supposedly the easiest shot in a basketball game, and sometimes I think we make it too difficult on ourselves and start thinking too much."

Jamestown has made good on just 69 percent of its free throws this season.

"Even if we're ahead by 15, 20 we still have to be mentally locked in," added Woodside, who went 1 of 4 at the line. "Maybe we need to start pressure-shooting them at practice? I'm not sure, but it seems to be a common occurrence."

The Jimmies host Bellevue (Neb.) and 17th-ranked Valley City State this Friday and Saturday. Jamestown holds a game-and a-half edge over the Vikings for the top spot in the NSAA standings with three games to play.

"The kids were locked in from the get-go," Ulland said. "That was really good to see them be able to do what they did on the defensive end, because this group has a chance to do some nice things."

(6) Jamestown 95, (25) Mayville State 54

Mayville St. 17 19 40 54

Jamestown 25 42 65 95

Mayville St.—Andi Gayner 16, Naomi Torgerson 15, Andrea Skillingstand 5, Cyan Hale 7, Claire Blascziek 4, Karleigh Weber 3, Joelle Ertl 2, Taylor Shamp 2. Totals: 13-42 FG, 23-29 FT, 5-17 3-pointers (Heurung, Hale, Torgerson, Blascziek, Weber), 30 Rebounds (Ertl 5), 21 Fouls, 4 Assists, 25 Turnovers, 6 Steals (Ertl 4).

Jamestown—McKayla Orr 15, Bryn Woodside 14, Jory Mullen 12, Paige Emmel 10, Courtney Mosloski 10, Jenna Doyle 9, Allison Jablonsky 6, Marina Nowak 6, Mackensi Higlin 4, Paige Schmidt 3, Mercedes Baumgartner 3, Mackenzie Sparby 2, Emma Stoehr 1. Totals: 34-65 FG, 14-25 FT, 13-26 3-pointers (Woodside 3, Orr 3, Emmel 3, Jablonsky 2, Schmidt, Baumgartner), 36 Rebounds (Nowak 5), 23 Fouls, 23 Assists (Woodside 6), 8 Turnovers, 4 Blocks (Sparby 3), 10 Steals (Orr 3).

Records: Jamestown 24-3, 13-0 NSAA. Mayville State 16-7, 7-5.

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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