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Jimmies top Wolves at nationals

University of Jamestown's Marina Nowak (25) sets a pick for Emma Stoehr (12) during Wednesday's NAIA D-II women's national tournament game against Cardinal Stritch (Wisc.) in Sioux City, Iowa. Sean Johnson / For The Sun1 / 3
University of Jamestown senior point guard Bryn Woodside directs the offense Wednesday for the Jimmies in Sioux City, Iowa. Sean Johnson / For The Sun2 / 3
University of Jamestown senior wing Paige Emmel defends against Cardinal Stritch (Wisc.) Wednesday in Sioux City, Iowa. Sean Johnson / For The Sun3 / 3

Defensively, the Jimmie women's basketball team can make up for a multitude of sins.

University of Jamestown did it again Wednesday, March 7, to open the NAIA Division II national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.

"I love the kids' defensive effort," said Jimmie head coach Greg Ulland, "even though we shot like garbage from the 3-point line."

The Jimmies made good on just 4 of 23 from long range, but controlled Cardinal Stritch University (Wisc.) over the full 40 minutes at the Tyson Events Center. Jamestown rolled to a program-best 30th victory with a 65-51 win over the Wolves.

The eighth-ranked Jimmies (30-4) play ninth-ranked Indiana Tech (30-3) in the round of 16 this Friday at 8:30 a.m.

"This is the most prepared for a game we've been all year," Ulland said. "I thought our kids were really locked in and didn't give them anything easy."

The Jimmies shut down the Wolves' 5-foot-11 junior forward Kelli Schrauth for 10 points, as she entered the contest averaging nearly a double-double of over 19 points and nine boards. Jamestown did just as well on Stritch's standout senior point guard Maranda Huibregtse, stifling the honorable mention All-American for just three points and three assists.

The Jimmies took command early, leading 22-11 to start the second quarter after limiting the Wolves to just 4 of 14 from the floor in the first 10 minutes. An 8-0 run by the orange and black in the second contributed to a 32-22 Jimmie lead at the break.

Senior point guard Bryn Woodside dished out a pair of assists and played 18 minutes after checking into the game early in the first quarter. McKayla Orr posted 15 points and nine rebounds for the Jimmies, while Paige Emmel hit a pair of treys early in the third to help Jamestown push its advantage to as many as 18 points after the break.

"I liked McKayla's play today, and Paige hit a couple big 3s in the second half," Ulland said. "It was good to see Bryn out there. She was a calming factor for us that maybe we missed in that last game we played."

Cardinal Stritch's Kara Shimko and Marai Wiltzius both connected for 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, helping the Wolves slash the deficit to 57-49 with 4 minutes, 38 seconds left to play. But back-to-back 3-point plays by Orr and junior forward Marina Nowak followed, dashing any chance at an upset.

Nowak ended with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Junior center Jenna Doyle turned in eight points and five blocked shots.

The Indiana Tech Warriors, Friday's opponent, topped 23rd-ranked Bryan (Tenn.) 76-60 in the tournament's opening game Wednesday morning.

"They're long and athletic," Ulland said. "It's a matchup nightmare, but with every game that we play here everybody is going to be tough.

"We're just happy to win this one and be able to start focusing on the next one."

(8) Jamestown 65, (RV) Cardinal Stritch 51

Cardinal Stritch 11 22 34 51

Jamestown 22 32 49 65

Stritch—Layne Buzan 11, Kelli Schrauth 10, Alicia Gutierrez 8, Jalah Harris 6, Maria Wiltzius 5, Maranda Huibregtse 3, Brittany Kaltenberg 3, Kara Shimko 3, Nicole Marquardt 2. Totals: 21-63 FG, 3-4 FT, 6-20 3-pointers (Gutierrez 2, Buzan, Wiltzius, Kaltenberg, Shimko), 33 Rebounds (Schrauth 9), 5 Steals (Schrauth 2), 12 Assists (Huibregtse 3), 12 Fouls, 12 Turnovers.

Jamestown—McKayla Orr 15, Marina Nowak 12, Paige Emmel 11, Jenna Doyle 8, Emma Stoehr 8, Jory Mullen 5, Allison Jablonsky 4, Mackenzie Sparby 2. Totals: 28-61 FG, 5-8 FT, 4-23 3-pointers (Emmel 3, Mullen), 43 Rebounds (Nowak 10, Orr 9), 6 Blocks (Doyle 5), 6 Steals (Orr 3), 11 Assists (Orr 3), 9 Fouls, 11 Turnovers.

Records: Jamestown 30-4. Cardinal Stritch 19-11.

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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