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Mustangs defeat Jimmie women in Iowa

University of Jamestown women's basketball found a rhythm offensively in the fourth quarter Saturday, Dec. 8, in Sioux City, Iowa. But it was too little, too late facing eighth-ranked Morningside College.

A pair of 3-pointers by the Jimmies' Paige Schmidt, and a third converted by Emma Stoehr, helped slash an 18-point Mustangs' lead at the end of three periods to a final score of 69-60 in favor of the Mustangs. The 20th-ranked Jimmies got to as close as eight points in the final minute.

Stoehr was 0 of 8 from 3-point range prior to her fourth-quarter make. The Jimmies also played the second half without 6-foot-3 senior center Jenna Doyle.

Doyle, who sat out the final two frames due to an ankle injury to her right foot, hit a pair of free throws and grabbed six rebounds in the first half. Doyle injured her foot in the first quarter of last Wednesday’s 73-71 loss to fifth-ranked Northwestern College (Iowa) at Harold Newman Arena.

Freshman wing Noelle Josephson led the Jimmies with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Mustangs were paced by Sydney Hupp with 15 points and Sierra Mitchell scoring 14.

It was the sixth loss in a row for the Jimmies (5-7, 2-6 GPAC), five of which have came at the hands of teams ranked inside the nation's top 15. Jamestown is at Presentation College on Monday, Dec. 10.

University of Jamestown women's basketball has appeared in 82 consecutive NAIA top 25 coaches' polls, including preseason and postseason polls, dating back to Nov. 28, 2011. The latest poll will be released on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Women

(8) Morningside 69, (20) Jamestown 60

UJ 13 15 11 21 -- 60

MC 20 21 16 12 -- 69

UJ -- Noelle Josephson 16, Paige Schmidt 13, Jory Mullen 11, Mya Buffetta 6, Emma Stoehr 3, Lissy McCulloch 3, Jenna Doyle 2, Grace Benz 2, Olivia Anderson 2, Mackensi Higlin 1, Courtney Mosloski 1. Totals: 21-60 FG, 9-31 3-pointers (Schmidt 3, Josephson 2, Buffetta 2, McCulloch, Stoehr), 9-13 FT, 42 Rebounds (Josephson 12), 8 Steals, 3 Blocks, 10 Assists, 19 Turnovers.

MC -- Sydney Hupp 15, Sierra Mitchell 14, Skyler Snider 9, Taylor Rodenburgh 8, Jordyn Moser 7, Tayte Hansen 5, Kailey Burke 4, Grace Meyer 3, Mady Maly 2, Alexandra Gill 2. 27-59 FG, 7-21 3-pointers (Rodenburgh 2, Mitchell 2, Moser, Hansen, Meyer), 8-11 FT, 32 Rebounds (Rodenburgh 8), 9 Steals, 2 Blocks, 16 Assists, 13 Turnovers.

Records: Morningside 8-3, 6-3 GPAC. Jamestown 5-7, 2-6 GPAC.

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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