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Jimmies fall to No. 12 Defenders

University of Jamestown's Emma Stoehr gets some restraint from Dordt's Annie Rhinesmith on Wednesday at Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

There just isn't any time to catch a breath in Great Plains Athletic Conference women's basketball.

Following an emotional, four-overtime loss to No. 5 Dakota Wesleyan on Monday, the University of Jamestown Jimmies attempted to snap a three-game losing streak hosting No. 12 Dordt College on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Harold Newman Arena.

The Defenders, however, ran away from the Jimmies in the fourth quarter, winning 74-56. Jamestown had clawed to within 2 points in the third, but ultimately dropped a fourth game in a row with three left to play.

"We definitely had a hard game Monday, and I think we knew we had to come into this game with some extra legs and everyone working hard," said Jamestown sophomore guard Emma Stoehr. "But we just didn't have the energy that we should have—like we did against Dakota Wesleyan—and I think that really hurt us."

Jamestown went down swinging. The home team rifled off a 21-8 run to open the third quarter, slashing a 36-21 halftime deficit to just 44-42 with 4:35 remaining before the fourth. Stoehr connected for a pair of 3s, and sophomore Mackensi Higlin added a third, for the Jimmies during the run.

But Dordt stood tall from there, adding 24 fourth-quarter points to a 50-44 advantage after three. Erika Feenstra (16 points), Annie Rhinesmith (16) and Kenzie Bousema (14) led the way for the Defenders, who were able to record 16 steals and turn the Jimmies over 24 times. Jamestown, on the other hand, was not credited with having a steal in the game.

"I think they definitely outran us on offense, and we didn't get back on defense," Stoehr said. "We were focusing on getting in there, crashing, being aggressive and having a lot of energy, but it kinda backfired on us."

Higlin led the Jimmies scoring 15, with Stoehr (13) and Paige Schmidt (10) close behind. UJ's Jenna Doyle produced a game-high eight rebounds and four blocks.

The Jimmies (6-13 GPAC) remain behind Briar Cliff (7-12) and Mount Marty (7-13) for the eighth and final seed in the upcoming GPAC conference tournament. Briar Cliff lost to No. 2 Northwestern 76-41 on Wednesday, while Mount Marty fell to No. 5 Dakota Wesleyan 65-48.

Jamestown is favored to beat College of Saint Mary (1-18) in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday, but will close the regular season with games against Northwestern (Feb. 13) and No. 14 Morningside (Feb. 16). Briar Cliff closes with games against Morningside, Dordt and College of Saint Mary, while Mount Marty finishes the conference season with games against Doane and No. 1 Concordia.

"Yeah, we've had these tough games—playing hard a lot of minutes," Stoehr said. "But it's just getting after it in practice now and having a good mentality for these last few games."

(12) Dordt College 74, Jamestown 56

DC 11 12 14 24 -- 74

UJ 24 10 23 12 -- 56

DC—Erika Feenstra 16, Annie Rhinesmith 16, Kenzie Bousema 14, Jordyn VanMaanen 9, Rachel Evavold 8, Siennah Stamness 4, Baylee Tetzlaff 4, Mari Smitsdorff 2, Mya Chmielewski 1. Totals: 23-62 FG, 6-19 3-pointers (Rhinesmith 3, Stamness, Tetzlaff, VanMaanen), 22-29 FT, 43 Rebounds (Stamness 7), 21 Fouls, 11 Assists (Payton Harmsen 4), 14 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 16 Steals (Bousema 5).

UJ—Mackensi Higlin 15, Emma Stoehr 13, Paige Schmidt 10, Jenna Doyle 6, Grace Benz 3, Mya Buffetta 2, Lissy McCulloch 2, Olivia Anderson 2, Courtney Mosloski 2, Jory Mullen 1. Totals: 18-52 FG, 8-25 3-pointers (Stoehr 3, Schmidt 2, Higlin 2, Benz), 33 Rebounds (Doyle 8), 22 Fouls, 11 Assists (Stoehr 3), 24 Turnovers, 5 Blocks (Doyle 4).

Records: Dordt 19-8, 12-7 GPAC. Jamestown 12-15, 6-13.

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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