It was a battle of quarters Monday afternoon at Harold Newman Arena.
"We talked about after Saturday that we are on a mission searching for a four-quarter game," University of Jamestown head women's basketball coach Thad Sankey said. "That's what we are hoping to do down the stretch."
UJ faced and bested the College of Saint Mary 71-55 to improve to 10-6 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and 13-6 overall. Saint Mary's remains at the bottom of the GPAC at 1-13. The Jimmies will be back in action on Wednesday as they head to Iowa to take on 11th-ranked Morningside College (17-2, 15-1 GPAC). The game is slated to start at 6 p.m. with the men's game to follow at 8 p.m.
The Jimmies won every quarter Monday, outlasting a physical Saint Mary team without sophomore Hannah DeMars at their disposal. DeMars sustained an ankle injury in the Jimmies' tilt with Mount Marty on Saturday.
"Obviously we knew that Hannah was not going to play so we didn't spend that much time talking about it," Sankey said. "Our girls know that they are going to step up and play hard."
Defensively, the Flames forced a series of early misses by the Jimmies, which sparked a pair of Honnah Leo 3-pointers that had Saint Mary leading 6-2. Leo led her team with 13 points.
Emma Stoehr cut the lead to four with an easy layup before Sankey took his first timeout of regulation.
"We talked about focusing on those mini runs," Sankey said. "Win two possessions in a row, get a couple of stops, win a couple more possessions in a row."
Kia Tower tied the game at eight apiece and Stoehr finally gave the Jimmies the lead with a bucket from 3-point range to make it 11-8 with 2:20 left in the first period. After Clare Lewandowski missed her second free-throw, Noelle Josephson made an offensive rebound and sprinted down the court to make an unguarded layup. Josephson drew up a foul on the two-pointer that sent her to the line to make it 14-9 Jimmies.
That was one quarter won.
The Jimmies outscored the Flames 18-14 in the second quarter and were fueled by Macy Savela who drained a 3-pointer to make it 19-13 Jimmies. Savela knocked down another from 3-point range with 5:32 remaining in the half to put the Jimmies up seven. The Jimmies continued to pressure and ended up winning the quarter 18-14 but did end up getting outscored 10-7 in the back half of the second.
Two of those points came when the game clock was at triple zeros.
There were five seconds left on the game clock after Stoehr collected on a pair of foul shots to put the Jimmies up 32-23. Savela fouled Macey Ullsperger-Allgood with time expired, giving the Flames another chance at some bonus points.
Ullsperger drained 2 of 3 from the line to end the half 32-25 Jimmies.
"I wasn't very happy with how we responded to that," Sankey said of some whistles blown on the Jimmies. "We complained a little bit too much.
"When we relaxed and focussed on the controllable in the third quarter the lead grew -- that's what happens when you buckle down and play hard."
Savela redeemed herself for the foul with 6:51 left on the clock. Savela drained her third 3-pointer of the afternoon to extend the Jimmies' lead to nine points. Sankey commended Josephson's defensive work throughout the game forcing two turnovers, making six steals and nabbing five rebounds.
A huge shot from Tower and a couple of foul shots from Rodakowski gave the Jimmies' their first double-digit lead of the game in the third. Tower knocked down three more from the line before the quarter ended with the Jimmies up 50-38.
"Kia just steps up," Sankey said of his team's response to playing without DeMars. "Kia's scoring helped fill the void and getting Macy loose for a couple of shots helps too.
The duo continued the sharp-shooting in the fourth.
Correy Hickman drained her first shot from the perimeter to kick off the final 10-minute frame. Savela followed suit racking up her fifth and final 3 to make it 58-42 UJ. Tower continued to push past the Flames' pressure and drew up her second from 3-point range.
On the inside, Lewandowski and Leo continued to pressure Rodakowski in her attempts to go to the hole. Rodakowski fell into trouble with four personal fouls but Sankey took a gamble and put the 6-foot freshman back into the game with about five minutes remaining.
It paid off as she put up a pair of easy layups to make it 68-49 but the Jimmies were not quite done.
Gracie Bohl made a steal with 40 seconds left in regulation and was fouled at the basket by Jada Scott. The freshman drained 1 of 2 to end the game.
"We've got confidence, we've got pride in who we are," Sankey said. "It'll take an effort across the board to make sure we get (Morningside) out of rhythm. It's a big challenge but we'll be up for it."
University of Jamestown 71, College of St. Mary 55
SM 11 14 13 17 -- 55
UJ 14 18 18 21 -- 71
SM -- Honnah Leo 13, E'Saunjia Stewart 11, Clare Lewandowski 10, Kenzi Hoit 5, Macey Ullsperger-Allgood 4, Jada Scott 3, Jerrisha Rice 2, Bailey White 2, Madelyn Turner 2, Allisa Schubert 2, Gabby Felker 1. Totals: 17-46 FG, 5-17 3-pointers (Leo 3, Hoit 1, Stewart 1), 16-23 FT, 29 Rebounds (Stewart 5, Lewandowski 5), 17 Assists, 22 Fouls, 2 Blocks, 7 Steals (Scott 3), 19 Turnovers.
UJ -- Kia Tower 20, Macy Savela 16, Audrey Rodakowski 11, Emma Stoehr 9, Noelle Josephson 8, Correy Hickman 4, Anni Stier 2, Gracie Bohl 1. Totals: 23-58 FG, 9-28 3-pointers (Savela 5, Tower 2, Hickman 1, Stoehr 1), 16-22 FT, 40 Rebounds (Tower 8, Rodakowski 7, Josephson 5, Hickman 5, Savela 4, Stoehr 3, Bohl 2, Stier 1), 16 Assists (Josephson 4, Tower 4), 20 Fouls, 12 Steals (Josephson 6), 2 Blocks, 16 Turnovers.
Records: Jamestown 13-6, 10-6 GPAC. St. Mary 2-15, 1-13.