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Jimmies hoops fueled by big first half in 76-53 win over Dickinson

The Jimmies finished the game scoring 33 points off 21 turnovers.

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University of Jamestown's Hannah DeMars drives the ball in front of the Jimmie bench and around Dickinson's Heather LeBree on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, at the Newman.
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JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown used a 22-3 run in the second quarter to pull away for good in a 76-53 win over Dickinson State University on Sunday, Dec. 18, at Harold Newman Arena.

The first quarter was a track meet as with 2:15 to go in the first, the Blue Hawks (5-8) were shooting 60% and the Jimmies were shooting 57%. The Jimmies (10-2) were able to hold onto an early lead in the quarter though as they went into the second quarter up 17-13.

The second quarter was all Jimmies as they opened the quarter with the aforementioned 22-3 run. On the first possession of the second quarter, the Jimmies’ Kate Cordes splashed a three to make the lead 22-13. The run would finally be ended when the Blue Hawks’ Kayden Steele converted an and-one to cut the deficit to 41-19 midway through the quarter.

In the first half, the Jimmies forced 15 turnovers and scored 26 points off those turnovers.

“It’s super important and that just comes strictly from our communication in that first half,” Jimmies guard Kia Tower said. “We were really talking to each other and that goes such a long ways when there’s a lot of cutting form the other team, calling out those switches and making sure there’s no confusion and to just turn that into points is awesome. That’s what we’re looking for, winning it on defense first.”

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The Jimmies started the third quarter poorly as they were forced to regroup up 56-33 late in the quarter. Over the course of the first eight and a half minutes of the quarter, the Jimmies missed 11 of their 14 shots. A few minutes after the timeout, the Jimmies were able to get it going again on a three from Cordes to make it 59-33.

The Jimmies continued to stretch the lead out from there as six different Jimmies found the scoresheet over the course of the last minute of the third and the fourth quarter.

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The Jimmies had 19 players make an appearance in the win.

In total the Jimmies had nine players score at least one point, with Tower leading the way with 20 points.

The Jimmies' 10-2 start is their best heading in Christmas break since they went 14-2 in 2017.

“It feels great,” Jimmies head coach Thad Sankey said. “Our girls have earned that but we’re not really worried about our record we know it’s about winning the next game. It’s about being prepared it’s about putting our best game on the court. We did that in the first half tonight, we’re very happy with that. So hopefully there’s some excitement over break.”

The Jimmies are back in action at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, when they go to Valley City State.

DSU 53, UJ 76

DSU: 13 11 11 18–53

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UJ: 17 32 11 16–76

Points leaders:

DSU: Samantha Oase 13, Tinley Pierson 10, Kayden Steele 8

UJ: Kia Tower 20, Hannah DeMars 19, Audrey Rodakowski 16

Assists leaders:

DSU: Steele 2, Oase 2, Jenna Jacobson 1, Lindsay Peterson 1, McKenzie Johnson 1, Tayte Kohn 1

UJ: Kate Busek 6, Tower 2, DeMars 2, Jailyn Martinson 1, Lilly Meincke 1

Leading rebounders:

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DSU: Pierson 4, Peterson 4, Steele 3, Oase 3, Kohn 3, Heather LaBree 3

UJ: DeMars 10, Busek 8, Hagel 5

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My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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