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Jimmies keep hot start going with 66-49 win at Concordia

The Jimmies shot 47.3% from the field.

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With her hair in flight, University of Jamestown's Audrey Rodakowski makes a move to the basket past Mayville State's Laurie Cren (24) and CJ Decker (2) on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Harold Newman Arena.
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SEWARD, NEB. — The University of Jamestown went to Concordia University looking for their best start since 2019 and they did just that getting a 66-49 win on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Bulldogs’ Friedrich Arena.

The only two Jimmies (6-1,4-0) remaining from that 2019-20 team that started 6-1 are Kia Tower and Hannah DeMars. In the current win over the Bulldogs, Tower put up 10 points and three assists and DeMars scored a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds.

"I think this year, there's just so much more experience on our team," Tower said. "We've all been playing with each other for a bit now so just our connection that we have on and off the court. I think that's the biggest difference."

The Jimmies’ Tower splashed a three early in the first quarter to take a 5-4 lead, which they would never relinquish. After a scoreless stretch, the Jimmies stretched the lead out to 7-4 on a Kate Busek jumper.

"Our defense in the second quarter was from a points perspective, the best second quarter that we've had," Jimmies head coach Thad Sankey said. "I thought our confidence was high, it was a balance of us being really tight on our gameplan and executing and also them missing shots. We took that combination Max and we built our momentum and we built our confidence and that's something for us that was great to see and that resulted in that big turn in the game in the second quarter."

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The Jimmies outscored the Bulldogs 18-5 in the second quarter to take a 38-21 lead into the half.

The Jimmies took their largest lead of the game on a Sarah Lenz three to make it 45-25 with 4:59 to go in the third quarter. The closest the Bulldogs (3-3, 1-3) over the last quarter and a half were within eight points on two different occasions with the last one coming thanks to a Kendal Brigham layup cut it to 53-45 with 8:29 to go in the game.

The Jimmies ended the game on a 6-2 run, to get the 17-point win.

The Jimmies are back in action at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, when they host Hastings College.

UJ 66, CUNE 49

UJ: 20 18 13 15–66

CUNE: 16 5 17 11–49

Points leaders:

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UJ: Hannah DeMars 19, Audrey Rodakowski 12, Kia Tower 10

CUNE: Hailey Kleinschmit 13, Abby Kreiser 11, Kendal Brigham 10

Assists leaders:

UJ: Kate Busek 5, Tower 3, DeMars 2, Kate Cordes 2

CUNE: Mackenzie Toomey 2, Taysha Rushton 2, Brigham 2

Leading rebounders:

UJ: DeMars 12, Busek 10, Rodakowski 6

CUNE: Kleinschmit 4, Kristin Vieselmeyer 4, Rushton 3, Sadie Powell 3

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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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