Jimmies stay hot with 66-58 win at Dakota Wesleyan

The Jimmies scored 14 points off the bench in the win.

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University of Jamestown's Kate Busek passes the ball to a teammate Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at the Newman.
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MITCHELL, S.D. — The University of Jamestown led almost wire to wire and forced the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers to shoot 32.8% from the field in a 66-58 win on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the World’s Only Corn Palace.

The win pushes the Jimmies' win total out to 18 wins and their winning streak out to six games. The 18 wins would be the Jimmies' most in a full season since they finished last season with 18 wins. The six-game winning streak is the 15th winning streak of six or more games since the 2005-06 season.

“We have some really significant and big strengths whether it’s players and offensively or even just our defensive identity and how we get stops,” Jimmies head coach Thad Sankey said. “So, those strengths are things that we’re going to continue to focus on, we’re going to continue to rely on and hopefully we can grab a couple more wins.”

The Jimmies (18-5, 13-4) took an early lead at 9-6 on a Kia Tower layup and that started an 8-2 run for the Jimmies to push the lead out to 17-8, drawing a Tigers (16-7, 10-7) timeout. Out of the timeout, the Jimmies finished the quarter on a run to take a 23-12 lead into the second quarter.

On the first two possessions of the second half, the Jimmies forced a turnover and then Jailyn Martinson hit a layup to push the Jimmies' lead out to 40-30. The Tigers responded with a 10-3 run to cut the deficit to 43-40 on a Rylee Rosenquist three with 4:58 to go in the quarter. The Jimmies’ Hannah Hagel responded with a jumper to push the lead out to 45-40, getting the Jimmies back on the right track and starting a quick 7-0 run for the Jimmies over the next minute to take a 47-40 lead.


The Jimmies’ Kia Tower hit a layup early in the fourth quarter to push the lead out to 53-45. It was part of a 25-point performance for the senior, which ties a career-high. The closest the Tigers got from there was within six points 61-45 with 1:14 to go in the game.

The longest run for the Tigers in the second half was the aforementioned 10-3 run in the third quarter. After the Tigers' leading scorer Jada Campbell scored 24 points in the team’s first matchup back on Nov. 16, the Jimmies held her to 13 points in this one.

The Jimmies are back in action at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, when they host Midland.

DWU 58, UJ 66

UJ: 23 15 13 15–66

DWU: 12 18 15 13–58

Points leaders:

UJ: Kia Tower 25, Hannah DeMars 9, Jailyn Martinson 8, Hannah Hagel 8, Audrey Rodakowski 6


DWU: Rylee Rosenquist 13, Jada Campbell 13, Matti Reiner 11, Morgan Edelman 10

Assists leaders:

UJ: Tower 2, Martinson 2, Rodakowski 2, DeMars 1, Hagel 1, Kate Busek 1

DWU: Rosenquist 2, Campbell 2, Reiner 2, Edelman 2, Isabel Ihnen 2, Lacey Sprakel 1

Leading rebounders:

UJ: DeMars 10, Hagel 6, Busek 6, Tower 3, Martinson 3, Sarah Lenz 3, Rodakowski 2

DWU: Edelman 11, Campbell 9, Rosenquist 4, Reiner 4, Ihnen 2, Rynn Osthus 2, Sprakel 1, Mya Wilson 1

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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