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Jimmies struggle shooting in 64-49 loss at DWU

The Jimmies last basket came with just under seven minutes to go in the game.

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University of Jamestown's Kia Tower looks to pass the ball Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, away from Maddie Jones (4) of Northwestern in the Jimmies 65-48 win over the Raiders at Harold Newman Arena.
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The University of Jamestown women’s basketball team missed their last 11 shots in the fourth quarter Wednesday, Feb. 1, to lose 64-49 to the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers.

The Jimmies (16-9, 9-8) shot 16-for-61 from the field, while the Tigers (19-6, 12-6) shot 22-for-55.

With 8:05 to go, the Jimmies' Madelyn Schmidt found Hannah DeMars in the corner who knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 4-3. The Jimmies wound up going into the second quarter down 13-9 with DeMars scoring all nine of those points.

The Tigers’ Matti Reiner hit the floater to make it 15-9 moments into the second quarter. In the second quarter, Reiner and Jada Campbell stretched the Tiger's lead by scoring 13 of the team's 15 points to go into the break up 33-23.

The Jimmies started the third quarter on a 9-0 run powered by DeMars and Noelle Josephson to tie the game up (THE SCORE WOULD HAVE BEEN 33-32 TIGERS LEAD AT THIS TIME). DeMars hit a layup to tie the game at 39-39 with 3:40 to go in the third quarter. However, the Tigers took advantage of Josephson going to the bench with four fouls to take a 45-43 lead into the fourth quarter.

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Jimmies head coach Thad Sankey said that his team's ability to flip the momentum in the third quarter came down to locking down on the defensive end and building confidence on the offensive end.

"We got a couple buckets to start the third and so we were able to pressure," Sankey said. "That was something that was pretty effective when we were in there. Those are really important pieces to what we are doing and what we needed to do to win the game. Unfortunately, after we got and even grabbed a quick lead, we weren't able to get stops on the other end and that inability was something that was really hard for us."

The Tigers opened the final quarter on a 9-1 run to stretch their lead to 10. The Jimmies’ Macy Savela hit the layup under the hoop to make it 54-46 with 6:49 to go in the fourth quarter.

The Jimmies struggles down the stretch was very simple according to Tower.

"Basketball is a game of runs and unfortunately a lot of our shots didn't fall and a lot of theirs did and because of that they were able to keep their run going," Tower said.

The Jimmies are back in action at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, when they welcome in Midland. The Tigers return to the court at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, when they face the College of Saint Mary.

UJ 49, DWU 64

UJ: 9 14 20 6–49

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DWU: 13 20 12 19 —64

Points leaders:

UJ: Hannah DeMars 19, Kia Tower 9, Sarah Lenz 9
DWU: Matti Reiner 20, Kaylee Kirk 10, Jada Campbell 9

Assists leaders:

UJ: Madelyn Schmidt 4, Tower 3, DeMars 2

DWU: Kirk 4, Isabel Ihnen 4, Rynn Osthus 4

Leading rebounders:

UJ: DeMars 12, Schmidt 6, Lenz 5

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DWU: Reiner 13, Campbell 8, Kirk 6, Ihen 6

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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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