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Jimmies struggle shooting in 63-62 loss to Hastings at home

The Jimmies shot 6-for-27 from three in the loss.

Kia Tower Audrey Rodakwski
The Jimmies Kia Tower (1) dribbles the ball in the paint while teammate Audrey Rodakowski (24) holds off a defender during the Jimmies' loss to Hastings on Friday, Dec. 2, at Harold Newman Arena.
Michael Savaloja / For the Jamestown Sun
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JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown struggled to hit shots down the stretch and it cost them in a 63-62 loss to Hastings College on Friday, Dec. 2, at Harold Newman Arena.

“I’m really hoping we can build off it,” Broncos head coach Jina Douglas said. “We’ve struggled, we’ve had some major, major injuries and we play a lot of young players. You worry when you struggle early what a big carryover effect it will be. So, I’m hoping we can build on this but that’s going to be tough tomorrow, we go to Mitchell (South Dakota) tonight, that’s going to be a long road trip, very very quick turnaround. But it’s nice to get this one.”

In total, the Jimmies shot 24-for-65 from the field for 37% and 6-for-27 from three. In the fourth quarter, the Jimmies shot 5–for-21.

The Jimmies (6-2, 4-1) came into this game with a week off from games and it showed early in the first quarter but they managed to fight through it to shoot 50% from the field in the opening quarter. Despite that, the Jimmies trailed for the entire first quarter and went into the second quarter down 17-11 after the Broncos’ Allison Bauers hit a layup late.

“It’s hard to determine exactly we got off to a slow start tonight, part of it was Hastings was locked in defensively,” Jimmies head coach Thad Sankey said. “We knew they’d be hard to score against and they proved that. They were hard to score against. I was a little bit disappointed in our defensive effort in how we guarded them and how we guarded their actions. I didn’t feel like we were as cohesive defensively as we needed to be.”

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The Jimmies picked it up in the second quarter as the Broncos (4-4, 2-2) got called for a shot clock violation. The Jimmies went down the floor and Sarah Lenz knocked down a corner three to make it 21-20 with just under six minutes to go in the game. The Broncos retook the lead when Olivia Kugler drove in, hit the layup and converted the and-one to push her team in front 25-23 with 4:20 to go in the game. The Jimmies traded the lead for the rest of the quarter as the Broncos’ Carley Leners converted the and-one with 38.6 seconds to go in the quarter to give the Broncos the 35-33 lead.

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With six and a half minutes to go in the third quarter, the Jimmies’ Audrey Rodakowski fought through contact and hit the one-handed layup to push the Jimmies' lead out to 41-37. The Jimmies turned to Rodakowski again late in the third quarter as she hit a layup to push the lead out to 52-48. On the very next possession, the Broncos’ Mariyah Avila chucked one up at the buzzer to cut her team’s deficit to 52-50.

The Broncos took the lead for good with just over five minutes to go in the game when Alyssa Baker hit a layup to make it 56-54. With 50 seconds to go in the quarter, the Jimmies’ Kate Cordes hit the runner to cut the Jimmies’s deficit to 63-62. The Jimmies had two chances to win the game in the dying seconds but missed both layups.

The Jimmies are back in action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, when they host Doane.

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The University of Jamestown bench celebrates a point during the Jimmies loss to Hastings on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at Harold Newman Arena.
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HC 63, UJ 62

HC: 17 18 15 13–63

UJ: 11 23 18 10–62

Points leaders:

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HC: Katharine Hamburger 12, Allison Bauer 10, Carley Leners 8

UJ: Audrey Rodakowski 15, Hannah DeMars 9, Sarah Lenz 9

Assists leaders:

HC: Kiernan Paulk 3, Olivia Kugler 2, Hamburger 1, Bauer 1, Mariyah Avila 1

UJ: DeMars 5, Kia Tower 2, Kate Busek 2, Jailyn Martinson 2

Leading rebounders:

HC: Dawson Knode 7, Leners 6, Hamburger 5

UJ: DeMars 9, Rodakowski 9, Busek 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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