Jimmies use first half run to beat Mount Marty 74-53

The Jimmies bench continued to be an asset outscoring the Lancers 29-19.

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University of Jamestown's Hannah DeMars drives the ball into a group of Morningside Mustangs in the Jimmies 78-73 loss on New Year's Day 2022 at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

The University of Jamestown women’s basketball team went on a 26-5 run in the first half on their way to a 74-53 win Wednesday, Jan. 26, over the Mount Marty Lancers.

The Jimmies (15-8,8-7) grabbed 44 rebounds. The Lancers (2-21, 1-15) didn't get a field goal for an 11-minute stretch in the game.

The Jimmies’ Kia Tower started an 18-0 run when she hit a stop-and-pop jumper to make it 6-5 with 5:20 to go in the first quarter. After a miss on the other end, the Jimmies Hannah DeMars splashed a three to make it 18-6.

The Jimmies’ Lexiss Trygg hit a layup early in the second to make it 21-6. The run was ended by Aubrey Twedt on a layup with 3:18 to go to make it 31-11. With 2:33 to go, Eve Millar hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to make it 34-14.

Millar drove in and hit the layup to make it 38-22 with just under eight minutes to go in the first half. The Lancers’ Emma Jarovski hit a layup with 3:33 to go to cut the lead to 43-33 in favor of the Jimmies.


The Jimmies ability to go on the first half run was down to them changing the speed of the game and hitting shots according to head coach Thad Sankey.

"We made great decisions with the ball," Sankey said. "Obviously, we got the tempo of the game to where we wanted it to be. It became a more open game, and that suits us a little bit better. That's something for us that we wanted. We wanted to play with some good tempo. We did that offensively, we made good decisions and we capitalized. When we got advantages, we scored."

On the other end, Josephson hit a put back layup to make it 45-33. Busek crossed up her defender and knocked down a triple to make it 48-33 with 1:37 to go in the third quarter.

The Jimmies bench exploded when Josephson drove in, hit the layup and converted the and-one to make it 60-46 with 7:11 to go in the game. With 2:30 to go, Kempf took a jumper to make it 72-53.

The Jimmies turned the ball over 20 times in this game. Oswald said that moving forward the team has to talk more clearly to each other.

"I think we have to be smarter with our passes," Oswald said. "It's a lot of talking, saying, 'I'm cutting under' or 'I'm cutting over.' Just comunicating with each other better."

The Jimmies are back in action at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, when they face Northwestern. The Lancers return to the court at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, when they take on Briar Cliff.

MMU 53, UJ 74


MMU: 6 12 20 15—53

UJ: 18 17 13 25—74

Points leaders:

MMU: Eve Millar 16, Kiara Berndt 9, Macy Kempf 8

UJ: Noelle Josephson 18, Hannah DeMars 13, Megan Oswald 10

Assists leaders:

MMU: Millar 2, Aubrey Twedt 2, Berndt 1, Kempf 1, Callie Otkin 1, Alana Bergland 1

UJ: Kia Tower 4, DeMars 3, Josephson 2, Jailyn Martinson 2


Leading rebounders:

MMU: Millar 11, Kempf 2, Kayla Jacobson 2

UJ: Josephson 7, DeMars 5, Lexiss Trygg 5

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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