Jimmies women's hoops bounce back with big 96-56 win over Doane
The Jimmies had 53 rebounds in the win.
JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown came into their game against Doane University trying to avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time this season. Behind a big shooting performance from sophomore Sarah Lenz, the Jimmies got a 96-56 win on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Harold Newman Arena.
“We’ve got tough girls, they enjoy playing together, we needed to get back on the court after last night,” Jimmies head coach Thad Sankey said. “We didn’t feel like that was our best game. So, those opportunities are something good, just a chance to play basketball and reconnect and find our identity.”
The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair for both teams, with both squads going through stretches of being unable to hit shots and being unable to miss shots. The Jimmies (7-2, 5-1) started the game splashing their first two shots to take a 6-3 lead. The Tigers responded with a run to take a 7-6 lead on a basket from Mak Hatcliff. Later in the quarter, Hatcliff got fouled by the Jimmies’ Hannah DeMars and had to be helped off the floor.
The Jimmies stretched the lead out in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 28-13. In the second frame, the Jimmies hitting four of their first six shots to take a 33-22. The lead ballooned to as large as 20-points in the quarter, when Sarah Lenz hit a three with 2:16 to go in first half, to give the Jimmies the 47-27 lead. That three was part of a barrage from Lenz who set a career-high with 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting in the win.
“I think it wasn’t a lot of what I did, but what my teammates did,” Lenz said. “Obviously, I can’t get my open shots if people don’t do what they do. So, my teammates reading what was happening and me being confident with the shots that I was getting.”
Early in that second quarter, Hatcliff attempted to fight through the pain but after just over a minute on the floor, she was subbed out for the rest of the game. The game also saw the Tigers lose their second leading scorer in Macy Holtz to an illness.
“She’s one of the best players in the league on both ends on the floor so that makes it tough, not having one of the best players in the conference and then we had an illness,” Tigers head coach Ryan Baumgartner said. “So, we had to battle through quite a bit of adversities, but it’s part of the game.”
In the third quarter, Lenz hit four of her seven threes including one with 51 seconds to go in the quarter to push the lead out to 75-38. As the Jimmies lead was stretched out in the third, Sankey started going deeper down his bench, with 13 different players making an appearance in the game.
“We’ve had a three post rotation even with Audrey giving us great things it’s nice to have confidence in going to (Hannah) Hagel, a little bit of a change of pace and the offensive rebounding that Megan Oswald gives us is a great thing,” Sankey said. “She was awesome on the offensive boards tonight. That depth in the post has been big but then also the depth and the defense that we’ve had at the guard spots has been important too.”
The Jimmies are back in action at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, when they host Valley City State University.
DU 56, UJ 96
DU: 16 13 9 18–56
UJ: 19 28 30 19–96
DU: Olivia Nall 13, Megan Chambers 13, Kali Staples 6
UJ: Sarah Lenz 21, Hannah DeMars 19, Kia Tower 14
DU: Rylie Rice 4, Kate Jansky 1, Taylor Luben 1, Boston Boucher 1, Chambers 1, Staples 1, Nall 1
UJ: Kate Busek 5, Tower 3, Ilycia Guere 3
DU: Rice 8, Chambers 4, Mak Hatcliff 3
UJ: Megan Oswald 8, Hannah Hagel 7, DeMars 4, Audrey Rodakowski 4, Lilly Meincke 4, Guere 4, Jeffrey 4, Lenz 4