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Jimmies cruise past Lions

The University of Jamestown women's basketball team synced up their ranking and win total on Tuesday. Holding steady at No. 10 in the NAIA top 25, the Jimmies got through Tuesday's 90-39 victory over Trinity Bible College healthy and happy at the...

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The University of Jamestown women's basketball team synced up their ranking and win total on Tuesday.

Holding steady at No. 10 in the NAIA top 25, the Jimmies got through Tuesday's 90-39 victory over Trinity Bible College healthy and happy at the Civic Center.

Everybody played quite a bit and 12 players scored for the 10-2 Jimmies.

"We came out a little flat, but I think in the end we got some good things accomplished," UJ head coach Greg Ulland said. "It's nice to get our younger kids out there on the floor. They looked pretty good."

The Lions (6-8) got off to a fast start and led 9-5, but the lead was short-lived.

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The Jimmies scored the next 19 points and 48 of the next 53 to lead 53-14 at halftime.

"Our second unit sparked us. It was good to see Kaeli (Kraska) hit a few shots. We were able to get out and run and get some easy baskets," Ulland said. "You look at it and everybody played about the same amount of minutes.

"We got out of there healthy."

The game's leading scorer was Trinity Bible College's Jaylen Newman, who had 27 points on 11 of 22 shooting.

Five Jimmies hit double figures with Taylor Hammer's 13 points leading the way. Kraska, a senior, sank a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 12 points. She has been struggling to find her stroke.

"We need to get her going," Ulland said of Kraska. "We know what she's capable of giving us."

Starters Jessica Buck (12) and Kyra Dewald (11) also hit double figures.

Freshman Marina Nowak had 10 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes.

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"Marina made some nice plays. Our freshmen have a lot of potential," Ulland said.

Makenzie Bebo, continuing to fill in for Bryn Woodside at point guard, had six points, seven rebounds and six assists.

"Mak's been steady," Ulland said. "She's proven she can handle those responsibilities."

More good news for the Jimmies is that Woodside is expected back this weekend from a severely sprained ankle she suffered last month. Ulland said she'll play limited minutes, but they're glad to have the speedy playmaker on the mend.

The Jimmies play Ashford University on Friday and Clarke University on Saturday with both games in Clinton, Iowa, an 11-hour haul from Jamestown. Both teams advanced to the national tournament last season.

"They're quality teams, so it'll be a good test for us," Ulland said. "It won't be easy by any means. We'll need to be ready to roll."

University of Jamestown 90, Trinity Bible College 39

TBC 12 14 26 39

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UJ 28 53 76 90

Trinity Bible College - Janae Droste 1, Lauren Fischer 2, Rebecca Olsson 5, Jaylen Newman 27, Ruthie Rivera 1, Jordan Rohrbach 3. Totals: 15-49 FG, Three-pointers: 3-12 (Olsson, Newman, Rohrbach), 6-8 FT, 21 Rebounds (Droste 5), 11 Fouls, 7 Assists (Olsson 4), 1 Blocked shot (Droste), 5 Steals (Newman 2).

Jamestown - Jessica Buck 12, Alexis Watts 6, Kyra Dewald 11, Chelsey Frydenlund 2, Makenzie Bebo 6, Kaeli Kraska 12, McKayla Orr 6, Lissy McCulloch 4, Marina Nowak 10, Taylor Hammer 13, Jory Mullen 6, Jenna Doyle 2. Totals: 36-72 FG, Three-pointers: 7-20 (Dewald 3, Kraska 2, Bebo 2), 11-15 FT, 31 Rebounds (Bebo 6, Doyle 6), 10 Fouls, 22 Assists (Bebo 6), 12 Turnovers, 13 Steals (Dewald 2, Orr 2, Nowak 2, Hammer 2).

Records: Jamestown 10-2; Trinity Bible College 6-8.

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