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Jimmies earn road win at Ashford

Depth often plays a key role in the Jimmies wearing their opponents out. Ashford University of Clinton, Iowa, only has eight players, so not surprisingly the Saints were unable to stick with the 10th-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketb...

Depth often plays a key role in the Jimmies wearing their opponents out.

Ashford University of Clinton, Iowa, only has eight players, so not surprisingly the Saints were unable to stick with the 10th-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketball team on Friday.

There's a reason Ashford's team is so small-the school is closing in the spring. The men's basketball team folded over the summer and other programs continue to be shut down.

"It's a tough situation. You don't like to see those types of things happen to people," said UJ women's basketball coach Greg Ulland after his team's 66-49 road victory. "You have to give (Ashford) credit. They play hard."

The Saints (1-8) did not have an answer for Jessica Buck, but they are not alone in that category. The All-American from Burnsville, Minn., turned in another sparkling performance with 27 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals.

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"She was really good. Whenever we needed a bucket she got us one," Ulland said. "She also made 12 of her 15 free throws and that's great for her."

The Jimmies shot just 36.5 percent in the game, but it mattered little as they did not allow Ashford to score more than 14 points in any quarter.

"Defensively, we tried some new things that hopefully we'll be able to use later in the season in certain situations," Ulland said. "We forced 22 turnovers. Kyra (Dewald), McKayla (Orr), Buck were flying all over the floor."

Dewald had six steals to go with her 11 points. Makenzie Bebo also was in double figures for the Jimmies with 10 points as she continued to perform admirably at the point guard spot. Bebo's been filling in for Bryn Woodside, who also returned to the floor on Friday after missing the last three weeks with an ankle injury. Woodside was expected to be out another couple of weeks, but the speedy sophomore has made good progress in rehab. Ulland said she'll be limited to about two minutes per quarter for the time being.

"(Bebo) has done a good job for us, but it was great to see Bryn back out there," Ulland said.

The Jimmies, who improved to 11-2 with the win, play at Clarke University today at 1 p.m in Dubuque, Iowa. The Crusaders are 6-4, beat Mayville State 90-72 Friday night and advanced to the national tournament last season.

"They're a lot like us," Ulland said. "I expect a tough game. It's going to be a good challenge for us for sure."

At Clinton, Iowa

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University of Jamestown 66, Ashford University 49

UJ 15 28 49 66

AU 10 23 37 49

Jamestown-Kyra Dewald 11, Chelsey Frydenlund 4, Makenzie Bebo 10, Jessica Buck 27, Alexis Watts 5, Kaeli Kraska 2, McKayla Orr 3, Taylor Hammer 4. Totals: 19-52 FG, Three-pointers: 10-26 (Dewald 3, Bebo 3, Frydenlund, Buck, Watts, Orr), 18-28 FT, 33 Rebounds (Buck 6), 16 Fouls, 14 Assists (Buck 8), 13 Turnovers, 1 Blocked shot (Hammer 1), 13 Steals (Dewald 6).

Ashford-Haley Martinez 16, Kalyn Theill 1, Phikala Anthony 4, Ciera Lampe 11, Brittany Cross 17. Totals: 20-43 FG, Three-pointers: 3-11 (Martinez 2, Lampe), 6-10 FT, 25 Rebounds (Cross 8), 21 Fouls, 8 Assists (3 with 2), 22 Turnovers, 2 Blocked shots (2 with 1), 4 Steals (Anthony 2).

Records: Jamestown 11-2; Ashford 1-8.

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