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Jimmies hold off Cobbers

The Jimmies were in position to stretch it out late Monday night in Moorhead. But instead, they had to sweat it out. The 10th-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketball team led by eight with 90 seconds to go, but Concordia College nearly ...

The Jimmies were in position to stretch it out late Monday night in Moorhead.

But instead, they had to sweat it out.

The 10th-ranked University of Jamestown women's basketball team led by eight with 90 seconds to go, but Concordia College nearly came all the way back only to miss a chance to win or tie at the free throw line as the Jimmies prevailed, 65-64.

"I'm proud of the kids for persevering through, but we did make it a lot harder on ourselves than it needed to be," UJ head coach Greg Ulland said. "We got great looks late in the game to kinda put it away, but they didn't fall and Concordia kept coming."

Leading 65-63 after a free throw by Alexis Watts, Concordia's Katie Rosenfeldt was fouled on a 3-point attempt with less than a second on the clock. Rosenfelt missed the first, made the second to cut the deficit to 65-64, but missed the third.

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"Concordia's really good. They played great in the first half and the last five minutes," Ulland said. "This is a really good win for us. Our players should be happy about that, but there's still a lot of things we need to clean up."

Ulland said it was a shaky start for his team, which trailed 35-30 at the half.

"We're going to get other teams' 'A' game and we definitely did not match their effort in the first half," Ulland said. "We told them that at halftime. We can't just show up. Because of where we are, other teams really want to beat us. We can't just show up and expect things to happen."

The Jimmies' best quarter was the third as they outscored the Cobbers 16-8.

"The girls responded really well in the third quarter. To hold them to eight points in a quarter is a really nice effort defensively," Ulland said.

The Jimmies appeared poised to pull away in the fourth, but couldn't find the range.

"We were getting the shots we wanted, but they weren't falling," Ulland said.

The Jimmies had five players score nine points or more led by Jessica Buck's 16. She also had four steals and two assists.

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McKayla Orr was perfect in the game, hitting all three of her shots - including a key 3-pointer in the second half - plus going 4-for-4 from the line.

"McKayla played really well. She didn't miss a shot," Ulland said.

Watts added 11 points, including a 3-pointer that put the Jimmies up 55-47 in the fourth.

"She played with confidence," Ulland said. "That three she made was big."

Kyra Dewald was also in double figures with 11 points. Chelsey Frydenlund totaled nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.

The Jimmies (9-2) play four games this week, including their only home game of the month tonight at 5:30 against Trinity Bible College.

University of Jamestown 65, Concordia College 64

UJ 18 30 46 65

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CC 18 35 43 64

Jamestown - Jessica Buck 16, Alexis Watts 11, Kyra Dewald 11, Chelsey Frydenlund 9, Makenzie Bebo 2, Kaeli Kraska 2, McKayla Orr 12, Taylor Hammer 2. Totals: 23-56 FG, Three-pointers: 5-21 (Orr 2, Watts 2, Dewald), 14-14 FT, 29 Rebounds (Frydenlund 9), 17 Fouls (Dewald 5), 16 Turnovers, 7 Assists (Bebo 2, Buck 2), 13 Steals (Buck 4), 3 Blocked shots (3 with 1).

Concordia - Olivia Johnson 7, Jenna Januschka 18, Greta Walsh 14, Hannah Jeske 8, Katie Rosenfeldt 3, Jamie Mentzer 2, Crystal Amundson 9, Cassidy Rahman 3. Totals: 27-58 FG, Three-pointers: 4-11 ( Walsh 2, Amundson, Rahman), 36 Rebounds (Januschka 11), 22 Fouls, 21 Turnovers, 15 Assists (Johnson 5), 7 Steals (Jeske 2, Rosenfeldt 2), 1 Blocked shot.

Records: Jamestown 9-2; Concordia 4-4.

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