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Jimmies splash the three ball in 91-68 win over Valley City

The Jimmies freshman guard Madelyn Schmidt set a career high for points in this game with 15.

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The University of Jamestown put an end to their shooting woes in a big way, taking down Valley City State University 91-68. The Jimmies (5-4) shot 52% from the field and 45% from three in this game. The Vikings (3-6) only shot 28% from three in this game. The win also sees the Jimmies improve to 3-0 at home this season.

“I think the atmosphere is really great. You always play a little bit better on your home court, we have great fans here,” Jimmies guard Madelyn Schmidt said. “I think our energy is always a notch higher when we are playing at home.”

The Jimmies got on the board first thanks to Audrey Rodakowski backing down her defender, making the game 2-0 with 8:27 to go in the first quarter. The Vikings' Ashlyn Diemert hit a jumper to give the Vikings the 10-6 lead, forcing a Jimmies timeout with 4:38 to go in the opening quarter. The Jimmies' Madelyn Schmidt spotted up from the right corner and hit a three to make the game 14-12 in favor of the visitors. The Jimmies took the lead back when Hannah DeMars drove in and got the whistle and hit both at the line to make the game 18-16 with 1:42 to go in the first quarter. Schmidt hit a three with a hand in her face with 15 seconds to go to give the Jimmies the 21-19 lead.

The Vikings opened the second quarter with Allie Critchley drawing the contact, sending her to the line for two, where she made it a 21-21 game 13 seconds into the second quarter. Tower splashed the deep three in front of the Valley bench with 9 minutes to go to give the Jimmies the 24-21 lead. The Vikings ended the Jimmies 14-2 run at the line as Taryn Dieterle hit both to make it a 36-25 game with 2:58 to go before the half. The Jimmies extended their lead out to 44-29 with 30 seconds to go thanks to a Schmidt three.

The Jimmies stretched their lead out thanks to a Martinson three with 4:10 to go to make it a 57-44 game. The Jimmies pushed their lead out to 20, 66-46 with a three from Sarah Lenz midway through the third quarter. The Jimmies bench exploded thanks to a wide open three from Lenz at the top of the arc with a minute left in the third quarter to make the game 71-47.

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The Jimmies scored their first points of the final quarter thanks to a three from Kate Busek in front of the Jimmies bench with 8:22 to go to make the game 74-47. The Vikings bench erupted when Dieterle drove in and hit the basket and got fouled to make the game 85-61 with 2:21 to go in the game. The Jimmies took some energy back with 1:35 to go thanks to a Busek three to make the game 88-64 in favor of the Jimmies.

The Jimmies locked down defensively in this game, forcing 16 turnovers and forcing the Vikings to shoot 28% from three.

“It’s fun, that’s what we are working for. We wanted to be on and off our pressure tonight. We didn’t need to sit in it for forty minutes. Sometimes when you press for forty minutes you have these dead times where you are not really getting anything out of it,” Jimmies head coach Thad Sankey said. “We wanted to minimize the dead times and maximize the times that we are really productive in our full court pressure. So, that was our goal and then when you can flip it on and get the 10 second call like that, that’s a lot of fun.”

The Jimmies are back in action at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29 when they welcome in Presentation College. The Vikings are back in action at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 as they go to Minot State.

VCSU 68, UJ 91

VCSU: 19 10 18 21---68

UJ: 21 23 27 20--91

Points leaders:

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VCSU: Ashlyn Diemert 19, Adriana Torres 12, Taryn Dieterle 9

UJ: Madelyn Schmidt 15, Hannah DeMars 14, Kia Tower 11

Assists leaders:

VCSU: Emma Nielsen 4, Hailey Roberts 4, Torres 1, Dieterlie 1, Allie Critchley 1, Bayli Heap 1, Katie Johnson 1

UJ: Schmidt 3, DeMars 3, Tower 3, Kate Busek 3, Jordynn Toliver 3

Rebounding leaders:

VCSU: Torres 7, Dieterle 4, Diemert 4
UJ: Megan Oswald 6, Toliver 5, Noelle Josephson 5

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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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