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Jimmies women's basketball attempt to end skid vs. Valley

The Jimmies are trying to shoot at a higher clip than they have in the last two games where they shot a combined 34% from the field.

The University of Jamestown women’s basketball team is attempting to put an end to their losing streak when they welcome Valley City State University to Harold Newman Arena at 1 p.m. on Nov. 27. The Jimmies are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak since they lost three in a row earlier this year from Feb. 3-Feb. 10.

The Jimmies are coming off a buzzer beater loss to Concordia 69-67 on Nov. 23. The Vikings are coming off a 91-45 win over Trinity Bible on Nov. 23. In anticipation of this game, the Jimmies had practice on the morning of Nov. 25 after which the players who lived close enough to go home went home to celebrate with their families, while some players had family that came to town to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Over the last two games, the Jimmies have struggled shooting the ball, hitting at 34% from the field, which is something that head coach Thad Sankey wants to fix in this game.

“One thing that we’re putting a little bit more time and focus into is getting into a rhythm offensively. I think our defense has been locked in pretty well all month long, very rarely are we having defensive breakdowns,” Sankey said. “Our girls are guarding hard and competing well; for the most part it is about finding that rhythm offensively and seeing what it takes to get comfortable.”

The two teams have played 39 times since 2005 with the Jimmies owning a 28-11 record. The Jimmies are also riding a four-game winning streak in the series. The last time the two teams played was earlier this year on Jan. 4 with the Jimmies winning 68-56. The Jimmies were led in that game by Hannah DeMars’ 21 points and nine rebounds. If the Jimmies win this game, it will tie their longest winning streak in the series.

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The free throw line played a big role in the Jimmies' loss to the Bulldogs as they sent the Bulldogs to the line for 26 free throws of which they hit 19, while the Jimmies took 20 free throws and hit 18 of them. The Jimmies aggressive play offensively to draw fouls is something that Sankey said that he wants his team to repeat in this game.

“We had two or three defensive possessions at the rim where we had the choice to challenge straight up instead of reaching or trying to knock the ball out. We went for the higher risk play and got whistled for fouls. So, it’s about playing that more disciplined type of defense at the rim,” Sankey said. “We did a better job at not fouling away from the basket so that was a plus for us…... For us, it’s about reinforcing our defensive positions and giving our players confidence that they can do it and giving them more repetitions at practice to guard at the rim like that.”

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