Jimmies women's basketball attempt to move to 4-0 at Mayville State
The Jimmies look to take down the Comets for the second time this season.
The University of Jamestown women’s basketball team is looking to start the season 4-0 for the first time since the 2011-12 season when they go to Mayville State at 6 p.m. on Nov. 6. The game serves as the Comets home opener.
In the Jimmies' three previous wins, they have progressively turned on the jets, with an 81-34 win over Presentation College in their last game on Oct. 26. The Comets are coming into this game with a 2-1 overall record. They are coming off a 61-40 win over Cardinal Stritch on Oct. 30.
The Jimmies have had 10 days off since the win over Presentation, which is their second-longest stretch without games this season. With that in mind, the Jimmies aren’t thinking as much about going to 4-0 as just winning this game.
“It would be a lot of fun. It’s been so long since we played, I don’t even know if our girls remember that we are 3-0,” Jimmies head coach Thad Sankey said. “But, I think those are the things that happen that when you stay focused. You just approach that next game with the mindset that you need to. I mean, it would be great, it would be a really cool thing.”
These two teams have played 36 times previously with the Jimmies holding a 30-6 record. The two teams played earlier this season on Oct. 23 with a buzzer-beating three from the Comets' Jordan Zrust rimming out to give the Jimmies the 76-74 win.
The Jimmies and Sankey are looking forward to the game and the potential for it to be as much of a battle as the previous game was.
“We’ll see. It would be good if it was. It’s always good to play tight games and competitive games and for us we know we know we are going to be in a tough environment,” Sankey said. “It would be a good experience for our players to be there again.”
In the Jimmies first two games of the season they had north of 20 fouls, whereas, in the win against Presentation, the team had 14 fouls.
“Part of playing aggressively means we are going to pick up some fouls and every time we have early season games, you always have to problem solve how those games are going to be played. I think we have done a nice job even though we have had some girls who get individual fouls,” Sankey said. “I think we’ve done a nice job of playing without our hands and keeping our feet in front of the ball. Those are situations and scenarios that we are a lot better at this year.”
This season the Jimmies are led offensively by Hannah Demars’ 15.0 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. Kia Tower leads the team in assists with 4.7 helpers per game.
This season the Comets are led by Zrust’s 16.3 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game.
One of the big points of emphasis from Sankey and his staff in the lead up to this game is hitting the boards hard and grabbing offensive rebounds.
“We were minus 10 on the boards in the first game. We overcame that in a couple of different ways but it would be really nice if we didn’t have to do that. If we would’ve rebounded better and grabbed some more offensive rebounds,” Sankey said. “I think we only had eight in that first matchup and so those are things for us, we need to generate more possessions. We need to generate more opportunities to score.”