Jimmies women's basketball look to win two in a row at Midland
The Jimmies are hoping to continue their momentum from a 15 point comeback on Nov. 17.
The University of Jamestown women’s basketball team heads to Midland University looking to win two in a row at 6 p.m. on Nov. 20 at Wikert Event Center. This is the Jimmies fifth away game of the season, in seven games.
The Jimmies (4-2,1-1) come into this game after taking down Dakota Wesleyan University 78-75 in overtime on Nov. 17. The Warriors (3-2, 0-1) come into this game after falling to Concordia University 93-52 on Nov. 17.
The two teams have played seven times with the Warriors owning a 4-3 record. The last time the two teams played was earlier this year on Feb. 6 when the Warriors won 80-74. In that game, the Jimmies were led by Kia Tower’s 14 points. The last time the Jimmies took down the Warriors was on Jan. 26, 2020, with the Jimmies winning 52-49.
The Jimmies keys in this game are to stay tight defensively, head coach Thad Sankey said.
“Defensively, we really have to get after their shooters. They shoot it a ton from pretty deep range. Midland looks to open up the game, by forcing more close outs and knocking shots down,” Sankey said. “ So, for them, they play with great spacing, so we have to load out to the ball side and switch out closeouts a little bit deeper.”
One of the Jimmies specific defensive keys in this game is concentrating on the Warriors Peyton Wingert. This season, Wingert is second on the team for points per game with 10.8 on 38.6% shooting. She also has found her way to the line this season, converting 77.3% of her free throws this campaign.
“Their forward Peyton Wingert, just controlling her drives. She drives it hard, especially right handed. We have to really work hard against her drive. They put her in spots that really open up right handed drives. So we’ll see if that’s something we can do, sometimes it is enough to just stay in front of a good driver that way,” Sankey said. “But, really, it’s about guarding her without fouling because she draws a lot of contact and gets to the free throw line pretty regularly.”
This season, the Jimmies are led by Hannah DeMars’ 13.8 points per game. DeMars also leads the team in rebounds per game with 7.0 and assists with 3.0. As a team, the Jimmies are shooting 38.8% from the field. The Jimmies best shooting night came in their 81-34 win over Presentation College on Oct.26, as they shot 47.8% from the field.
This season, the Warriors are led by Erin Prusa’s 11.6 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game. Wingert leads the team with 3.0 assists per game. As a team, the Warriors are struggling from beyond the arc, shooting 28%. Despite the team’s shooting struggles, Sankey does not want his team switching off on them.
“We’ll have to still get good closeouts. I know their numbers are lower, they have some really good individual shooters. Some of it is that they’ve had teams that have really pushed out to their shooters and made them dribble,” Sankey said. “For us, that is going to be a goal for tomorrow as well, we don’t want to just sit back and let them get hot again. We are going to guard them, those shooters that they have, we can guard them off the dribble, so we can extend our closeouts even more.”