Jimmies women's basketball struggles in 66-63 loss at Mayville

The Jimmies shot 35% from the field in the loss.

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Poor shooting sunk the University of Jamestown women’s basketball team in their 66-63 loss to Mayville State University. The loss drops the Jimmies to 3-1 on the season. The win improves the Comets record to 3-1.

The Jimmies opened the scoring when Macy Savela banked home a three with 9:40 to go in the first quarter. After a layup from Hannah Demars made the game 8-0, the Comets called their first timeout. The Comets got their first points of the game when Jordan Zrust hit a layup. The Comets went on a 7-0 run from 6:16 of the first quarter to the 3:20 mark of the first frame that saw them turn an 11-2 Jimmies lead into an 11-10 game. The run ended with 3:10 to go in the first quarter when Megan Oswald hit a jumper to make it 13-10.

The Comets tied the game up when Emma Passa drew a block under the basket and hit both free throws to make it 16-16. The Jimmies took the lead back with 8:07 to go in the second quarter off a layup from Audrey Rodakowski. The Comets took their first lead of the game when Zrust hit the layup and got fouled to make the game 21-18. The Jimmies tied the game up when Demars drove past her defender in the paint and hit the bucket making it 30-30 with one minute to go in the second quarter. The Comets’ CJ Decker hit a floater with four seconds left in the second quarter to make the game 34-32 at the half.

Jimmies head coach Thad Sankey’s message to his team at halftime was a simple one.

“To be tougher. I didn't think we handled that physical challenge that they imposed. I thought we executed some things pretty well from an Xs and Os perspective and did what our plan was, our half-court defense. Our half-court defense was pretty good," Sankey said. "We needed to shore up some of our pressing pieces and we were able to do that in the second half.”


The Jimmies tied the game up at the line with a free throw from Jaiyln Martinson making the game 41-41. The Jimmies took the lead back 4:02 into the third quarter thanks to a Demars three to make the game 39-36 in favor of the Jimmies. The Comets took the lead back, 41-40 on a layup from Zrust with one minute to go in the third quarter, drawing a Jimmies timeout.

With 7:39 to go in the fourth, the Comets’ Danneka Voegeli hit a layup to make the game 53-47. The Jimmies brought it back to a three point game when Noelle Josephson went to the line and split the pair, making the game 53-50. The Jimmies bench erupted as Demars splashed a three in front of her teammates with 5:30 to go to make the game 57-53 in favor of MSU. The Jimmies’ Noelle Josephson drove in and made it a one point game with 32.5 to go in the game. With 1.4 seconds left to go, the Jimmies took an inbound pass from under their basket and couldn’t get a shot off in time as the Jimmies fell 66-63.

The Jimmies are back in action at 2 p.m. on Nov. 13 when they open their GPAC season at the College of Saint Mary. The Comets are back in action at 5:30 p.m. on Nov.5 when they host Trinity Bible.

UJ 63, MSU 66

UJ: 16 16 12 19---63

MSU: 14 20 12 20--66

Scoring leaders:

UJ: Hannah Demars 20, Audrey Rodakowski 10, Kia Tower 9


MSU: Jordan Zrust 16, Danneka Voegeli 13, CJ Decker 12

Leading rebounders:

UJ: Demars 7, Tower 5, Jaylin Martinson 4

MSU: Voegeli 11, Erin Walcker 5, Zrust 4

Assists leaders:

UJ: Tower 3, Macy Savela 2, Demars 1

MSU: Decker 4, Zrust 3, Rocholl 2

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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