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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.”

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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

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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

Hello,
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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