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Jimmies Roundup: Five reach double digits in win over Morningside

The University of Jamestown womens basketball team faced Morningside University on Jan. 2.

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The University of Jamestown womens basketball team picked up a win over Morningside University on Monday afternoon.
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JAMESTOWN — Five players scored in double figures for the University of Jamestown women's basketball team Monday afternoon in an 82-70 win over Morningside (Iowa) University at Harold Newman Arena.

The Jimmies improve to 12-2 overall and 7-1 in the GPAC while the Mustangs fall to 8-5 overall and 3-5 in the conference.

Hannah DeMars led all players with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists for Jamestown, which extended its winning streak to a season-high six games and counting.

Kate Busek added 12 points, Jailyn Martinson and Katie Cordes each finished with 11 and Audrey Rodakowski 10 to help UJ snap a string of seven straight losses to Morningside.

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The Mustangs started out Monday with a 13-4 lead and eventually went up by double digits on Olivia Larsen's basket with 1:24 in the first. Kia Tower scored five straight points to end the quarter and get the Jimmies within five going into the second.

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Jamestown held Morningside to 3-of-14 shooting in the second quarter while making five of their seven field goals from three-point range to lead 32-30 at the break. An 11-0 run including consecutive threes by Cordes, Busek, and Tower turned a 20-13 deficit into a 24-20 lead. The Mustangs trailed by as many as eight with 2:44 in the half but closed on a 6-0 run to make it a one-possession game.

The teams combined for 47 points in a back-and-forth offensive showing in the third quarter. DeMars scored to put Jamestown in front 39-34 at the 8:05 mark, but Morningside used a 10-0 run to take a five-point lead of their own just over two minutes later.

The Mustangs hit their first six field goal attempts and a pair of free throws before missing a shot nearly five minutes into the half. A pair of free throws by DeMars reclaimed a one-point edge for UJ, then over the final 4:42 of the third, the lead changed eight times before the Jimmies went up 56-53 entering the final quarter.

Morningside got as close as 58-55 after Sophia Peppers scored with 9:15 to play, then DeMars converted a three-point play and recorded a steal on the following possession, taking it all the way in for a layup and an eight-point Jimmie lead.

UJ shot 73 percent in the fourth, including 7-for-8 inside the arc, and were 9-of-11 from the free throw line.

Jamestown outshot the Mustangs .500 to .433 and had a 20-15 advantage in points off turnovers. Morningside's bench outscored the Jimmies' 29-13 and the Mustangs had a 35-26 edge in rebounds.

Lily Vollertsen had 17 points to lead the visitors, who also got 11 points from Peppers and nine from Chloe Lofstrom.

The Jimmies will play at Northwestern (Iowa) College at 5 p.m. Friday.

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