JAMESTOWN — Having to play the 14-deep the University of Jamestown women’s basketball team on the second night of a road back-to-back is a tall task.
Dickinson State faced that challenge Wednesday night at the Civic Center and seemed to run out of steam.
The No. 10-ranked Jimmies made it hard for the Blue Hawks to score all night and pulled away for a 67-47 win.
The Blue Hawks, off to an impressive 5-2 start under first-year head coach Mark Graupe, won at Valley City State Tuesday night, but had trouble finding enough juice against the 7-1 Jimmies.
“That happens sometimes,” Graupe said. “To play two good teams on a midweek trip and get a split, we’re happy with that.”
It was the first game in 11 days which counted for the Jimmies, who played Minot State and Augustana (S.D.) recently and play another tough D-II team Saturday at Concordia-St. Paul.
“Those games are so good for us,” Jimmie coach Greg Ulland said. “They’re tough for our kids because they’re competitive and they want to win, but regardless of the outcome they’ll help us in the end.”
The Jimmies surrendered just 20 first-half points Wednesday night and 27 over the final 20 minutes.
“Their man defense was tough,” Graupe said. “We missed some shots we’d normally make, but you have to give them credit, too.”
The Jimmies weren’t exactly crisp offensively, but consecutive 3-pointers from Carly Jensen and Hannah Steele pushed the lead over 10 for the first time with 13 minutes to play and it grew from there.
“They threw some different things at us and we struggled at times,” Ulland said. “They have a nice team. We feel pretty good about this win, because they’ve done some really nice things so far this season.”
Jensen had a game-high 15 points, including making 3-of-5 from deep. Steele added 14 points and five assists, while sophomore Jessica Buck had six points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
“Offensively, it wasn’t a great night for us, but that’s going to happen. When it does, you have to be able to get stops and we did a pretty good job of that most of the game,” Ulland said.
The Jimmies came out a bit flat, which disappointed Ulland.
“The one thing I thought where we were a little lacking was our overall enthusiasm,” he said. “You only get so many of these opportunities to play, especially at home, and you don’t want to waste them.”
The Blue Hawks were led by Dawne Degel’s 12 points. Leading scorer TaRicka Linzy had an off night with just six points on 3 of 23 shooting.
DICKINSON STATE (5-2): Jess Bygate 8, Dawne Degel 12, Mariah Duran 3, TaRicka Linzy 7, Alyssa Hildebrand 4, Jaidah Richardson 4, Ja’Lisa Gatlin 8, Rachael McDonough 2.
UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN (7-1): Jordan Bridges 2, Megan Pold 2, Hannah Steele 14, Carly Jensen 15, Kyra Dewald 3, Kaeli Kraska 3, Kadie Savage 3, Maggie Seter 3, Chelsey Frydenlund 4, Paige Emmel 4, Jessica Buck 11, Arei Stokes 3, Alexis Watts 5.
Halftime: UJ 29-20. Total fouls: DSU 18, UJ 17. Fouled out: DSU, Bygate. 3-point goals: DSU 5-14 (Degel 2, Duran, Linzy, Hildebrand). UJ, 8-23 (Jensen 3, Steele 2, Seter, Emmel). Rebounds: DSU 40 (Gatlin 8), UJ 50 (Buck 11). Assists: DSU 10 (Duran 4, Linzy 4), UJ 16 (Steele 5). Steals: DSU 10 (Gatlin 3), UJ 11 (Buck 4). Blocks: DSU 2 (Bygate, Linzy), UJ 2 (Bridges 2). Turnovers: DSU 18, UJ 20.