Jimmies top former DAC opponent DSUFormer Dakota Athletic Conference team Jamestown College didn’t wait long to take a comfortable lead at Scott Gymnasium.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
Former Dakota Athletic Conference team Jamestown College didn’t wait long to take a comfortable lead at Scott Gymnasium.
It was about three minutes.
The Jimmies used a strong first half and quelled a comeback in the second half to defeat the Dickinson State women’s basketball team 62-50 in the Sam Milanovich Classic on Friday night.
“Right now our effort and competitiveness are really high,” DSU head coach Caleb Harrison said. “Our execution needs to catch up to where we are at.”
Though Jamestown jumped out to an early lead, head coach Greg Ulland said playing in Scott Gym isn’t so simple.
“It’s never easy here,” Ulland said. “I don’t know what it is, but they have such a good, home atmosphere. We got out of here with the W.”
The two teams are no longer conference opponents as DSU moved to the Frontier Conference and Jamestown stayed as an independent when the DAC disbanded.
The Jimmies (7-1) jumped out to an 8-2 lead after back-to-back 3-pointers from Hannah Steele and Carly Jensen at the 17-minute mark.
The Blue Hawks’ defense, however, went into crunch time. DSU then went on an 8-2 run to tie the game with an Ashley Jelly layup.
“We just wanted the players to keep attacking and keep shooting,” Harrison said. “Eventually our shots started going down. Unfortunately, we didn’t execute in some key moments.”
The Blue Hawks never took the lead in the first half, while Jamestown went on a 16-7 run to go into halftime. Bridget Schuneman, a senior from Lino Lakes, Minn., supplied a team-high 11 points at the half, while Steele, Jensen and Maggie Seter each had three points all on 3-pointers.
“Down in the locker room during halftime all we said is, ‘We got this,’” DSU senior center Jenna Cabello said. “We just need our shots to fall. It’s always a tough game against Jamestown.”
Ulland said when the team got away from Schuneman, that’s when DSU was able to make its comebacks.
In the second half, the Blue Hawks (2-3) went on their roll.
Schuneman played just 9 minutes in each half. But when it came down the stretch bench players Kayla Roemmich and Megan Pold stepped up. Roemmich finished with nine points off the bench, while Pold added two.
The Jimmies’ biggest first-half lead was 13 points, 32-19, but DSU was able to shoot 52 percent in the second half. The Blue Hawks got the score within two, 47-45, after a Dawne Degel three-point play. But that was the closest DSU would come.
“We had a couple mistakes, but our shots were definitely falling in the second half,” Cabello said. “We had a strong defensive effort.”
“Our shooters started shooting and we’ve got a really good shooting team,” Harrison added. “For whatever reason, we didn’t shoot well in the first half. I was really happy with our defensive effort.”
Jamestown only had seven turnovers, while the Blue Hawks committed 22. In turn, Jamestown was able to put up more shots and had three players in double figures. Schuneman led the Jimmies with 15, while Steele added 10 and Morgan Mathison supplied 13.
“Anytime we can keep the turnovers under double digits that means we are getting more shots,” Ulland said. “We tell the kids, ‘Anytime there’s a turnover, we don’t get a shot.’ We did a good job of taking care of the ball.”
Mariah Duran led the Blue Hawks with 10 points, while Janae Moore added nine points and 11 rebounds. Cabello came off the bench for nine points.
“(Cabello) did great,” Harrison said. “What doesn’t show up in the stat sheet is the job that she did on Schumenmann. She was a physical presence on the offensive end.
“A strength of ours is the overall depth and people that can attack the basket.”
DSU continues action in the Milanovich Classic playing Valley City State at 5 p.m. today at Scott Gym.
“Our number-one goal is to compete,” Harrison said. “We can continue to compete. We are going to start winning games.”
JC (7-1): Hannah Steele 1-7 7-8 10, Carly Jensen 2-8 0-0 6, Morgan Mathison 5-10 1-2 13, Amber Ramlo 1-7 2-2 4, Bridget Schuneman 4-10 7-12 15, Kaeli Kraska 0-0 0-0 0, Kadie Savage 0-4 0-0 0, Maggie Seter 1-3 0-0 3, Chelsey Frydenlund 0-0 0-0 0, Kayla Roemmich 3-5 3-5 9, Megan Pold 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 18-56 20-29 62.
DSU (2-3): Lorna Shepherd 2-7 2-4 6, Yianna Nadeau 2-6 0-0 4, Mariah Duran 4-10 1-1 10, Janae Moore 4-7 0-1 9, Jess Bygate 2-4 0-0 4, Dawne Degel 1-2 2-3 4, Ashley Jelly 1-3 2-2 4, Jenna Cabello 4-9 1-4 9, Jaylyn Klauzer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-48 9-17 50.
Halftime: JC 26-17. Total fouls: JC 20, DSU 18. 3-point goals: JC 6-21 (Steele 1-3, Jensen 2-6, Mathison 2-4, Ramlo 0-4, Savage 0-2, Seter 1-2), DSU 1-11 (Shepherd 0-1, Nadeau 0-2, Duran 1-6, Degel 0-1, Jelly 0-1). Rebounds: JC 30 (Ramlo 8), DSU 42 (Moore 11). Assists: JC 9 (Savage 2, Seter 2), DSU 5 (Duran 2, Jelly 2). Steals: JC 8 (Mathison 3), DSU 1 (Degel 1). Blocks: DSU 3 (Degel 2). Turnovers: JC 7 (Schuneman 3), DSU 22 (Duran 7).