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Jimmies use second half to edge DSU

Photo by John M. Steiner/Forum Communications Co. Dickinson State senior Kylee Bittner, left, dribbes past Jamestown College's Casey Geffre on Saturday during a women's basketball game at the Jamestown Civic Center.

JAMESTOWN -- Shots finally started falling for the 11th-ranked Jimmie women Saturday night -- just in time to stave off a game effort from the Blue Hawks.

Jamestown College knocked down eight second-half 3-pointers to overcome a sluggish opening 20 minutes en route to a 72-62 Dakota Athletic Conference win over Dickinson State at the Civic Center.

"The second half was Jimmie basketball," JC coach Greg Ulland said of his team's 48-point half. "Dickinson State is tough. In the first half they came out and punched us in the mouth. At halftime we challenged our girls to go out and punch them in the mouth, to respond, and we did."

The Blue Hawks, and standout senior Kylee Bittner, led by as many as six in the first half and 27-24 at the break.

Ashley Jelly's three-pointer with 16 minutes left in the game put the Hawks, up 34-29, but a barrage of triples by the Jimmies ensued.

"I thought our girls did a good job of battling through a lot of stuff tonight," DSU coach Andre Goldberg said. "Jamestown College is a great team. They did a really good job of finishing."

It was an efficient outing for the Jimmies (23-3, 3-0 DAC), who had 22 assists on their 24 baskets. They knocked down eight of 11 threes in the second half, Hannah Steele splashed in four and Kellie Schuneman three.

"Shooting is contagious, we've been preaching that the last several weeks," Ulland said. "We hit a couple and you could just see the girls relax. It was like a weight had been lifted."

Schuneman's second long ball of the second half made it 64-58 with 2 minutes, 30 seconds to go and her third and final three of the game iced it with less than a minute left.

"Nothing's going to be easy for us," Ulland said. "I think our girls understand that. We're going to take everybody's best shot and Dickinson State deserves credit. They played well."

It was another tough setback for the Blue Hawks (9-17, 1-2 DAC), who have played a challenging schedule and been on the wrong end of several tight games.

"I do feel like we're close. We're giving ourselves a chance in these games against quality opponents," Goldberg said. "Hopefully it will be a benefit for us as the season progresses."

Bittner poured in a game-high 25 points for the Blue Hawks, including 16 in the second half. She only missed four of her 11 shots and also sank nine of 11 free throws.

"Kylee really played well. She's one of the better players in the conference," Goldberg said.

Steele had 16 points and four assists for the Jimmies. Bridget Schuneman had another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kellie Schuneman added 12 points and Maggie Seter's five assists were a game-high for the Jimmies.

Selvig is the sports editor of The Jamestown Sun, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

DICKINSON STATE (9-17, 1-2 DAC): Mandy Mullock 1-6 1-2 3, Yianna Nadeau 4-6 2-2 11, Ashley Jelly 2-4 0-0 4, Kylee Bittner 7-11 9-11 25, Jessica Nieves 2-8 5-5 9, Jordyn Bender 3-7 0-0 8, Devan Koch 0-0 0-0 0, Janae Moore 0-3 0-0 0, Jenna Cabello 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 20-47 17-20 62.

JAMESTOWN COLLEGE (23-3, 2-1 DAC): Nicole Ahlers 0-1 0-0 0, Amber Ramlo 3-9 1-2 7, Bridget Schuneman 4-6 5-8 13, Hannah Steele 5-11 2-4 16, Kellie Schuneman 3-5 3-4 12, Kaeli Kraska 1-2 0-0 3, Carley Jensen 2-7 0-0 6, Kadie Savage 0-0 0-1 0, Maggie Seter 1-1 1-2 4, Casey Geffre 0-3 1-4 1, Jordan Bridges 0-1 0-0 0, Hannah Elshaug 1-2 0-0 2, Morgan Mathison 0-3 0-0 0, Megan Pold 4-4 0-0 8. Totals: 24-55 13-25 72.

Halftime: DSU 27-24. Total fouls: DSU 22, JC 18. 3-point goals: DSU 5-10 (Bittner 2-5, Bender 2-3, Nadeau 1-1, Nieves 0-1), JC 11-28 (Steele 4-9, K. Schuneman 3-4, Jensen 2-7, Setter 1-1, Kraska 1-2, Ramlo 0-1 Geffre 0-2, Mathison 0-2). Rebounds: DSU 30 (Nieves 6), JC 38 (B. Schuneman 10). Assists: DSU 10 (Jelly 3), JC 22 (Seter 5). Steals: DSU 6 (Jelly 2, Bender 2), JC 6 (six with 1). Blocks: DSU 2 (Mullock 2), JC 3 (three with 1). Turnovers: DSU 21 (Nadeau 7), JC 17 (Steele 5, K. Schuneman 5).