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Jimmies catch fire in 2nd half, roll DSU

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson State junior forward Ja’Lisa Gatlin, left, goes up for a shot against University of Jamestown’s Jordan Bridges during the Sam Milanovich Classic on Friday at Scott Gymnasium.

The No. 10-ranked University of Jamestown women’s basketball team spent the first 17 minutes of the game forgetting to get off the bus.

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However, over the next 23 minutes, the Jimmies caught fire and Dickinson State didn’t have answer.

Jamestown used a 32-9 run to open the second half en route to a 77-47 win over the Blue Hawks during the Sam Milanovich Classic on Friday at Scott Gymnasium.

“This isn’t the easiest place to play and that’s what we talked with our kids about,” Jamestown head coach Greg Ulland said. “(DSU) has such a great atmosphere. They have good support and they love playing here. I’ve been coming here since 1998 and it has a little bit of a mystique to it. There’s just something about this place that makes it tough to get going.

“I thought the kids really came out in the second half and jumped on the throttle.”

During the run in the second half, the Jimmies knocked in baskets from inside and outside the arch. Jamestown’s spark in the second half was Carly Jensen, who finished with 11 second-half points and ended with a game-high 16.

Jensen said the team’s game plan going into the second half was to start strong for the first five minutes — little did she know, the strong start would last the entire second half.

“Our coach always talks about the next five minutes,” Jensen said. “The first five minutes of the second half is crucial and he knew we needed a run otherwise we were going to go back and forth. If you win those first five minutes, the game becomes easier.”

The Blue Hawks — at times — couldn’t buy a basket going 8 of 37 (22 percent). DSU missed layups, open jump shots and went through a seven-minute period in the second half where the team was stuck on 35 points. In the same duration, the Jimmies scored 16 unanswered points.

“It just wasn’t happening for us,” said DSU sophomore guard TaRicka Linzy, who finished with a team-high 11 points. “I know if you keep shooting something is eventually going to fall. We just kept our heads up. We kept playing hard and never gave up.

“Jamestown was really going on offense in the second half. It just took off for them and we tried to play back. They are a really great team.”

DSU head coach Mark Graupe said there’s a reason why Jamestown is one of the top-ranked teams in the nation.

“You have the give the opponent credit,” he said. “They are just good defensively. They just play man-to-man. They don’t press you, they don’t zone and they just play straight man. You know it’s coming and it’s good.”

The 23-minute surge for the Jimmies started with a pair of 3-pointers from Jensen and Paige Emmel. Ulland said with a smile 3-pointers were hard to come by in the first half going 4 of 17 (24 percent). However, the 3-pointers weren’t so hard to come by in the second half as the team went 6 of 12.

“We want two runs — one in the first half and one in the second half, but it was those 3’s that sparked us going into the locker room with the lead,” Ulland said. “We just couldn’t seem to get over that hump in the first half. We are a very momentum driven team. We started the second half and Carly and Hannah (Steele) knocked down a couple of shots and that got the ball rolling.”

In the first half, the Blue Hawks and Jimmies battled through the first half as the game was tied on six different occasions — 9-9, 11-11, 13-13, 15-15, 20-20 and 23-23. The Jimmies went into halftime with a 28-26 lead.

Steele finished with 12 points. Though Steele and Jensen were the only two scorers in double-digits, Jamestown had six more players supplied at least four or more points.

“We have a pretty deep team, so when people sub in they can do their part as well,” Jensen said. “The nice thing is if one person isn’t hitting that night then another person will step up. We all have each other’s back.”

For the Blue Hawks, Ja’Lisa Gatlin supplied 10 points and three rebounds, while Mariah Duran had seven points. Jalyn Klauzer grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

DSU continues the Sam Milanovich Classic playing Mayville State at 5 p.m. today at Scott Gymnasium. Graupe said the team is forgetting the past and looking to the future.

“I quoted something from Pat Reilly — the GM for the (Miami) Heat — and what it said, ‘You have no choice on how you lose a game, but you do have a choice on how you respond and come back the next game,’” he said. “What we talk a lot about is the next play. If you mess up, you can’t get down about it and hang your head. It goes the same for the next game. You just move on from this. We are going to face another good Mayville team.”

UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN (8-1): Kyra Dewald 2-4 1-3 6, Kaeli Kraska 1-3 2-2 4, Hannah Steele 3-11 4-6 12, Carly Jensen 5-11 3-3 16, Kadie Savage 1-4 0-0 2, Maggie Seter 1-6 0-0 3, Chelsey Frydenlund 1-4 0-0 2, Paige Emmel 2-6 2-2 8, Jordan Bridges 1-3 2-2 4, Jessica Buck 4-8 0-1 9, Morgan Mathison 2-2 0-0 4, Alexis Watts 0-1 0-0 0, Megan Pold 3-5 1-1 7. Totals: 26-68 15-20 77.

DICKINSON STATE (5-3): Ja’Lisa Gatlin 4-9 2-4 10, Porsha Wadsworth 0-2 1-2 1, Dawne Degel 0-3 0-0 0, Alyssa Hildebrand 0-3 0-0 0, JaiDah Richardson 1-2 2-4 4, Mariah Duran 2-9 2-2 7, TaRika Linzy 5-13 0-2 11, Rachael McDonough 1-3 2-3 4, Hannah Beede 1-5 0-0 2, Jess Bygate 2-10 1-2 5, Jalyn Klauzer 2-4 0-1 4. Totals: 18-63 10-20 47.

Halftime: UJ 28-26. Total fouls: UJ 18 DSU 18. 3-point goals: UJ 10-29 (Jensen 3-7, Steele 2-4, Emmel 2-4, Buck 1-4, Seter 1-6, Dewald 1-2, Kraska 0-1, Savage 0-1), DSU 2-15 (Duran 1-6, Linzy 1-5, Gatlin 0-3, Hildebrand 0-1). Rebounds: UJ 49 (Bridges 7), DSU 49 (Klauzer 9). Assists: UJ 13 (Jensen 5), DSU 5 (Linzy 2). Steals: UJ 7 (Dewald 2), DSU 3 (three with 1). Blocks: UJ 3 (three with 1).Turnovers: UJ 10 (four with 2), DSU 22 (Richardson 4, Bygate 4).