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DSU women dismantled by Jamestown's three-point shooting

With the deadly combination of lethal three-point shooting and disabling defense, the University of Jamestown women's basketball team toppled Dickinson State 84-51, staying undefeated in the North Star Athletic Association.

Dickinson State junior Lacey Waid dribbles while Jamestown's McKayla Orr guards on Thursday, Feb. 1 at Scott Gymnasium. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State junior Lacey Waid dribbles while Jamestown's McKayla Orr guards on Thursday, Feb. 1 at Scott Gymnasium. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

With the deadly combination of lethal three-point shooting and disabling defense, the University of Jamestown women's basketball team toppled Dickinson State 84-51, staying undefeated in the North Star Athletic Association.

"We don't match up with Jamestown very well," Dickinson State head coach Liz Lewis said. "There's a reason they're number one in the league. They can hurt you from the inside, hit threes. They're just a very good team and they're very well coached. We set some goals for tonight and we didn't quite reach what we wanted to do. It wasn't the best performance on our end."

Jimmie seniors McKayla Orr and Bryn Woodside lit up the floor on Thursday, February 1 at Scott Gymnasium. Woodside scored a team-high 18 points, going 4-for-8 from the three-point line, while Orr followed with 13 points.

At 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-4, respectively, Woodside and Orr are the shortest on the court, but still prove to be a powerful presence defensively, as well. Orr earned a team-high seven steals while Woodside roped in three rebounds.

Jamestown put up 12 steals, six blocks and limited DSU to 4-of-16 behind the arc, exhibiting why they rank number six in NAIA Division II basketball in blocks and three-point defense.

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"It's just a lot of hard work and them being on the same page," Jamestown head coach Greg Ulland said. "Those two, Bryn and (MyKayla) have played together all four years. They're both tenacious. Yeah, they're undersized but they have that determination and competitiveness and the other kids are starting to pick up on it."

Three other Jamestown players finished in double-digits. Juniors Marina Nowak and Jory Mullen contributed 12, with junior Jenna Doyle adding 10 points as well as nine rebounds.

"Number 21 (Doyle) really killed us on the boards last time," Lewis recalled of the Blue Hawks 78-37 loss to Jamestown earlier in the season. "Our goal was to keep her off the boards and we did it at some points, but you know, she still hurt us. She was one short of a double-double tonight."

The Jimmie defense limited Dickinson State to two points in the first four minutes of the second frame. In the third quarter, the Jimmies outscored the Blue Hawks 26-9.

The Blue Hawks (5-20, 0-12 NSAA) defense stepped up since seeing the Jimmies in their own territory on Jan. 19. During that contest, Jamestown (23-3, 12-0 NSAA) attempted 44 three-point shots and on Thursday, was limited to 24 attempts.

The Blue Hawks, who have a habit of racking up fouls, only accumulated four in the first half, while drawing 10. Jamestown sophomore Allison Jablonsky accrued three fouls with potent players Woodside and Orr getting called twice each. Both added another in the second half, but the Jimmies got a grip in the second half, preventing anyone from fouling out.

For the first time in a while, the Blue Hawks didn't face foul trouble. Junior guard Karen Hopkins, who fouls out more often than most, played 38 minutes while only committing one foul. The Blue Hawks had just 10 on the night, but didn't see much benefit from it.

"We didn't get to the foul line," Lewis said. "Only shooting five free throws in a game, we didn't get to the foul line. When we did we didn't make them. We shot sixty percent from the free-throw line."

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DSU junior Chelsey Borden scored 16 points for the Blue Hawks and five steals. Junior Riley Helmick added seven points, going just 1-for-3 from behind the arc.

Blue Hawk sophomore Jennifer Burnham came off the bench in the second half, scoring seven quick points before she appeared to twist her ankle and sat the rest of the game.

"She did well for us tonight. Chelsey had double-digits for us," Lewis said. "That's the thing, we had some good individual performances, but as a team, we weren't working together and that hurt us."

Jamestown 84, Dickinson State 51

J 25 19 27 13

DSU 19 10 9 13

J: Bryn Woodside 18, McKayla Orr 13, Jory Mullen 12, Marina Nowak 12.

DSU: Chelsey Borden 16, Riley Helmick 7, Jennifer Burnham 7, Karen Hopkins 6, Madison Hansen 6, Natalee Hafer 6, Tarissa Phipps 2, Isidora Tasovic 1.

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Total fouls: J 17, HDSU 10. 3-point goals: J 9-24 (Woodside 4), DSU 4-16 (Hafer 2-3). Rebounds: J 44 (Jenna Doyle 9), DSU 25 (Hopkins 5). Assists: J 16 (Woodside 4), DSU 9 (Hopkins, Helmick, Borden, Tasovic 2). Steals: J 12 (Orr 7), DSU 9 (Borden 5) Blocks: J 6 (Doyle 3), DSU 3 (Hansen 2). Turnovers: J 16, DSU 21.

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