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Hawks' season on line at Jamestown

The Dickinson State women's basketball team's season is on the line tonight against an opponent that has defeated the Blue Hawks twice already. But, DSU head coach Andre Goldberg said he likes his team's chances against Jamestown College. "I thin...

The Dickinson State women's basketball team's season is on the line tonight against an opponent that has defeated the Blue Hawks twice already.

But, DSU head coach Andre Goldberg said he likes his team's chances against Jamestown College.

"I think we match up well with them," Goldberg said.

The Jimmies have held a slight edge on the Blue Hawks in their two meetings this season. Jamestown won their home game in the series 69-66 on Dec. 2 and beat DSU 78-72 on Jan. 30 at Scott Gymnasium.

The teams meet at 4:30 p.m. today at the Jamestown Civic Center in the Dakota Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals. Jamestown has the No. 4 seed and DSU is No. 5.

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"The one here, after watching the film, it looked like we turned the ball over unnecessarily at times," Goldberg said. "We worked some pressure things and gave their guards a little bit of trouble. I like our matchup against them."

Jamestown (19-7, 9-5 DAC) is the highest-scoring team in the DAC, averaging 78.7 points per game, and leads the league with more than 43 rebounds per game.

Sophomore center Bridget Schuneman averages 13.8 points and 6.6 rebounds and freshman point guard Hannah Steele averages 12.9 points and 5.9 assists to lead the extremely balanced Jamestown lineup that has seven players averaging more than five points per game.

Goldberg said restricting Steele's impact will be the biggest key for the Blue Hawks.

"The main thing with them is that everything goes through Steele," he said. "You try to limit the amount of penetration she gets and the assists she has. That's the starting point."

As for the Blue Hawks?

Goldberg believes DSU will need a complete effort if it wants to move on in the tournament.

Three DSU players are scoring in double figures. Junior guard Kylee Bittner averages 12.6 points and 2.3 assists, senior forward Amber Adams averages 12.3 points and 6 rebounds and senior guard Kelsey Boedeker averages 11.4 points and 2.5 assists. Junior forward Mandy Mullock averages 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds.

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"I think we're playing very well right now, especially defensively and I feel we're doing some strong things offensively as well," Goldberg said. "People are really starting to click with each other."

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