Jan. 22—The University of Jamestown women's basketball proved their mental toughness again in a 90-84 overtime win Friday, Jan. 21 over the Doane Tigers.
The Jimmies (13-8, 6-7) came back from a 17-point deficit in the second half to get the win. The Tigers (9-12, 3-10) struggled shooting the ball down the stretch, missing their last eight field goal attempts stretching back to 42 seconds left in regulation.
The Tigers' Ashley Teten hit a layup to make it 51-34 with just over eight minutes to go in the third quarter. With 7:42 to go, the Jimmies' Kia Tower splashed a three to make it 51-37.
The Jimmies' Macy Savela hit step back 3-pointer to make it 51-42 with 6:05 to go in the third quarter. The Jimmies brought it back to single digits again after a 3-pointer from the top of the arc by Macy Savela to make it 52-45 with 3:50 to go in the third. With 3:07 to go in the third, Schmidt hit a 3-pointer to cut the Tigers lead to 57-48. After a steal, Tower found Hannah DeMars under the basket who hit the layup to make it 59-50 late in the third.
Early in the third quarter with the Jimmies down 57-31, head coach Thad Sankey subbed in an entirely new five, in hopes of re-energizing his team.
"We went to the second unit a couple minutes into the third quarter and they jump started us and we were able to start cuing in on some lineups that made a difference for us," Sankey said. "They've got confidence, they play well, they play hard. They have specific jobs that they know we need them to do. So, that is something that goes a long way and makes a big difference."
Moments into the final quarter, Josephson spotted up from deep and hit the three to make it 59-55. The Tigers' Mak Hatchliff hit a layup to make it 63-57 with 7:01 to go in the fourth quarter. The Jimmies' Jailyn Martinson stole a ball and hit the layup to make it 63-60 with 6:39 to go in the game. Schmidt splashed a corner three to make it 70-68 with 4:10 to go, giving the Jimmies their first lead since 14-13.
The Tigers' Kali Staples hit a long two to make it 72-70 with 3:34 to go. With just over a minute to go, The Tiger's Maddie Davis drove in and hit the layup to make it 72-72. Davis drove in on the other end and got the bucket and the foul to make it 75-72 with 42.5 seconds to go. Out of a timeout, Josephson drove in and hit a layup to tie the game up at 78 with 11 seconds to go.
With 4:22 to go in the first overtime, Martinson drove in and hit the layup but she missed the and-one and DeMars got sent to the line. At the stripe, DeMars split the pair to put the Jimmies up 81-79. With 2:47 to go, Josephson hit the layup to make it 83-81 in favor of the Jimmies. Tower went to the line with 1:35 to go and hit both to make it 85-83 with 1:33 to go. With 25 seconds to go, DeMars got fouled and hit the first and the second to make it 87-83 in favor of the Jimmies.
The Jimmies mental toughness and ability to fight back in games comes from their communication according to Josephson.
"We are a really close group, and we are able to talk to each other and I think that helps a lot with being able to buckle down and get it done," Josephson said.
The Jimmies are back in action at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, when they face Hastings. The Tigers return to the court at 2 p.m. Saturday when they face Dakota Wesleyan
UJ 90, DU 84
UJ: 18 16 18 26 12 — 90
DU: 23 22 14 19 6—84
UJ: Noelle Josephson 21, Hannah DeMars 20, Madelyn Schmidt 13, Kia Tower 13
DU: Mak Hatcliff 31, Olivia Nall 19, Ashley Teten 10, Maddie Davis 10, Sydney Roth 10
UJ: Tower 6, DeMars 3, Josephson 2
DU: Kali Staples 4, Hatcliff 3, Davis 2, Boston Boucher 2
UJ: DeMars 9, Josephson 9, Tower 7
DU: Hatcliff 10, Davis 6, Nall 4, Roth 4