Nov. 30—The University of Jamestown's stifling defense helped the Jimmies record a 97-37 over Presentation College on Monday, Nov. 29.
The 97 points for the Jimmies (6-4) are the most points the team has scored in 1,078 days when they reached triple digits in a 100-41 win over Dakota State University on Dec. 17, 2018. This is the first time that the Jimmies put up 90-plus points in back-to-back games since they put up over 100 points in three consecutive games from Feb. 1-10, 2017.
The Saints (3-8) turned the ball over 14 times.
The tip was won by the Saints, but the Jimmies Kia Tower chased it down and threw it off a Saint to give the home team the ball. The Jimmies opened up their scoring when Audrey Rodakowski hit a putback layup with 8:15 to go to tie the game at 2-2.
The Jimmies took their first lead when Madelyn Schmidt sank a three to give the Jimmies the 5-2 lead with 7:10 to go in the first quarter. The Jimmies extended their lead out to 10 points when Jailyn Martinson stepped to the charity stripe and made it 14-4 with 4:25 to go in the first quarter.
The Saints brought it back to single digits off a basket from Nek Newell to make the game 18-10 with around 10 seconds to go in the first quarter.
The Jimmies opened the scoring in the second quarter when DeMars went coast to coast hitting the layup to make the game 20-10 with 8:35 to go in the second quarter. The Saints hit their only three of the game from Gabby Lopez from the corner to beat the shot clock with 5:15 to go in the second quarter. The Jimmies bench erupted when Martinson found Sarah Lenz for the triple to make it 45-18 at the half.
The Jimmies scored their first points of the second half on a jumper by Schmidt to make the game 48-22. The Jimmies extended their lead to past 30 points with a three from Lenz making the game 56-24. Washington put an end to the Jimmies' run with a left-handed floater with 3:45 to go in the third quarter to make the game 58-26.
With 4:40 to go in the game, Lenz hit the spot-up three to stretch the Jimmies lead to 78-35. A jumper from Jordynn Toliver with just over a minute to go gave the Jimmies their most points in two years, making the game 91-37.
The Jimmies crashed the boards hard in this game, which translated to second-chance points. The team had 47 rebounds with 35 of them coming defensively and 11 second-chance points.
"It was really good. Usually, if you're dominating offensive rebounds, it means you're missing shots at the same time. But, again our girls are committed to it. I like the way we cleaned up the defensive boards in the first half," Jimmies head coach Thad Sankey said. "I think we did a really nice job of that. We really limited them to only a couple offensive rebounds at the half. Those offensive boards are important to extend possessions and get second shots."
For the first time this season, freshman Lexis Trygg led the Jimmies in scoring, dropping a game high 20 points.
"It felt really good. I was really excited but I'm glad we came out with the dub and we were playing hard," Trygg said.
The Jimmies are back in action at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 when they host Doane University. The Saints are back in action at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 as they welcome in Mayville State University.
PC 37, UJ 97
PC: 10 8 16 3—37
UJ: 18 27 22 24—97
PC: Emma Ogitchida 14, Zoe Long Soldier 6, D'Asia Washington 4
UJ: Lexis Trygg 20, Sarah Lenz 15, Madelyn Schmidt 15
PC: Gabby Lopez 2, Jordan Kulczyk 1, Nek Newell 1, Julisa Vega 1
UJ: Kate Busek 5, Noelle Josephson 2, Hannah DeMars 2, Hannah Hagel 2
PC: Ogitchida 5, Newell 3, Soldier 3, Washington 3
UJ: Trygg 7, DeMars 6, Lenz 6