|Oregon Tech 24-9||15||14||23||11||63|
|Jamestown (N.D.) 26-5||24||20||23||20||87|
|Mar. 8, 2017|
|Sioux City, IA|
|Oregon Tech||Indv. Leaders||Jamestown (N.D.)|
|#22 Ashlei VANDENBRINK - 12||Points||#1 Kyra Dewald - 18|
|#14 Carly MCISAAC - 6||Rebounds||#33 Taylor Hammer - 8|
|#04 Morgan ROBERTS-ILI - 3||Assists||2 Players (#1,#2) - 3|
|Oregon Tech||Team Statistics||Jamestown (N.D.)|
|39.7% (23 - 58)||Field Goals %||43.8% (28 - 64)|
|35.7% (5 - 14)||3 Point Field Goals %||43.3% (13 - 30)|
|85.7% (12 - 14)||Free Throws||94.7% (18 - 19)|
|5||2nd Chance Pts||14|
SIOUX CITY, Iowa-- The Jimmie women found themselves with a chance to exact revenge for last year's first round exit from the NAIA National Championsip. As luck would have it, they faced Oregon Tech, the team that ended their season a year ago.
A key 13-0 first quarter run lifted the Jimmies to a 17-4 lead, and they never looked back in an 87-63 victory against the Owls. Jamestown improves to 26-5 this season and will face Davenport (Mich.) on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Davenport (31-3) advanced earlier Wednesday with an 80-73 win over Saint Francis (Ind.).
Bailey Nelson scored the first points of the game, putting Oregon Tech up 2-0 with 9:22 in the first quarter. Back-to-back buckets by McKayla Orr (JR/Ypsilanti, ND) gave Jamestown the lead, and after Nohea Waiwaiole tied it on the next possession, Kyra Dewald (SR/Jamestown, ND)'s three-pointer sparked a 13-0 run over the next 2:49 to give UJ a 13-point lead.
Jamestown led by 15 twice in the second quarter, the second time coming after Jory Mullen (SO/Pierre, SD)'s basket with 3:34 in the half, making it 35-20. The Owls went on a run of their own, scoring the next eight points to make it 35-28 with 1:49 left in the second.
The Jimmie responded with a Paige Emmel (JR/Bismarck, ND) three-pointer, a three-point play from Bryn Woodside (JR/Albert Lea, MN), and another Emmel three-ball suddenly made it a 16-point game. A late Oregon Tech free throw cut the UJ lead to 15 at the break.
After trailing by 18 early the third quarter, the Owls cut the deficit in half following a Morgan Roberts-Ili basket with 3:40 in the third. UJ closed out the quarter with 11 of the final 16 points and led by 15 going into the final frame.
The lead ballooned to 29 points after Lissy McCulloch (SO/Mountain Iron, MN) sank a pair of free throws with 2:23 to play, as the Jimmies led 85-56.
Oregon Tech entered the game allowing the second fewest points per game (55.53) in NAIA Division II. They gave up 70 or more points only twice this season before Jamestown's 87.
Dewald led all scorers with 18 points and was 4-of-6 beyond the arc. She also finished with five rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Emmel added 13 points off the bench, making three of her six long-range attempts. Taylor Hammer (SR/Grand Forks, ND) chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Orr had 11 points and three steals to go along with Alexis Watts (SR/Miller, SD) and her 10 points and seven rebounds.
Jamestown was 13-of-30 on three-point attempts and sank 18 of their 19 free throws. They also outrebounded Oregon Tech 41-32 and recorded 10 steals. The Owls turned the ball over one more time than the Jimmies (17-16), but Jamestown had a 29-9 advantage in points off turnovers. The Jimmies finished at 43.8% shooting compared to 39.7% for Oregon Tech.
Ashlei Vandenbrink led Oregon Tech with 12 points. Carly McIsaac and Waiwaiole finished with 10 each. The Owls end their season with a record of 24-9 and are now 1-5 in their five national championship appearances.