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Dave Selvig / Forum Communications Co., Published January 14 2011

Jamestown women's basketball team picks up key DAC victory against Valley City State

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – After narrowly missing a win against a ranked team on the road Saturday, the Jamestown College women got it done at home Thursday.

The Jimmies stayed right in the thick of the Dakota Athletic Conference race by finishing strong down the stretch to beat rival Valley City State 75-67 at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The Jimmies scored 12 of the last 15 points of the game to improve to 3-2 in league play and 13-4 overall.

“Huge win for us. A big confidence booster,” said star freshman point guard Hannah Steele. “Valley City is a good team. To get this win at home is big for us.”

The Jimmies, the No. 1 scoring team in the conference, won this one at the defensive end, holding the No. 24-ranked Vikings (2-3, 12-7) to just 28 second-half points.

“Defensively, we executed much better in the second half,” JC coach Greg Ulland said. “That was our focus. Going back to the second half against Black Hills (Saturday) and the first half of this game, we just didn’t play good enough defensively.

“The second half, to hold them to 28 points, that’s a really nice effort.”

As expected, the game went down to the final two minutes and it was freshman Carly Jensen who delivered the key dagger.

After missing her first eight 3-point attempts, No. 9 finally went down, putting the Jimmies up to stay 66-64 with 1 minute, 5 seconds left.

The Jimmies surrendered just four points over the final four minutes and 25 seconds.

They iced it at the free-throw line late. Steele made four straight as part of a 22-point, 6-assist performance for the freshman from Circle Pines, Minn., who is fifth in the NAIA in assists per game (5.5).

“With our team, it seems like every game someone different steps up and makes big plays and big shots for us,” Steele said. “That’s just the type of team we have. That’s what’s made us successful.”

Casey Geffre, another freshman, had 14 points for the Jimmies, six of them coming late.

VCSU: Wojahn 2, Bearstail 9, Brown 25, Mitchell 6, Johnson 11, Lehner 10, Bindas 4.

JC: Shaikoski 5, Ramlo 2, Schuneman 10, Steele 22, Williams 7, Jensen 5, Geffre 14, Artz 6, Roemmich 4.

Half: VCSU 39, JC 38. 3-point goals: VCSU 7-19 (Brown 4, Johnson 2, Bearstail), JC 10-30 (Artz 2, Geffre 2, Williams 2, Steele, Jensen, Shaikoski). Rebounds: VCSU 30 (Johnson 8), JC 36 (Schuneman 6). Assists: VCSU 12 (three tied with 3), JC 11 (Steele 6). Total fouls: VCSU 21, JC 17. Steals: VCSU 6 (Wojahn 3), JC 9 (Geffre 4).

Selvig is the sports editor for the Jamestown Sun