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Dave Selvig / Forum News Service, Published February 24 2013

Jamestown College women top Valley City State

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Peaking late is the goal of all coaches, regardless of the sport.

Coach Greg Ulland has been trying to strike the right balance to have his Jimmies women hitting their stride late. Whatever he did is working.

Jamestown College, ranked 16th in the NAIA, will head to Sioux City, Iowa and the national tournament as a dangerous team after its latest impressive win, a 69-52 triumph over Valley City State in the Association of Independent Institutions tournament championship game at the Civic Center on Sunday.

“Give the girls all the credit. They’re pretty locked in right now on both ends of the floor,” Ulland said.

Defensively in their two games in the A.I.I. tournament, the Jimmies held their opponents to 28 points or fewer in three of four halves.

Offensively, they averaged nearly 80 points. It also helps when junior sniper Carly Jensen is raining in 3s like she did Sunday when she knocked down six of nine attempts, several seeming to come at critical times.

Interestingly, Jensen was not feeling it in warmups, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

“It seems like when I make a bunch in warmups them I’m off in the game. It’s not always like that. I don’t get too worried if I’m not making them in warmups,” she said. “When the game starts, hopefully they start to drop.”

They did Sunday as Jensen poured in a game-high 24 points. It also helps to have an ace distributor like Hannah Steele, who was named tournament MVP.

“If you’re open, Hannah’s going to get it to you,” Jensen said. “Playing with someone like that makes it a lot easier.”

Steele had 15 points and three assists and her second 3-pointer of the game put the Jimmies up by double figures for the first time at 43-32 with 15 minutes to play.

“I know I beat this to death talking about it, but the chemistry we have is just special,” Steele said. “I don’t even mean on the court necessarily. It’s off the court, too. We’re like sisters. I think that’s as big a reason for our success as anything we do on the court.”

VCSU (24-7): Lehner 8-17 2-4 20, Hummel 3-8 0-3 9, Titus 4-12 1-3 11, Jihad 2-5 0-2 4, Pederson 0-1 0-0 0, Ettle 0-0 0-0 0, Even 1-3 0-0 2, Lee 1-5 0-0 2, Hunter 1-4 0-0 2, Boehmlehner 0-0 2-2 2, Dixon 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-57 12-14 52.

JC (26-5): Ramlo 1-3 1-3 5, Schuneman 3-4 2-4 8, Steele 3-9 7-8 15, Jensen 6-10 6-6 24, Mathison 1-7 1-2 4, Savage 3-5 0-0 6, Seter 0-1 0-0 0, Frydenlund 0-1 0-0 0, Bridges 0-1 0-0 0, Buck 0-1 0-0 0, Roemmich 2-2 0-0 4, Pold 1-5 1-1 3. Totals 20-49 20-25 69.

Half: JC 31, VCSU 24. 3-point goals: VCSU 0-10 (Lehner 0-2, Titus 0-1, Jihad 0-2, Even 0-2, Lee 0-1, Hunter 0-1, Dixon 0-1), JC 9-23 (Ramlo 0-1, Steele 2-5, Jensen 6-9, Mathison 1-5, Seter 0-1, Frydenlund 0-1, Buck 0-1). Total fouls: VCSU 24, JC 19. Fouled out: Jihad. Rebounds: VCSU 32 (Titus 8), JC 41 (Bridges 7). Assists: VCSU 10 (Titus, Jihad 4), JC 12 (Mathison 5). Steals: VCSU 6 (Titus 4), JC 5 (Steele 2). Turnovers: VCSU 15, JC 21. Attendance–713.

Selvig writes for the Jamestown Sun