JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Hot perimeter shooting powered the University of Jamestown to a 111-48 win over the Waldorf University women's basketball team during Friday's North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) matchup.
The Jimmies (16-4, 11-0), who are ranked No. 12 in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II poll, were seemingly on target most of the night in the wire-to-wire victory. They shot 57.4 percent, going 39-of-68 from the field and a school-record 20-of-39 (51.3 percent) from 3-point range.
The Warriors (2-20, 0-10) were held to a 31.5-percent shooting effort as they finished 17-of-54 from the floor and 4-of-20 (20 percent) behind the arc. Aside from scoring 60 points from downtown, Jamestown also controlled the paint where they outscored Waldorf by a 28-20 margin.
The Jimmies converted on 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) trips to the free-throw line and the Warriors hit 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) foul shots.
The Warriors received seven points apiece from sophomore Taylor Fricke and redshirt freshman Angie Gore. Fricke turned in team-highs with seven rebounds and two steals. Junior Peyton Russell scored six points. Sophomore Meriel Leavy provided five points and five boards. Junior April Jones contributed four points.
For the second straight game, Waldorf was without sophomore starters Samantha Birkes and Ameh Ogbemudia. Birkes and Ogbemudia are two of the top scorers for the Warriors, averaging 12.4 points and 12.3 points, respectively this season.
Kyra Dewald led the charge for Jamestown, producing game-highs with 29 points and seven steals. Dewald, who also handed out four assists, shot a scorching 71.4 percent as she went 10-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from 3-pointland. She also sank 4-of-5 (80 percent) attempts at the charity stripe.
Allison Jablonsky poured in 16 points for the Jimmies, hitting 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) shots from the floor and 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) attempts behind the arc. Paige Emmel chipped in 12 points off the bench, shooting 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from 3-point range. McKayla Orr closed out the game with 11 points and five rebounds. Orr knocked down 60 percent of her field-goal attempts, finishing 3-of-5 from the floor and also converted on all four of her free-throw attempts.
Taylor Hammer grabbed six rebounds to lead Jamestown to a 40-31 advantage on the boards. The Jimmies claimed a 14-13 edge on the offensive boards to post an 18-11 advantage in second-chance points.
Thirteen of Jamestown's 14 players who saw action scored. The Jimmies generated a 59-18 advantage in bench points over the short-handed Warriors, who relied on eight players during the contest.
Jamestown brought pressure defense, racking up 20 steals while forcing the Warriors to commit 28 turnovers. The Jimmies, who turned the ball over 12 times, cashed in on miscues with a 39-9 advantage in points off turnovers and outscored Waldorf 10-0 in fast-break points.
Leading by as many as 13 points in the closing minutes of the first quarter, Jamestown built a 24-14 advantage at the end of the opening stanza. The Jimmies extended their lead to 35 points in the second quarter and were on top 52-18 at halftime.
Jamestown shot 16-of-31 (51.6 percent) from the field and 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from 3-point range in the opening half. The Jimmies limited the Warriors to a 25-percent shooting effort in the first half as Waldorf went 6-of-24 from the floor and 2-of-9 (22.2 percent) behind the arc.
Continuing to pull away, Jamestown outscored the Warriors 59-30 the rest of the way. The Jimmies upped their shooting performance to 62.2 percent in the second half, going 23-of-37 from the field and 12-of-22 (54.5 percent) from downtown. Waldorf also improved, shooting 11-of-30 (36.7 percent) from the floor and 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from the perimeter.
Jamestown held an 81-35 lead after three quarters. The Jimmies stretched their lead to 65 points while outscoring the Warriors 30-13 in the fourth quarter.
The win marked the sixth straight victory for Jamestown, which completed a season sweep over Waldorf. Jamestown won the first season meeting, topping the Warriors 92-47 on Dec. 10 at Forest City.
Waldorf closes out its weekend road trip on Saturday, facing Valley City State University (16-7, 7-3) in a 3 p.m. tipoff at Valley City, N.D. The Vikings, who are receiving votes in the national poll, scored a 74-48 road win over the Warriors on Jan. 13.