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Jimmies women's hoops lose 69-63 to Concordia (Neb.)

Jan. 3—JAMESTOWN — The University of Jamestown women's basketball team was sunk by turnovers in a 69-63 loss to Concordia University (Neb.) on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Harold Newman Arena.

The Jimmies (7-7, 3-5) turned the ball over 28 times and gave up 33 points off those turnovers. Conversely, the Jimmies forced 10 turnovers and scored 12 points off those Bulldogs giveaways.

"It for sure made an impact in the game, swung momentum," Jimmies head coach Thad Sankey said. "It kept us from being aggressive offensively in the second half. So, I just felt like that was a key part in swinging that game from the first half to the second half."

The Jimmies trailed 8-2 early and Sankey trusted his team to fight through it as he did not call a timeout and the Jimmies were able to fight back and tie the game up at 10. The Jimmies took their first lead at 17-15 on a Hannah Hagel layup. The Jimmies would keep it going from there heading into the second quarter up 20-15.

"Some of having an experienced team is being in uncomfortable situations and trusting them through the middle of it," Sankey said. "We've learned this year that we can handle those early adversity pieces and I thought we did a nice job tonight."

The Jimmies woke up midway through the second quarter when Kate Busek three saw them take a 23-22 lead. After the Bulldogs (10-2, 6-2) took the lead at 24-23, the Jimmies responded to take the 31-25 lead and were able to make it 31-28 heading into the half.

The beginning of the third quarter did not start the way the Jimmies would've wanted as they turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions and saw the Bulldogs take a 40-36 lead. The Jimmies were able to trim their deficit down to one but the Bulldogs responded by stretching their lead out to as much as seven points in the second half.

The Jimmies were without their leading scorer, Kate Cordes after the sophomore suffered a concussion in practice.

"Kate's a great player and you always miss great players," Sankey said. "I was proud of the way our team stepped up. Some of it is girls that are in the rotation playing a little bit bigger role and finding shots in different spots and maybe more shots. Some of it is a player like Reagan Johnson who comes off the bench and plays a role well and gives us great defensive pressure and offense and defensive rebounds really dynamically. She did a good job for us tonight in that opportunity."

The Jimmies are back in action at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, when they go to Midland University.

"We just gotta lock into who we are again, focus on our strengths, figure out what we can improve on and work on that," Jimmies guard Kia Tower said.

CUNE 69, UJ 63

CUNE: 15 13 24 17 — 69

UJ: 20 13 15 15 — 63

Points leaders:

CUNE: Sadie Powell 21, Abby Kreiser 14, Kristin Vieselmeyer 12

UJ: Kia Tower 18, Audrey Rodakowski 11, Kate Busek 7, Samantha Paulsen 7, Jailyn Martinson 6

Assists leaders:

CUNE: Kendal Brigham 4, Mackenzie Toomey 4, Taysha Rushton 4, Powell 3

UJ: Tower 5, Hannah Hagel 2, Megan Oswald 2, Rodakowski 1, Paulsen 1, Reagan Johnson 1

Leading rebounders:

CUNE: Toomey 5, Powell 5, Rushton 4, Brigham 4, Vieselmeyer 4, Abby Kreiser 2, Abby Heemstra 1, Raelyn Kelty 1

UJ: Rodakowski 9, Tower 5, Hagel 5, Oswald 4, Busek 4, Sarah Lenz 4, Paulsen 3, Johnson 3, Martinson 2