JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – In a Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup of two top-20 teams, it was No. 5 Northwestern (Iowa) College coming away with a 73-71 win over the 20th-ranked University of Jamestown women’s basketball team.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: (5) Northwestern 73, (20) Jamestown 71
LOCATION: Harold Newman Arena, Jamestown, ND
RECORDS: Northwestern 9-1 (5-1 GPAC), Jamestown 5-6 (2-5 GPAC)

HOW IT HAPPENED
*Jamestown trailed by 11 points with 2:23 left in the first half, but closed with a 9-1 run to make it a 33-30 Northwestern lead at the half.
*The Jimmies shot 5-for-14 from both three-point range and inside the arc in the first 20 minutes.
*Northwestern was just 2 of 9 on three-pointers, but scored nearly half of their points (16) inside the paint.
*In the third quarter, neither team managed more than a three-point lead.
*Noelle Josephson (FR/Ramsey, MN) gave UJ a 67-65 lead on a three-pointer with 2:41 remaining. Northwestern retook the lead with a three of their own by Sammy Blum, then got an insurance bucket by Hailey Birks to make it 70-67.

FOR UJ
*Josephson made her second straight start and finished with a career high 19 points and tied career highs with seven rebounds and five steals.
* Emma Stoehr (SO/Woodbury, MN) added 15 points and dished out eight assists, a new career high.
*Jenna Doyle (SR/Princeton, MN) was also in double figures with 12 points.
*Jamestown shot 40.6% (26 of 64) in the game.
*UJ turned 18 Red Raider turnovers into 19 points.

FOR NWC
*Three players–Birks (26), Darbi Gustafson (20), and Kassidy De Jong (20) accounted for 66 of the Red Raiders’ 73 points.
*Gustafson pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and added three steals.
*NWC was just 3 of 11 from three-point range.
*The Raiders had a 38-28 edge in points in the paint and a narrow 13-12 advantage in second-chance points.

UP NEXT
*Jamestown travels to Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday for a GPAC matchup against Morningside (Iowa). Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

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