ORANGE CITY, IA ( – The University of Jamestown women’s basketball team led No 2 Northwestern (Iowa) College 18-17 after one quarter Wednesday night, but the Red Raiders used a 50-23 scoring advantage in the second and third periods, taking an 88-58 victory in Great Plains Athletic Conference action.
Despite eight turnovers in the first ten minutes, Jamestown (13-16, 7-14 GPAC) shot 67 percent (8-for-12) and forced the Red Raiders into seven turnovers of their own.
The momentum shifted towards the home team in the second period, as UJ made only three of 15 shots and were outrebounded 16-7 (7-3 offensive) by NWC. The Red Raiders closed the first half on a 20-8 run and led 43-28 at the break.
Northwestern turned up the defense in the second half, limiting the Jimmies to only three field goals on 13 attempts and created seven turnovers. An 11-0 run early in the third, followed later by a 9-0 run essentially sealed the game for the Raiders.
Jory Mullen (SR/Pierre, SD) led UJ with nine points, while Grace Benz(FR/Steele, ND) and Marina Nowak (SR/Rogers, MN) both finished with eight.
Darbi Gustafson had a game-high 19 for Northwestern (24-3, 18-3 GPAC), who also had Kassidy De Jong (13) and Anna Kiel (12) hit for double figures.
Jamestown finishes the regular season Saturday against Morningside (Iowa) College at 2 p.m.