DICKINSON, N.D. (JimmieAthletics.com) -The University of Jamestown Jimmie women’s basketball team forced 27 turnovers in defeating the Dickinson State Blue Hawks 79-76 at Scott Gymnasium in Dickinson Wednesday night.
Noelle Josephson (SO/Ramsey, MN) scored 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting overall, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range and scored seven of the team’s final eight points over the last minute and a half to seal the victory.
The Jimmie bench outscored the Blue Hawk reserves 39-21 and scored 29 points off of turnovers, compared to just eight for Dickinson State.
Grace Benz (SO/Steele, ND) came off the bench to score a season-high 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and made three of her five 3-point field goal attempts while Olivia Anderson (SR/Edgeley, ND) knocked down five of six shots from the floor to score 10 points and also grabbed a team high six rebounds.
The Jimmies ran out to a 25-18 lead at the end of the first quarter and increased the lead to 31-22, but the Blue Hawks put together a 19-0 run to lead 41-31 with just over four minutes left to play in the first half and took a 44-37 advantage into the break.
UJ owned the third quarter to retake the lead, outscoring Dickinson State 19-10 to grab a slim 56-54 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
The Blue Hawks tied the game at 59 early in the final quarter, but UJ re-established the lead as Benz scored six consecutive points on a 3-point field goal and a layup and a made foul shot.
Dickinson State took their only lead of the fourth quarter at 68-67 before Josephson nailed a 3-point shot with just over three minutes left and the Jimmies never trailed again.
UJ (3-1) will travel to Valley City a week from tonight to take on the VCSU Vikings.
MBB: #16 Jimmies 91, Dickinson State 83
University of Jamestown freshman post player Mason Walters (FR/Jamestown, ND) dominated the Dickinson State Blue Hawks, scoring 25 points and grabbing 18 rebounds as the Jimmies won 91-83 at Scott Gymnasium in Dickinson to improve to 5-1 on the season.
UJ led 37-29 at halftime and rolled out to a 61-41 lead with over 12 minutes left in the second half.
The Blue Hawks chipped away over the next nine minutes to cut the advantage in half, 80-70, with 3:42 remaining in the game.
The Jimmies stretched the lead back to 13 with two minutes left and were never threatened down the stretch.
Walters made 10 of 13 shots from the floor, including three of four 3-point shots. They were his first made 3-point shots of his career after beginning the season 0-for-5. He is averaging 20.5 points per game over his last four games, all Jimmie victories, and has grabbed 35 rebounds in his last two outings.
Terrell Alfred (SR/Orlando, FL) put together his second consecutive solid outing with 20 points, while Jack Talley (JR/Sioux Falls, SD) added 16 and Isaiah Dobson (SR/Stillwater, MN) chipped in with 10.
After struggling in his first four games, Alfred has scored 47 points and made 17 of 28 shots from the floor in the Jimmies’ last two games.
UJ shot 50% from the floor, hitting 33 of 66 shots, marking the second consecutive game they have made at least 50% of their shots after not reaching that mark in the first four games.
The Jimmies dominated by the Blue Hawks on the boards, outrebounding them 57-27, including a 14-5 advantage on the offensive end.
UJ is off this weekend before traveling to Valley City State next Wednesday.