1st Half Woes Hurt VCSU Women vs. Jamestown

Jamestown women 81, VCSU 64
Wednesday at Osmon Fieldhouse

JC 47 34 — 81
VCSU 22 42 — 64

Top performers:
JC: Hannah Steele 17 points, 6 assists; Bridget Schuneman 14 pts.
VCSU: Brittany Lehner 17; Alyssa Hummel 14 pts; Courtney Titus 6 rebounds

For better or worse, rivalry games tend to bring out plenty of unexpected moments.
Wednesday at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, the No. 24 Valley City State womens basketball team was on the wrong side of the equation in an 81-64 loss to No. 15 Jamestown College.
The Vikings were stifled by a strong defensive effort by the Jimmies, who parlayed it into strong offense, shooting 64 percent to go up 47-22 at halftime.
"Certainly not the first half I was expecting," VCSU coach Jill DeVries said. "Kudos to Jamestown. They brought a lot of positive energy to the game and I think when you do that, you make shots, and they made shots, obviously"
It was a deficit Valley City couldn't recover from, despite outscoring the Jimmies 42-34 in the second half.
Valley City never led in the game and only tied it once, when Alyssa Hummel had a layup that tied it 2-2. Otherwise, it was a constant game of catch up.
The Jimmies scored the first points of the game on a layup by Carly Jensen. Hummel then tied it 2-2, but Jamestown went up 5-0 on a 3-pointer by Hannah Steele.
Hummel narrowed the lead to 5-4, but the Jimmies used a 3-pointer from Morgan Mathison to start a 6-0 run that upped the lead to 11-4.
From there, Valley City had trouble finding points, and when they did, they were unable to get a run longer than 4-0, partially because of missed shots, including several layups, and partially because of rebounding issues.
On the other side of the court, Jamestown found its stride around the court. All-American Bridget Schuneman and post players Megan Pold and Kayla Roemmich used their size to create problems and find points down low. But when they needed to, they kicked it out to Morgan Mathison or Maggie Seter to drop a 3-pointer, and also found chances at the free throw line.
It led to a 8-0 run to make it 19-7, then a 10-0 run to make it 29-11, then continued chipping away from there, taking the 47-22 lead into halftime.
At the half, Steele led Jamestown with 10 points, but five other Jimmies had at least 5. They finished the half shooting 16-25 (64 percent), including 5-12 from the 3-point line.
"That first half, they played it to perfection," said Jamestown coach Greg Ulland. "There was about a handful of little things we could have done a little bit better, but they played extremely well that first half. We came out, jumped on them, and set the tone."
VCSU finished the first half shooting 8-24 and were 0-3 from long distance. The Vikings' struggles continued early in the second half, with the Vikings losing by as many as 29 points at times before VCSU got its first significant run of the game, a 13-4 streak that ended with just under nine minutes left and narrowed the deficit to 64-44.
The Vikings shot better in the second half, finishing 13-32 from the field, but continued struggling from distance, hitting their only 3-pointer with 3:30 left to play.
Steele finished with 17 points for Jamestown and Schuneman had 14. Six other Jimmies had at least six points.
Brittany Lehner led VCSU with 17 points and Hummel had 14. Katie Ralston finished with nine points and Courtney Titus had six rebounds despite being in foul trouble.