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VCSU vs. Jamestown College basketball preview

January 30, 2013

VCSU vs. Jamestown
Wednesday at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
5:30 p.m. women, 7:30 p.m. men

Note: VCSU has announced that the game will be a "White Out." VCSU fans are encouraged to wear white gear to the games.
The games can be streamed at Vikings.vcsu.edu. The Times-Record will have scoring updates at Facebook.com/VCTimesRecord and Twitter.com/VCTimesRecord

Women:

No. 24 VCSU
18-4 overall
Brittany Lehner: 11.82 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game
Katie Ralston: 10.76 points per game, 4.33 rebounds per game

No. 15 Jamestown
19-4 overall
Bridget Schuneman: 11.57 ppg, 5.29 rpg
Amber Ramlo: 9.35 ppg, 7.87 rpg

Last season:
JC 61, VC 60 (1-22-12)
JC 49, VC 47 (2-1-12)
JC 56, VC 44 (2-8-12)
VC 58, JC 50 (2-25-12, A.I.I. Tournament)

Outlook:
Just a few weeks ago, this matchup was poised to be a battle of top-15 teams from the NAIA Division II. Though the Vikings had a loss to Mayville State that dropped them in the rankings, it still features two nationally-ranked teams that are hoping to return to the national championship tournament.
Both teams enter the game with a bevy of options, many of which are still familiar with each other after last year's rivalry. Jamestown is led by returning All-American Bridget Schuneman, who has 11.57 points per game. Carly Jensen, Hannah Steele and Amber Ramlo all average over nine points per game, as well.
The Vikings counter it with a deep offense led by Brittany Lehner and Katie Ralston, but also get significant contributions from guard Courtney Titus, post player Alyssa Hummel, as well as numerous players off the bench.

Men

No. 22 VCSU
17-5 overall
Key players:
Sekani Milligen: 19.91 points per game; John Raquel 12.21 ppg, 3.92 assists per game

No. 15 Jamestown
19-4 overall
Key players:
Mark Hoge: 18.5 ppg; Davon Thomas, 15 ppg, 6.46 rebounds per game.

Last season:
Feb. 1, 2012: VCSU 86, Jamestown 83
Feb. 9, 2012: Jamestown 80, VCSU 77
This season:
Jan. 20, 2013: Jamestown 69, VCSU 66

Outlook:
Though the Jimmies, who were NAIA tournament qualifiers last year, don't have the national ranking they did a season ago, the Jimmies still look to be a tough test for the Vikings.
Jamestown graduated several key players from last season, but return guards Mark Hoge and Davon Thomas, both of whom gave Valley City trouble when the teams met up at the Dakota Tip Off Tournament Jan. 20. Hoge finished that game with a double double, grabbing 11 rebounds and scoring 26 points, 12 from the free-throw line. Thomas had 18 points of his own as the Jimmies out rebounded the Vikings in a 69-66 win.
Valley City, per usual, is led by Sekani Milligen, but has a deep lineup that allows points from different places on the court. Milligen has the 3-point line, forward Gus Kueber has the size and finesse to dominate inside and out, and John Raquel, Aaron Duske and Dillon Ostrom all contribute when needed to.

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