MADISON, S.D. - Dakota State overcame a first-half slow start and grabbed a two-point lead at halftime over nationally-ranked Jamestown (N.D.) Saturday afternoon at DSU Fieldhouse. The Jimmies shot 54.2 percent (13-for-24) from the field and 12-for-17 from the free-throw line in the second-half as JC defeated Trojans 71-59.
Dakota State lost their fifth straight game and dropped their overall record to 5-12. Jamestown, No. 13 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, won their fourth straight game and raised their record to 18-3.
Jamestown got off on a fast start as they grabbed a 17-4 lead with thirteen minutes and 40 seconds left in the first-half.
DSU used a 24-10 surge to gain their first lead of the game at 28-27 with 2:24 remaining before halftime. The Trojans went on to a 31-29 halftime advantage.
The Trojans limited JC to 28.6 percent (10-for-35) from the field in the first-half compared to the Trojans' 34.6 percent (9-for-26). DSU converted 11-of-15 free-throws in the game's first twenty minutes, while the Jimmies were 5-for-6.
Dakota State extended their lead to 36-29 to start the second-half. JC answered back with seven consecutive points to tie the game at 36-36 with 17:17 remaining in the game.
Both teams traded leads in the next nine minutes of the game. With the Jimmies leading at 48-47 with 8:07 left in the game, JC used a 13-3 run to widen their lead to 61-50 with less than five minutes remaining.
DSU could get no closer than seven points (64-57) with 1:41 left.
Katy Pillar had a season-high 24 points (18 in the first-half) for Dakota State. She went 9-for-16 from the field and 5-for-6 at the free-throw line. Pillar grabbed eight rebounds. Kylie Westover had 15 points. Julie Munson added 12 points, earned five rebounds and dished out three assists. Jayda Swenson had six points and eight rebounds off the bench. Courtney Hamblin and Cassie Jacobsen each had four assists.
Kelli Schuneman scored 19 points for the Jimmies. Bridget Schuneman and Carley Jensen each added 10 points. Amber Ramlo pulled down eight rebounds. Morgan Mathison dished out five assists off the bench.
Both teams shot below 40 percent overall in the game. Jamestown shot 39 percent (23-for-59) compared to the Trojans 33.3 percent (18-for-54). The Jimmies went 8-for-30 behind the 3-point line, while DSU was 6-for-23.
JC and DSU each converted 17 free-throws in 23 attempts.
Jamestown had a slight rebounding advantage over the Trojans (40-36). Both teams committed 16 turnovers.
The Jimmies' bench outscored DSU 28-6.
Dakota State looks to end their five-game losing streak as they travel to the Stewart Center on Tuesday night. The Trojans face their in-state rival University of Sioux Falls. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Midco Sports Network (channel 26 or 622 for Midcontinent subscribers).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director