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Northwestern Punches Ticket to Quarters

March 09, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

Sioux City, Iowa – (Box Score) The star power of Northwestern (Iowa) has vaulted the Red Raiders into the quarterfinals of the State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship for the fifth-straight season. Kami Kuhlmann and Kendra De Jong proved too much for Jamestown (N.D.) in an 80-68 victory at the Tyson Events Center in the opening game of the second round on Thursday.

“We didn’t want to wait for the action,” Northwestern head coach Chris Yaw said. “We wanted to make sure we were the ones being the instigators. I thought we did that well defensively. We tried to make them uncomfortably in places. Offensively I thought our kids pushed the ball well. We played aggressively in the halfcourt. I was excited, and it was fun to watch the kids play.”

Battle-tested Northwestern avenged a 64-62 loss to the Jimmies on Nov. 5 by rising to its typical high level of play on the big stage. Kuhlmann stole the show with 19 first-half points and finished with 31 points – the highest point total by an individual in this year’s tournament.

The junior guard made 12-of-21 shots from the field while chipping in nine points and four assists. Kendra De Jong notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Jamestown was led by a pair of 10-point scorers in Amber Ramlo and Kellie Schuneman. The Jimmies shot just 24.6 percent and allowed the Red Raiders to shoot 49.1 percent.

Northwestern is moving on to the quarterfinals where it will face either Indiana Wesleyan or Friends (Kan.) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Red Raiders are now 36-6 in 11 appearances at the national tournament.