By Marcus Hagness, Mayville State (N.D.) Assistant Sports Information Director
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – After jumping out to an early lead, No. 16 Mayville State University (N.D.) women's basketball won at No. 3 University of Jamestown (N.D.), 83-75, Wednesday in both teams' North Star Athletic Association openers. The Comets picked up their 10th straight win and snapped Jamestown's 15-game stride.
2013 A.I.I. Player of the Year Marcisa McMillan, picked up her 7th double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds as part of a great team effort by the Comets (15-2, 1-0). She is closing in on 400 career rebounds (390) in just her second season for the Comets.
Senior Hailey Longtin led the team with 24 points, including 5-of-8 from downtown. Fellow senior Sam Heier followed Longtin with 17 points, three assists, and three rebounds including 8-of-10 from the foul line. Junior Sabrina Rude scored 12 points, including two huge 3-point shots to extend the Comets lead from eight to 11, once in each half to keep the Jimmies comeback attempt in check.
Hannah Steele scored 18 points to lead the Jimmies (18-2, 0-1 NSAA), who had their 15-game winning streak snapped.
Mayville State led for all but about 90 seconds of this one and weathered a UJ second half push before holding on to win its second regular season game in a row at the Jamestown Civic Center.
Jamestown cut its deficit to five with four minutes left on Morgan Mathison's 3-pointer that made it 73-68. Longtin followed with two free throws to pull the Comets back up seven points. After a Jordan Bridges free throw, McMillan added a basket, followed by two Heier free throws to extend the lead back up to 10 points.
Heier added one more basket and Longtin sank the final two free throws of the game for Mayville State during the final minutes of the Jimmies comeback attempt. The Comets bested the Jimmies 83-75 for the second year in a row on the Jimmies home court.
The Comets are ranked No. 16 in the latest NAIA coaches’ poll. With the win, the Comets picked up 15th win of the season and defeated a Jimmies team that had not lost since an early season defeat to No. 2 Northwestern University on November 1st, 2013.
Next, MSU will host Valley City State University (10-6) Saturday, January at 25, at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse.