SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Box Score) Top-seeded Jamestown (N.D.) used a smothering defensive effort in trouncing eighth-seeded Roosevelt (Ill.), 80-59, in the first round of the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by State Farm, on Thursday afternoon. The Jimmies will head to the second round for the third-straight season under fourth-year head coach Greg Ulland.
Jamestown (27-3), co-regular season champion of the North Star Athletic Association, limited the Lakers to 29.5 percent shooting while using a balanced approach on offense. Six points from star guard Hannah Steele were enough as the Jimmies had seven players score between six and 12 points. Jessica Buck posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Just a couple hours after eighth-seeded Tabor (Kan.) nearly stunned No. 1-seeded Northwestern (Iowa), Jamestown quickly dispatched Roosevelt’s designs on an upset. Five different Jimmies scored during a 15-1 run to start the game. It took nearly eight minutes before the Lakers finally knocked in their first field goal on a Casey Davis bucket in the paint.
Roosevelt managed to cut its deficit to seven, 20-13, on Tori Clark’s 3-pointer with 7:26 left in the first half. Carly Jensen followed with five quick points for Jamestown who maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest.
The Jimmies reached their final winning margin of 21 – one-point short of their largest lead – with Kaeli Kraska’s trey with 1:12 left in the game. Kraska became the 13th different player to score for Jamestown, which entered play seventh among all NAIA Division II in scoring (83.8). The Jimmies were led in scoring by the 12 points of Megan Pold.
Davis amassed a game high 15 points despite going 3-for-17 from the field. She made 9 of 12 free throws. Teammate Kiara Towles chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds. Towles led the way for a bench that outscored the starting five, 30-29.
Jamestown will play either fourth-seeded St. Ambrose (Iowa) (26-5) or fifth-seeded Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (24-6) at 5:15 p.m. on Friday in the second round. The Jimmies will be aiming to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
On the other hand, Roosevelt, the final at-large team to receive a berth to the national tournament, ends the 2013-14 season with a record of 21-11. The Lakers made their second-straight appearance at the national championships under fourth-year head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells.