(1) Concordia (Neb.) vs (3) Jamestown (N.D.)
Despite the 21-point game-high by junior McKayla Orr, the Jamestown (N.D.) Jimmies dropped the ball against the Concordia (Neb.) Bulldogs 74-59 in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship semifinal matchup in the Liston bracket at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
First quarter action saw Concordia (34-2) take a quick 4-0 lead over the Jimmies (27-6) thanks to two shots in the paint by junior Mary Janovich. The Bulldogs kept it going, as they would take a 21-12 lead into the second quarter. That lead would be pushed to 16, as the Bulldogs took a 39-23 into halftime.
In the second half, the Jimmies were able to get the deficit down to single-digits multiple times, but were unable to get the lead, as the Bulldogs got the lead to up to 15 to their eventual 74-59 win.
The Bulldogs never trailed with the help of four Bulldogs scoring nine or more points, while only allowing Orr and senior Kyra Dewald to score more than 10 along with their stout defense that had 31 defensive rebounds, 16 turnovers, 12 steals, and six blocks. The Bulldogs also kept senior Taylor Hammer, who scored 36 against Davenport on Friday, at bay with only two points and 11 rebounds. The Jimmies would shoot 30.1 percent compared to the Bulldogs’ 44.1 percent.
The Jimmies finish the season with a 27-6 record and will compete in their final season in the North Star Athletic Association next season.
Concordia advances to the semifinals and will play the winner of the Saint Xavier-College of the Ozarks matchup. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. on Monday and will be live on ESPN3.