The top-ranked teams in the second round have shown off their dominance in the tournament thus far, the Mountaineers struggled defensively in the second half but kept pace offensively, joining the final eight teams in the next round. This matchup included an offensive mismatch for the Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers against the fifth-seeded Jamestown College Jimmies defense. The Mountaineers defeated the Jimmies 76 to 62.
Jamestown led by seven points with 15:28 left in the first half, but as time continued to expire Korrie Bourn (14) and Nicole Redd (21) continued to drain three-point shots. Looking imminent that this would be the forth blow out game of the second round. Eastern Oregon made 54 percent of the attempted shots they took while putting up a stellar defense that allowed Jamestown to make only 25 percent of the shots that they took. The Mountaineers went into the half with a comfortable 14-point lead.
“I tried telling my team, ‘Hey, if you take care of the little things there is a chance’,” said Jamestown Head Coach Greg Ulland. “We decided to continue to move the ball and continue to battle, so the kids that we’ve got will never give up and that’s the nice thing, there is no quit in them.”
A surge of energy must have found the Jamestown Jimmies in the locker room because this team didn’t come out to roll over like most fifth-seeds would in their situation.
The defense for the Jimmies gave them the ability to chip away at the deficit they would need to get over to take the lead. The team accumulated 47 rebounds, led by Amber Ramlo (35) who had 10 of her own. Resulting in five steals and 11 turnovers helping them out-defend the opposing team’s defense. Unfortunately for them Brooke Randal (34) and Redd totaled 40 of the teams overall 76 points, too much for the Jimmies to contain.
“Everyone on our team can score,” said Randal, “It doesn’t matter if I don’t shoot well my other teammates will shoot well, so they are going to have to defend all five of us because we can all score with the basketball.”
Jamestown committed 28 team fouls during the game, and Eastern Oregon made 27 of their 35 free-throws.
The Mountaineers will play in a one vs. two-seeded match-up against Davenport tomorrow at 1 p.m, making their second consecutive trip to the final eight of the NAIA tournament after losing to the College of the Ozarks a year ago.