Blue Hawks Fall to Jimmies on Last Second Shot in NSAA Championship Game

Blue Hawks Fall to Jimmies on Last Second Shot in NSAA Championship Game

JAMESTOWN- ND, The Dickinson State University Women's Basketball team lost a heart-breaker in the NSAA Championship game to the University of Jamestown Jimmies, 65-63, on a last second shot.

After trailing most of the game, the Blue Hawks battled back to take a four point lead with two minutes remaining in the game. Unfortunately, that would be the last bucket they would make in the game. With two seconds left, Jessica Buck put the winning bucket in on an out of bounds play to beat the Blue Hawks in the NSAA Championship game.

The Jimmies outscored the Blue Hawks 23-18 in the first quarter and 10-9 in the second quarter to take a 33-27 lead into halftime. 

In the first half, the Jimmies shot 39 percent from the field, 46 percent from three and 88 percent from the line while the Blue Hawks shot 27 percent from the field, 46 percent from three and were a perfect 4-4 from the line.

In the third quarter, the Blue Hawks outscored the Jimmies 21-18 and also outscored the Jimmies in the fourth quarter 15-14, but the last second shot by Buck earned the Jimmies the 2016 NSAA Championship and a bid into the NAIA National Tournament.

The Blue Hawks finished the game shooting 35 percent from the field, 53 percent from three and 7-7 from the line with 39 rebounds, 13 assists, nine turnovers, five blocks and eight steals.

The Jimmies finished the game shooting 39 percent from the field, 37 percent from three and 79 percent from the line with 36 rebounds, 16 assists, 13 turnovers, one block and five steals.

Janniqua Thomas led the Blue Hawks with 19 points. MacKayla Feeney added 14 points, Taylor Henningsgard scored 11 points and Megan Klein hauled in a game high 10 rebounds.

Kyra Dewald led the Jimmies with 21 points. Kaeli Kraska finished with 15 points and Buck finished with 13 points.

Dickinson State is now 23-8 overall and will have to wait until Wednesday to see if they receive an at-large bid into the NAIA National Tournament.