Villa Maria Dominates Jayhawks, 90-58

Villa Maria Dominates Jayhawks, 90-58

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Villa Maria is the top-ranked women's basketball team in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Division II poll.

The Vikings lived up to that billing Monday night.

The four-year school from Buffalo drilled 15 3-pointers, including five apiece from Shamecca Minor and Shaquana Owens, and forced 31 turnovers which led to 38 points en route to a dominant, 90-58, nonconference victory over Jamestown Community College at the Physical Education Complex.

"They're No. 1 for a reason," Jayhawks coach Travis Wells said.

The win — its second against Jamestown CC this season — improved Villa Maria's record to 21-2, including its last 20 in a row. The Jayhawks, who have lost three straight, fell to 15-5.

And it started out so well for the hosts.

In fact, Jamestown CC made its first three shots — a layup by Alexis Rodenbaugh, a bucket by Olivia Lynn and a 3-pointer by Haley Hettenbaugh — to stake it to a 7-0 lead after just over a minute.

The rest of the game belonged to the Vikings.

By the end of the first quarter, they nailed four treys and forced 10 Jayhawks' turnovers to open up a 21-15 lead.

Five more 3-pointers in the second quarter — in combination with seven more Jamestown CC turnovers — ballooned Villa Maria's lead to 46-27 at the break.

The hosts never got closer than 19 points the rest of the game.

"(Villa Maria) can play," Wells said. "They have those experienced players. … They know what it's all about."

Minor led the Vikings with 19 points, Owens had 15, Armoni Jordan finished with 14, Nina Cray collected 13 and Tekia Gary chipped in 12. Minor and Owens were each 5 of 10 from the arc where the team was a blistering 15 of 33.

"You can't be late (defending their 3-point attempts)," Wells said. "Sometimes we were a little bit late and they just needed that second to get the shot off, and they went in."

The Jayhawks were led by Lynn who scored 15 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.

"You don't teach that," Wells said of Lynn's dominance on the boards. "That's just wanting the ball."

Nicole Johnson added 16 points; Rodenbaugh chipped in 12 points and seven assists; and Hettenbaugh had 9 points, five steals and four assists for the Jayhawks.

It still wasn't enough for the hosts, whose three-game skid also includes losses to Niagara County CC on Jan. 26 and Monroe CC last Saturday. They'll try and right the ship Wednesday against Genesee CC. Opening tip is 5:30 p.m.

"They played Monroe very tough, so it's going to be another close game,"Wells said. "We've got to be ready."

NOTES: Villa Maria shot 36 of 75 from the field compared to 22 of 64 for the Jayhawks, who lost to the Vikings, 83-62, in December. … Cray had nine rebounds and Minor had nine assists.

VILLA MARIA (90)

Owens 5-12 0-0 15, Jordan 7-17 0-2 14, Brown 3-10 0-0 8, Cray 6-7 1-1 13, Minor 7-12 0-0 19, McQuiller 2-5 0-0 6, Day 0-0 0-0 0, Gary 5-10 1-1 12, Bush 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 36-75 3-6 90.

JAMESTOWN CC (58)

Hettenbaugh 3-9 1-2 9, Rodenbaugh 3-9 6-6 12, Bennett 1-8 0-0 2, Johnson 7-13 2-3 16, Lynn 6-16 3-4 15, Harrison 1-3 0-0 2, Boardman 1-2 0-0 2, Zenns 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 22-64 12-15 58.

Villa Maria 21 25 23 21 — 90

Jamestown CC 15 12 16 15 — 58

3-point goals–Villa Maria 15-33 (Owens 5-10, Jordan 0-4, Brown 2-4, Minor 5-10, McQuiller 2-4, Gary 1-1), Jamestown CC 2-13 (Hettenbaugh 2-6, Rodenbaugh 0-2, Bennett 0-4, Lynn 0-1). Rebounds–Villa Maria 37 (Cray 9), Jamestown CC (Lynn 18). Assists–Villa Maria 23 (Minor 9), Jamestown CC 18 (Rodenbaugh 7). Steals–Villa Maria 16 (Brown 4), Jamestown CC (Hettenbaugh 5). Personal fouls–Villa Maria 15, Jamestown CC 7.

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