Atherton, Calif. – First round pairings and game times have been announced for the 22nd annual State Farm-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Championships. The Lady Oaks will be playing Jamestown College (N.D.) in the first round. The two teams will meet inside the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa on Thursday, March 7th at 11:45am PST/1:45pm CST. This will be the first time this season the two teams have played each other.
Jamestown enters as the number four seed in the third quadrant of the 32-team tournament. The Jimmies earned their way to the tournament by clinching the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) Division II tournament title. They hold a 27-5 overall record and finished 15th in the final regular season coaches' poll. They enter their second-consecutive national tournament on a five-game winning streak, having only lost three games since January 3rd.
Three scorers average 10 or more points for the Jamestown offense. They are led offensively by senior center Bridget Schuneman. Schuneman averages 5.4 rebounds and 11.8 points per game on 57% shooting. Junior guard Carly Jensen is the second part of the offensive trio, averaging 10.7 points per game. She is the main deep threat for the Jimmies, converting on 43% of her shots from beyond the arc. Junior point guard Hannah Steele is the third scorer to average 10 or more points with 10.1 per game. Steele has proven to be the catalyst for the Jamestown's offense, dishing it out for a conference leading 4.6 assists per game. While these three lead the team in scoring, they have gotten significant production off their bench with nine players averaging three or more points per game. As a team, Jamestown averages 77 points per game while holding opponents to just 58.9 per game.
Menlo Lady Oaks:
Menlo makes the trip to Iowa having earned a number of accolades already this season. The Lady Oaks went undefeated in Cal Pac play, earning both regular season and tournament titles. On top of these accomplishments , Menlo is currently riding a 14-game winning streak and enters Thursday's first round clash with Jamestown as the number five seed in the third quadrant. The Lady Oaks are outscoring opponents 78-60 this season on 45% shooting from the field. Three scorers currently average double digits including: Jolise Limcaco, Lauren Adamek, and Laurel Donnenwirth. Cal Pac Player of the Year Limcaco, leads the team with 16.9 points and nearly three assists per game. Donnenwirth is the reigning Cal Pac "Defender of the Year" and averages 12.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Adamek adds 12.2 points per game to the Menlo effort and was a first team all-conferencer performer this season. Depth off the bench has proved to be an asset for head coach Shannon Osborne and the Lady Oaks. Amber Lane, Carly Tristao, and Sash Brown average nearly five points each and play significant minutes off the bench for the Lady Oaks. In total, nine scorers average four or more points per game for Menlo.
Menlo and Jamestown are each returning to the tournament for the second consecutive year. In total, 21 teams out of this year's field of 32 played in last year's tournament. Menlo has appeared five times, holding a 1-4 record while Jamestown is 2-4 in their previous six appearances.
Jamestown is coached by third year head coach Greg Ulland. He has compiled a 74-18 record as head coach of the Jimmies. Menlo is coached by fifth year head coach Shannon Osborne. Osborne earned Cal Pac "Coach of the Year" honors in 2012 and 2013 and holds a 93-50 overall record with the Lady Oaks.
While Menlo and Jamestown have not played this season, they do share a common opponent in Johnson & Wales University (Colo.). Menlo went a perfect 2-0 against them, winning 96-67 on November 30th and 90-72 on December 19th. Jamestown played Johnson & Wales on January 5th and lost 78-76.
For more information now, and throughout the tournament, please visit the 2013 tournament page on menloathletics.com by clicking here.