Davenport leads HU women past Jamestown in NAIA opener

Huntington University guard Lauren Davenport drives toward the basket against Jamestown in the NAIA Division II Women's National Basketball Tournament on Thursday, March 12.
Huntington University photo.

Senior guard Lauren Davenport scored 19 points to lead the Huntington University women’s basketball team past Jamestown (ND), 64-54, in first round action Thursday, March 12, at the NAIA Division II Women’s National Basketball Tournament, at Sioux City, IA.

Davenport also had a team-high five steals, and tied for team highs in rebounds and assists with six and three, respectively, to help HU, 25-6, move on to the second round of competition.

The Forester women will face Davenport University (MI), 30-2, today, Friday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. CST.

Included in Davenport’s game-high point total was her 1,000th career point. The former Huntington North High School standout went into the contest just six points shy of the milestone, and got the notable point when she stole the ball and went in for an uncontested layup in the first half.

Jenna Donaldson and Sarah Miller provided additional firepower for HU with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Donaldson matched Davenport with six rebounds and three assists.

Huntington, making its first tourney appearance since 1994, led 35-27 at halftime and never allowed Jamestown, 20-10, closer than six points in the second half.
Although HU didn’t have its best shooting night, hitting 22 of 58 from the field for 37.9 percent, it did dazzle at the free-throw line, canning 17 of 20 to help the cause. Also helping the HU cause was only committing 10 turnovers, compared to 18 for the Jimmies.

Heidi Fiechtner and Ali Edwards led Jamestown with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Davenport University advanced to the second round by defeating Indiana University Southeastern, 88-62, in its opening round game.

Name FG 3 Pt FT Pts RB Ast PF
Huntington University
Lauren Davenport 8-15 0-0 3-4 19 6 3 2
Sarah Miller 3-7 1-3 4-5 11 3 2 2
Jenna Donaldson 5-16 1-3 5-5 16 6 3 3
Brittney Bateman 1-4 0-1 0-0 2 3 1 1
Courtney Beerbower 2-5 0-0 2-2 6 1 2 3
Ryleigh Carr 1-4 1-2 2-2 5 5 2 0
Kelsey Green 1-4 0-0 1-2 3 3 0 1
Brita Kuiper 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Haleigh Osborne 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 1
Team 5
Totals 22-58 3-9 17-20 64 32 13 13
Jamestown College
Kellie Schuneman 1-7 0-0 2-2 4 5 0 2
Amanda Rantapaa 2-9 2-8 0-0 6 0 0 4
Ali Edwards 3-6 1-3 3-4 10 8 2 1
Mara Paulson 3-12 0-4 2-2 8 7 2 2
Heidi Feichtner 4-9 0-1 3-4 11 8 0 1
Dakota Anderson 3-5 0-0 0-0 6 1 2 1
Stacey Nygaard 1-4 1-4 0-0 3 3 0 0
Mindy Clark 0-2 0-1 1-2 1 0 0 1
Nicole Ahlers 0-2 0-2 1-2 1 2 0 1
Jackie Hust 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 2
Allison Epping 2-2 0-0 0-0 4 2 0 4
Team 11
Totals 19-60 4-25 12-16 54 48 6 19