DESPITE 18 FROM LOVEN, DENVER FALLS IN WESTERN ILLINOIS
The Leathernecks Grabbed 24 Offensive Rebounds in the Denver Loss
Jan. 5, 2017
Freshman guard Lauren Loven led the Pioneers in scoring with 18 points while senior guard Jacqlyn Poss added 15 points and two steals. Senior forward Jesse Spittel led the Pioneers in rebounds with five in the game, while freshman guard Briana Johnson had three steals, adding six points and three rebounds in a very physical game.
The first points for the Pioneers would come on a Loven triple at 6:43 of the first quarter, 5-3.
From there, the Leathernecks would score seven unanswered points before junior guard Ciera Morgan tossed the ball up to Poss, who would take it in for two with just under five minutes to play in the first quarter.
Denver would come out of the media timeout and get a stop, head to the other end and Poss would collect two more bringing the score to 17-9.
Poss would end the quarter with a jumper and bring Denver back within six at 21-15.
To start the second quarter, Denver would force a five second call and Johnson would capitalize on the turnover, driving hard to the hole and drawing the foul. She would make both at the charity stripe, cutting the Leathernecks’ lead to two at 21-19 with just under nine minutes to go in the half.
The Pioneers would pull within one on a bucket from Morgan, 25-24 with just over six to go in the half, but a couple of breaks in communication defensively handed the Leathernecks a 6-0 run, extending their lead to 31-24.
Loven hit her third triple of the night inside three minutes in the first half, and the Pioneers would trail by eight, 36-28.
The Leathernecks would go on an 8-1 run to end the first half, taking a 45-32 lead into the break.
The huge difference maker in the first half would be the three-point shooting for WIU, as they had 24 of their 45 points from beyond the arc.
Loven would start the second half with a baseline jumper, cutting the Leathernecks’ lead to 11 at 45-34.
With 4:45 to play in the third, Johnson would bank one in from the elbow, cutting the WIU lead to 10 at 51-41.
The Pioneers turned the ball over four consecutive possessions in the next minute and a half, and the Leathernecks capitalized on all four turnovers, taking a 60-41 lead with 3:12 to play in the quarter.
Poss would score on back-to-back jumpers with just over two minutes to play in the third period, chipping away at the WIU lead at 62-46.
Denver would lay on the full-court press with seven minutes to play in the game and come away with a steal. Morgan would toss it up to freshman forward Madison Nelson who would lay it in for two, bringing the score to 72-53.
Sophomore guard Samantha Romanowski would collect her first points of the game on a deep three with just under a minute to play and the Leathernecks leading the Pioneers 87-60.
DU would get one more bucket from freshman forward Abi Curtin with 19 seconds remaining, but Denver would fall by a final score of 87-62.
The Pioneers are back in action next week with Summit League games at Fort Wayne and IUPUI.
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