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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE HOLDS OFF DENVER IN LEAGUE PLAY

Jan. 18, 2017

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DENVER -
Despite a late rally in the fourth quarter, the University of Denver women's basketball team fell to the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State by a final score of 72-63 Wednesday night in Summit League play.

Freshman guard Lauren Loven scored in double digits for the eighth straight game, compiling 20 points on the evening, going 7-of-14 from the floor including an impressive 6-of-12 from three-point range.

Sophomore guard Samantha Romanowski added 10 points for the Pios, including three assists and two steals. Senior forward Jesse Spittel had nine points and two blocks for Denver in the loss.

Denver shot 37 percent on the night, going 20-of-54 from the floor while SDSU shot 52.9 percent on 27-of-51 shooting.

The Jackrabbits grabbed 32 boards compared to 29 for the Pioneers.

Loven would hit a deep triple to start the night for the Pios, giving Denver a 3-2 lead with 8:30 to play in the first period.

Junior guard Ciera Morgan forced a turnover right out of the media timeout and Romanowski would use it, connecting on the baseline jumper, pulling Denver within one at 7-6.

Denver would take the lead on a three from Loven at 18-17 with seven to play in the half before SDSU would go on a 14-2 run, taking the lead back at 31-20.

Spittel cut the lead to six on a timeless over-under move in the post with just over one minute to play in the half.

South Dakota State took a 36-28 lead into the half.

The Jackrabbits opened up the second half on an 8-0 run, taking a commanding 44-28 lead.

Loven would end the third period with a hard drive to the rim, bouncing it off the backboard and cutting into the Jackrabbits' lead at 15.

Denver would pull within nine on a three from the top of the key from Loven with four minutes to go in the game, but back-to-back defensive breakdowns would allow four consecutive points for SDSU.

Two free-throws from Johnson would slice the Jackrabbit lead to single-digits at nine with just under two minutes to play, 64-55.

Loven would bring the score within eight, hitting from beyond the NBA line, 68-60 with 30 seconds to play in the game.

The Pioneers would play the fouling game, however it would work in the Jackrabbits' favor, as they would defeat Denver by a final score of 72-63.

The Crimson and Gold are back in action Saturday for its annual Pink Game with a match against Nebraska-Omaha. Tip is slated for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Altitude.

 

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