SOUTH DAKOTA STATE HOLDS OFF DENVER IN LEAGUE PLAY
Loven Collects 20 Points, Going 6-of-12 From Beyond the Arc
Jan. 18, 2017
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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.
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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