Oral Roberts Snaps Denver Winning Streak, 90-60
Carie Weinman chalks up 12 points
Jan. 20, 2018
TULSA, Okla. – The University of Denver women’s basketball team struggled on Saturday, as Oral Roberts routed the Pioneers, 90-60 inside the Mabee Center.
DU did not lead for a single minute in the contest, as the team dropped to 12-9 and 3-3 in the Summit League. The Golden Eagles improved to 12-8 and 4-3 in the Summit.
Carie Weinman led the Crimson and Gold with 12 points. The freshman came off the bench for 15 minutes of action, shooting 57.1 percent (4-for-7) from the field and 100 percent (3-for-3) from 3-point territory.
Not far behind was Samantha Romanowski, who tallied 10 points, as the junior shot 33.3 percent (3-for-9) from field-goal range and 50 percent (2-for-4) from deep.
Meanwhile, Jordyn Alt led the team with eight rebounds, the North Oaks, Minn. native also dropped in eight points.
As a team, Denver shot 31.7 percent (19-for-60) from the field and 45 percent (9-for-20) from behind the arc. The squad also grabbed 40 rebounds, forced 14 turnovers and handed out 11 assists.
The Oral Roberts offense got started early in the first, starting the contest on a 14-5 run, polished off by two from Maria Martianez.
DU was quick to respond with five unanswered points, as Grace White hit the squad’s first trey of the game.
The Golden Eagles then started another run, 8-2 as Martianez scored four of the eight points.
Down by eight, 27-19 with one second to play in the first, Claire Gritt gave some momentum to the Pioneers, as the freshman connected with a half-court buzzer-beater to end the quarter.
Starting the second, Gritt drained her second 3 of the game, putting the Crimson and Gold within two points.
Both defenses then stepped it up in the second, holding each other scoreless for nearly three full minutes. The streak then ended for ORU, as the home offense chipped in 16 unanswered points, finding its groove.
The Denver offense was held scoreless for eight and a half minutes of the second quarter, as Gritt finally broke the scoreless spell for two with just seconds left in the period.
At the break, Oral Roberts controlled the contest, 43-27. DU shot 30.3 percent (10-for-33) from the field and 40 percent (4-for-10) from behind the arc. The team grabbed 19 rebounds, forced eight turnovers and had six assists.
Gritt led the way for the Pioneers in the first half, scoring eight points, as the Arlington Heights, Ill. native shot 66.7 percent (2-for-3) from downtown.
Back-to-back 3s from the Golden Eagles gave ORU a 6-2 run to start the third. The home team continued to chalk up points, building a 25-point edge with five minutes to play in the third.
Weinman finally got the DU offense going in the quarter, as the freshman quickly tallied five points in-a-row for the Crimson and Gold.
A Madison Nelson layup beat the buzzer at the end of the third, however Denver still trailed, 66-41.
A basket from Faith Irim had Oral Roberts tied with its largest margin of the contest at 29 points with 6:07 to play.
Refusing to quit late in the fourth, Romanowski scored five straight points for DU, looking to chip away as much of the ORU advantage as she could. The lead was cut to 24 points thanks to another 3 from White and a free throw from Jasmine Jeffcoat.
However, 24 points was as close as the Pioneers could get, as the Golden Eagles ran away with the contest.
Denver travels to Western Illinois on Wednesday, with a 6 p.m. MT tip.
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