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DESPITE FIVE PIONEERS SCORING IN DOUBLE DIGITS, DU FALLS TO OMAHA

Jan. 21, 2017

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DENVER
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For the first time since Dec. 9, 2015, the Pioneers had five athletes scoring in double digits, including 21 from senior guard Jacqlyn Poss - one point shy of a career-high. However, Omaha found a way to respond, defeating Denver 82-73 Saturday afternoon in Summit League play inside Magness Arena.

 

Joining Poss in double figures was the nation's leader in three-pointers made this season, freshman guard Lauren Loven who had 16. Loven has scored in double figures for nine straight games this season for the Pioneers.

Sophomore guard Samantha Romanowski added 13 points for Denver, while freshman guard Briana Johnson had 10 and senior forward Jesse Spittel had 11, also adding seven rebounds.

Denver ripped down 34 total rebounds, including a team-high nine from sophomore forward Jahla Osborne.

The Crimson and Gold went 28-of-62 from the floor for 45.2 percent on the game while Omaha was 27-of-56 for 48.2 percent on the day.

In a game that showcased six ties and four lead changes, Omaha got to the line 19 times, connecting on all 19 attempts, compared to the Pioneers going 11-of-13 from the charity stripe.

Omaha jumped out to an early 7-4 lead before a long two from Loven would bring Denver within one at 7-6 with eight minutes to go in the first period.

Omaha would open the second quarter on a 7-3 run before a layup from Spittel would bust the run, taking the score to 28-23 with seven to play in the half. One play later, junior guard Ciera Morgan found a wide open Spittel under the basket and Spittel connected, pulling the Pios within three.

From there, the Pioneers would go without a field goal for the final 4:32 of the first half and Omaha would take an 11-point lead into the break.

Loven would break the scoring drought, connecting from deep right away in the second half.

With eight to play in the third, nobody would stop a dribbling Morgan as she would take it all the way in and bring Denver within four, 45-41.

With three minutes to play in the third, Spittel would head to the line for one of her eight free-throw attempts on the day, hitting both and tying the ball game at 47-all.

The Mavericks went on another run, but Johnson would connect on two from the charity stripe with four seconds remaining in the third period, tying the ball game back up at 57 heading into the fourth period.

With 7:50 to play in the game, Poss gave Denver a one-point lead on a corner three at 62-61. One play later Romanowski would connect from downtown, giving Denver a four point advantage.  

Omaha would score 13 of the next 15 points to take a 74-69 lead with four to play in the game.

Loven would hit her fourth triple of the game with 2:21 to play, pulling Denver within six at 78-72, but the Mavericks would be too strong down the stretch, taking down the Pioneers.

Denver is back in action Wednesday when it travels to Summit League opponent Oral Roberts. Tip is slated for 6 p.m. MT.

 

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