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DENVER DOWNS ORAL ROBERTS IN DEFENSIVE DANCE

Jan. 25, 2017

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TULSA,
Okla.In a back and forth defensive battle, the University of Denver women’s basketball team defeated the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts University by a final score of 47-45 Wednesday evening in Summit League play.

Senior guard Jacqlyn Poss had a team-high 16 points with 10 of them coming in the first few minutes of the third period. Freshman guard Lauren Loven was held to seven points on the evening, while freshman guard Briana Johnson added five.

The Pioneers out-rebounded the Golden Eagles, 43-34, grabbing 15 offensive rebounds. Senior forward Jesse Spittel led the rebounding charge for the Crimson and Gold with 12 total boards including four offensive. Redshirt sophomore forward Jahla Osborne ripped down nine boards on the night and freshman forward Madison Nelson grabbed a career-high six rebounds.

With her one three-pointer on the night, Loven tied the single season record for most 3s made with 74 in just 21 games. She is tied with Ashley Atkinson's record set in the 2002-03 season in which she had 74 3s in 30 games. 


 

 

The first half showcased poor shooting for both teams as the Pioneers would only put up 13 total team points shooting 17.9 percent (5-of-28) from the floor, including going nearly 12 minutes with only one field goal.

The third quarter proved much different as Poss and the Pioneers would go on a scoring frenzy, collecting 22 points in the third period alone.

Poss gathered 10 quick points for Denver right out of the break, giving DU the lead.  

Ending the third quarter was Johnson, taking the ball coast-to-coast giving Denver a five point lead going into the fourth quarter, 35-30.

The Pioneers would take their largest lead of the game at eight points on a layup from junior guard Ciera Morgan with 8:29 to play in the game.

From there, ORU went on a 9-0 run, taking the lead back at 40-39 with 3:05 to play in the game.

With 1:52 to play in the game, Poss would draw the foul and make one-of-two from the charity stripe, tying the game back up at 40.

A monster jumper from sophomore guard Samantha Romanowski would give the Pioneers a two point lead at 42-40 with 20.1 seconds to play in the game.

The Golden Eagles charged down the court and attempted a three-point shot with 10 seconds to play but Morgan came up with the biggest play of the night, swatting away the three-point attempt and grabbing the ball.

ORU quickly fouled Morgan who went down and hit both from the charity stripe, giving Denver a crucial five point lead with a few seconds to play in the game.

The Golden Eagles would hit a triple at the buzzer, but the Pioneers would come away with a huge win, defeating the fourth-ranked team in the Summit League, 47-45.

Denver begins a four-game homestand next week when it plays host to South Dakota. The game will be played Wednesday evening with tip set for 7 p.m. MT.  

 

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