South Dakota Dominates Denver, 82-60
Claire Gritt scores a team-high 15 points
Jan. 27, 2018
DENVER – The University of Denver women’s basketball team fell to South Dakota, 82-60 inside Magness Arena on Saturday, extending the team’s losing streak to three games.
The Pioneers fell to 12-11 on the 2017-18 campaign and 3-5 in the Summit League. The Coyotes improves to 17-5 and remain undefeated in league play, 8-0.
Despite only scoring two points, Jordyn Alt made her presence felt off the glass, as the senior etched a game-high nine rebounds.
As a unit, Denver shot 40.7 percent (22-for-54) from the field and 36.8 percent (7-for-19) from downtown. The team grabbed 27 rebounds, handed out 16 assists and forced 13 turnovers.
South Dakota started the contest with a 7-4 edge, before a Gritt trey tied it at the 5:11 minute mark.
The Coyotes retook the lead with four straight points, until a Carie Weinman 3 kept DU within striking distance.
USD took an eight-point advantage off a triple from Jasmine Trimboli, the team’s second of the contest. The margin continued to hold until the end of the first as South Dakota led, 20-12.
Starting the second much like the first, the Coyotes chalked up five unanswered points as Jaycee Bradley connected from deep and put the visitors up by 13. USD continued to score at will, putting up a 14-5 run over the first five and a half minutes of the period.
Down by 17, a Weinman 3 looked to return some momentum to the Pioneers, however quick to shut the door on the other-end was Bradley, answering with a trey of her own.
USD took control of the contest in the second, outscoring the Crimson and Gold, 22-11 in the quarter. At the break the Coyotes commanded the contest, 42-23.
Morgan guided DU through the first 20 minutes, netting seven points, two rebounds and a pair of assists. The senior shot 50 percent (3-for-6) from the field and 33.3 percent (1-for-3) from behind the arc.
As a team, the Pioneers shot 36.4 percent (8-for-22) from field-goal range and 40 percent (4-for-10) from deep. The squad had 15 rebounds, seven assists and a trio of steals.
Both offenses came out hot to start the second, as each team answered each other for six straight points.
Denver got within 15 points, 50-35 thanks to five unanswered points, highlighted by a 3 from Morgan.
Just minutes later, South Dakota was back up by 20, as Allison Arens found her way under the basket to put up a layup.
The Crimson and Gold sliced the advantage to 17 points with an Abi Curtin lay-in, the bucket did little to slow down the South Dakota offense who took its biggest lead, 66-40 with less than 30 seconds to play in the third.
Refusing to give in in the fourth, a Madison Nelson steal led to a breakaway layup for Gritt who trimmed the margin to 22.
Lauren Loven drained back-to-back treys to put the Pioneers within 19 points at the 2:45 minute mark. It would be as close as DU could get as the Coyotes shut the door.
DU returns to action next Sunday as they host Fort Wayne at 1 p.m. MT.
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