PIONEERS FALL IN TIGHT RACE TO LEAGUE-LEADING COYOTES
The Pioneers Held the Coyotes to Just Three Field Goals in the Second Half
Feb. 1, 2017
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The Coyotes went 15-of-16 from the charity stripe on the game, all of them coming in the second half, which proved to be the difference maker in the match.
Freshman guard Lauren Loven had seven points, including one bucket from beyond the arc which placed her at No. 1 all-time on the Pioneer single season record book with most three’s made in one season with 75.
Senior forward Jesse Spittel led the Pioneers with nine rebounds in the game, also adding two blocks.
As a team, Denver shot 33.3 percent (17-of-51) from the floor on the game while the Coyotes went 16-of-48 from the floor for 33.3 percent. The Pioneers were out-rebounded 40-28, 12 of USD’s 40 rebounds were offensive boards.
The Coyotes jumped out quick, grabbing the first four points before Poss would rip down the offensive board off a Pio miss and lay it back in for two, tying the game at four-all with eight to play in the first quarter.
USD took a 20-11 lead into the second quarter and Denver would not score until the 5:50 minute mark of the period when Romanowski hit from downtown, bringing the score to 23-14.
South Dakota went on a run to end the first half, taking a 32-22 lead into the break.
Only two points would be scored in the first 3:30 of the second half, both by the Coyotes. Romanowski would break the drought for the Pios, driving hard to the hole and collecting two, bringing Denver within 10 at 34-24 with six minutes to go in the quarter.
Perfect defense from junior forward Jordyn Alt resulted in a turnover by the Coyotes with three to play in the third. Alt would run the floor and connect on a long-range jumper bringing the Pios within six at 34-28.
With six minutes to play in the game, Loven would hit her first triple of the night, pulling her team within four at 44-40.
With under a minute to play, South Dakota would take a 10 point lead at 52-42 on a pair of free-throws.
Romanowski would pull Denver back within eight with 33 seconds to play on two from the charity stripe, but it would not be enough as the Coyotes would continue to connect on free-throws down the stretch.
DU is back in action Saturday afternoon when it plays host to the Mastodons of Fort Wayne. The game is slated for 1 p.m. inside Magness Arena with a men’s game to follow.
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