DENVER DOMINATES IN WIN OVER FORT WAYNE
Pioneers Shot 80 Percent in the Third Quarter
Feb. 4, 2017
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The last time DU defeated a team by 20 or more points was on Dec. 8, 2014, when they beat Air Force by 41.
Freshman guard Briana Johnson had a career day for the Crimson and Gold, tying a career-high 16 points, dishing out a career-high six assists and heading to the free-throw line 14 times, connecting on 12 of those attempts.
As a team, Denver ripped down 36 rebounds compared to 28 for Fort Wayne. Denver shot 59.1 percent from the floor including a 25-point third quarter in which they shot 80 percent from the floor on 8-of-10 shooting.
The Pioneers jumped out to a quick 7-0 start, capped off by a baseline jumper from Poss just two minutes into the game.
Denver held Fort Wayne without a field goal until the 4:30 mark of the first quarter.
Freshman guard Lauren Loven would hit a triple just inside the three minute mark of the first period, giving her team a 12 point lead at 16-4.
The Crimson and Gold took a 14 point lead, 24-10 one minute into the second quarter on a pair of free throws from Johnson.
Junior guard Ciera Morgan would head to the locker room with an injury early in the second period.
Romanowski drove hard to the hole, collecting the hoop and the harm with four minutes to play in the half. She would connect on the bonus and give Denver a 31-14 lead.
With just over two minutes to play in the half, redshirt freshman guard Haley Simental would rip down a strong board and throw the ball up the floor to a sprinting Romanowski who would finish for the Pios, giving DU a 35-17 lead.
Fort Wayne would end the first half on a 9-2 run, but Denver would maintain a 37-24 lead going into the break.
Just one minute into the third period, Poss and senior forward Jesse Spittel would execute the screen and roll to perfection, with Spittel finishing for two for Denver as they took a 39-24 lead.
Poss gave Denver a 22 point lead with 2:36 to play in the third period on an elbow jumper, 52-30.
The fourth quarter would be much of the same as Denver would extend its lead to 65-36 when freshman center Leya DePriest would reverse the ball outside to a wide open Poss who would knock down the triple with just under eight minutes to play in the game.
Junior forward Sydney Koel would collect two points for the Pioneers on a spin move in the lane with three minutes to play in the game, giving Denver a 72-44 lead over the Mastodons.
The Pioneers are back in action Wednesday night when they host IUPUI at 7 p.m. MT inside Magness Arena.
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