Denver Snaps Losing Streak, Defeats Fort Wayne, 86-65
Five Pioneers score in double figures
Feb. 4, 2018
DENVER – The University of Denver women’s basketball team finally snapped its three-game losing streak, thumping Fort Wayne, 86-65 inside Hamilton Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
The Pioneers improved to 13-11 and 4-5 in the Summit League, while the Mastodons dropped to 4-19 and 1-9 in the league.
Five players from DU scored in double figures, as Samantha Romanowski led the way with a game-high 18 points. The Mountlake Terrace, Wash. native also led the team in steals, carding a career-high of 6.
The junior shot 88.9 percent (8-for-9) from the field and 100 percent (2-for-2) from downtown.
Nelson nearly etched a double-double, as the sophomore grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
As a unit, the Crimson and Gold shot 47.1 percent (33-for-70) from the field and 35.7 percent (5-for-14) from behind the arc. The squad also grabbed 39 boards, forced 22 turnovers and had 11 steals.
The first three minutes of the contest were highly competitive, as Fort Wayne took a 7-6 lead. Denver was feeling it from deep, hitting back-to-back 3s from Romanowski and Gritt.
DU found its groove offensively, getting an 11-3 run going, highlighted by a trey from Loven.
The Crimson and Gold had a seven-point advantage, 24-17 with 15 seconds to play in the first, however Fort Wayne’s Kierstyn Repp connected from behind the arc to trim the edge to four to end the period.
The Pioneers started the second with an 8-2 run, capped off by a layup from Jordyn Alt, assisted by Johnson. The Alt lay-in gave the Pioneers a 10-point edge, their largest of the first 10 minutes.
Behind by 12, with five minutes to play in the half, Hannah Hess connected with Fort Wayne’s fourth 3 of the contest. However, Romanowski fired back on the other end for her second of the game. The triple jumpstarted a streak of nine unanswered points for DU and pushed the team to play some of its best basketball of the half.
The Crimson and Gold took a 17-point lead, 47-30 into the locker room at halftime, as Gritt got the crowd buzzing with a buzzer-beating layup.
The DU offense was hot in the first half, shooting 57.6 percent (19-for-33) from the field and 40 percent (4-for-10) from three-point territory. The team grabbed 14 rebounds, handed out six assists and forced 13 turnovers.
Guiding Denver the first twenty minutes was Romanowski, with 14 points. The junior shot 85.7 percent (6-for-7) from field-goal range and a perfect 100 percent (2-for-2) from deep.
Trying to get back into the contest, Fort Wayne started the second half with an 8-4 run, trimming the margin to 13 points.
Looking to add some separation at the seven minute mark, Nelson took some contact but put up two points.
After the Mastodons cut the DU advantage to only 15, Loven responded for the Crimson and Gold, sinking a trey. The sophomore also drew a foul and connected for the and-1. The four-point play put the Crimson and Gold up by 19 with just 3:46 left in the quarter.
The Pioneers took their largest lead of the contest with a Romanowski drive to the bucket at the start of the fourth.
19 points was as close as Fort Wayne could get, as Ciera Morgan chalked up three points on an old-fashion three-point play at the 3:01 mark.
Denver returns to the hardwood on Thursday, as they travel to Brookings, S.D. to battle the Jackrabbits.
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