Pioneers Fall in Road Contest to South Dakota State, 95-59
Weinman leads Denver with 16 points
Feb. 8, 2018
BROOKINGS, S.D. – The University of Denver women’s basketball team couldn’t get things going on either side of the ball, as the Pioneers fell on the road, 95-59 to South Dakota State.
On the season, DU goes to 13-12 and 4-6 in the Summit League. The Jackrabbits improve to 20-5 and 9-1 in league play.
Carie Weinman led the way for the Crimson and Gold, as the freshman put up 16 points, shooting 57.1 percent from the field (4-for-7) and 80 percent (4-for-5) from downtown.
Weinman’s fellow freshman, Claire Gritt finished right behind her, as the Arlington Heights, Ill. native finished with 11 points.
Denver went 39.3 percent (24-for-61) from the field and 26.9 percent (7-for-26) from three-point land. The team also scooped up 30 rebounds, has 10 assists and forced seven steals.
Opening the game with a 9-2 lead was South Dakota State, as Macy Miller highlighted the streak with the game’s first 3.
Cutting the advantage to four was Gritt who connected with DU’s first triple at the 5:19 mark.
The Jackrabbit offense continued to roll in the first, building a 13-4 run following the Gritt trey. The high-point of streak for SDSU was a 3 from Alexis Alexander.
The Pioneers started the second hot on offense, chalking up nine points from three different players in the first two minutes.
The Crimson and Gold had the South Dakota State edge cut to 12 points, 31-18 but a mini-run of 6 straight points for the Jackrabbits extended their lead to 20.
A trey from Weinman and a layup from Jasmine Jeffcoat had Denver within 16 points, 47-31 at the break, as the team ended the period with five unanswered points.
At the half, Gritt led DU with a team-high seven points. The freshman went 42.8 percent (3-for-7) from the field and 25 percent (1-for-4) from deep.
As a team, the Pioneers shot 41.9 percent (13-for-31) from field-goal range and 31.3 percent (5-for-16) from three-point territory. The squad also grabbed 15 rebounds, handed out seven assists and forced five turnovers.
The first three minutes of the third were all SDSU, as the Jackrabbits started the quarter on a 10-2 run. The offense continued to roll for the home team, adding seven more points to the streak over the next 30 seconds.
South Dakota State’s defense locked DU down in the third, holding the squad to only eight points. Meanwhile, the Jackrabbit offense continued to chalk up points, finishing the third with a 74-39 advantage.
Weinman tallied the first points of the fourth, as the freshman connected with her third 3 of the game, trimming the margin to 32 points.
Another trey from Weinman got the lead to less than 30 points, 82-53 at the 4:20 mark. It would be as close as Denver could get as the Jackrabbits completed the rout.
The Crimson and Gold return to action on Saturday, as they take to Fargo, N.D. to face North Dakota State.
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