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DESPITE A SIZZLING 28-POINT THIRD QUARTER, DU FALLS TO WIU

Feb. 11, 2017

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DENVER –
Despite a 28 point third quarter, the University of Denver women’s basketball team fell to Western Illinois, 80-68 Saturday afternoon in Summit League play.

The Pioneers turned the ball over 21 times on the afternoon, leading to 26 points for the Leathernecks.

Another key factor in the game was free-throws. WIU went 22-of-30 from the charity stripe on the day compared to Denver’s 11-of-18 showing from the line.

Senior guard Jacqlyn Poss racked up 19 points on the afternoon, marking the sixth consecutive game the Minnesota native has scored in double digits for the Pios. Poss added four assists and four rebounds to round out the afternoon.

Freshman guard Briana Johnson added 14 points for DU with seven of them coming in the first quarter. Redshirt freshman guard Haley Simental collected a career-high 13 points on the day on 4-of-6 from the floor including a scorching 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.


 

 

The Crimson and Gold took a one point lead (12-11), with 3:35 to play in the first quarter on a jumper from freshman forward Madison Nelson.

However, the Leathernecks would put together a 17-2 run from that point until the midway through the second period that would boost them to a 15 point lead.

Senior forward Jesse Spittel stopped the run with two in the paint at the 5:54 mark of the second period.

The Leathernecks would pick the Pioneers on back-to-back possessions and take a 22-point lead with two minutes to play in the half, 43-21.

The Pioneers came alive in the third period, shooting 66.7 percent from the floor on 10-of-15 shooting and putting up 28 points.

With just under seven minutes to play in the third period, Johnson would get the finger roll to fall in the lane and also draw the foul. She went to the line and hit the bonus, bringing the score to 53-27.

 

With five to play in the third, junior forward Jordyn Alt came up with a huge defensive stop, swatting the ball away and giving Denver possession. DU would capitalize, hitting at the other end on an elbow jumper from Poss, cutting into the WIU lead at 58-39.

Simental would pull the Pios within 13 on a triple with just under two minutes to play in the third period, 61-48.

Following a lightening-hot 28 point third quarter, Denver fell victim to another scoring drought, scoring only four points in the first five minutes of play. The Leathernecks claimed a 19 point lead during that time.

DU pulled within 11 with under a minute to play on a free-throw from Nelson, but it would not be enough in the Pio loss.

The Crimson and Gold hit the road with a game at North Dakota State University on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. MT.

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