SLOW THIRD PERIOD LEADS TO LOSS IN FARGO
Poss Scores in Double-Digits for Seventh Straight Game
Feb. 15, 2017
The game was a back-and-forth battle until the Bison were able to pull away early in the fourth period.
As a team, the Pioneers shot 32.2 percent on the game, going 19-of-59 from the floor. NDSU was 19-of-55 from the floor for 34.5 percent.
Both teams had a sluggish third quarter, combining for only two field goals the entire quarter. The combined field goal percentage for DU and NDSU was a mere 16 percent in that quarter with the Pios shooting 8.3 percent.
Senior guard Jacqlyn Poss led the Crimson and Gold in scoring for the seventh straight game, collecting 13 points on the night.
Freshman guard Briana Johnson added nine points for the Pios also grabbing four rebounds.
Redshirt sophomore forward Jahla Osborne tied a career-high with 11 rebounds, to go along with a career-high six points.
Back-to-back possessions with offensive rebounds from both junior forward Jordyn Alt and Osborne resulted in four points for the Pios, cutting the Bison lead to three, 14-11, in the first period.
A three second call came against the Bison with under one minute to play in the first period and redshirt freshman guard Haley Simental would use it, heading to the other end of the floor and knocking down the triple, tying the game at 14-all.
Just one minute into the second quarter, Osborne would grab her own rebound four consecutive times, finally laying it in and collecting two for the Pios and pulling DU within one at 17-16.
Denver would take the lead with just over two to play in the half, when sophomore guard Samantha Romanowski collected the steal and fired a long pass to a wide-open freshman guard Lauren Loven who knocked down the triple, giving the Pios a three-point lead at 28-25.
The third quarter showcased strong defense from both teams as neither team would score a field goal until the six minute mark of the third period on a baseline jumper from Osborne, which would be the only field goal of the quarter for Denver.
The Bison opened the fourth period on a 10-2 run, taking a 49-41 lead with just under seven minutes to play in the game.
With five minutes to go in the game, Poss would come off a strong senior forward Jesse Spittel screen and hit the elbow jumper, cutting into the Bison lead at 54-47.
NDSU would take a 13 point lead with just over two minutes to play in the game, 62-49.
The Crimson and Gold would pull within 10 with just under 30 seconds to play, but that's as close as they'd get, falling to NDSU by a final score of 67-58.
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