Denver Falls to South Dakota State, 78-54
Romanowski and Poss combine for 30 points in loss
Feb. 23, 2017
BROOKINGS, S.D. - The University of Denver women's basketball program tackled South Dakota State on Thursday evening, unable to convert a 28-28 tie at halftime into a notch in the win column as the Jackrabbits took the contest at 78-54.
Clarissa Ober led the Jackrabbits with 24 points on an 8-for-12 mark from the field, pulling in a double double behind 10 rebounds while Ellie Thompson also closed with a twofer behind 18 points and 11 boards.
The Jackrabbits opened up the contest on an 11-2 run up until the first media timeout as Romanowski connected for the driving layup for the only points for the Pioneers, while all five starters for SDSU dropped in a bucket.
Denver closed out the frame on a 9-6 run to close the gap to 16-11 as Poss, Spittel and Romanowski all dropped in points to end the first quarter.
The Pioneers came out strong in the second stanza, opening up a 9-4 run to knot the score at 20-20 with 7:15 on the clock before a driving layup from Alt gave DU its first lead of the game at 22-20 with 6:47 remaining, prompting a timeout from the Jacks.
Both sides traded baskets from there as SDSU and Denver went back-and-forth for an evened 28-28 score heading into the locker rooms
The Jackrabbits pulled ahead by five in the first five minutes of the third quarter, capped off by a pair of free throws from Ober, but DU kept the game close as Jahla Osborne put away a pair of layups to put the score at 37-36 favoring the hosts.
Ober re-extended the lead to 45-38 with less than a minute remaining, but a pair of free throws from Romanowski, coupled with a midrange jumper from Poss, kept the visitors within three at 45-42 heading into the final frame.
SDSU started to pull away at the start of the fourth, registering eight of the first 12 points of the period for a 53-46 lead and building up a 10-point cushion at 59-49 with 4:23 remaining.
Denver couldn't stem the tide, however, as South Dakota State closed out the contest on a 21-5 run for a 78-54 final.
The Pioneers will remain on the road on Saturday, Feb. 25, as they take on Omaha with tip set for 1 p.m. MT.
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