Women's Basketball


Denver Falls to South Dakota State, 78-54

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.

Samantha Romanowski led the Pioneers with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field, while Jacqlyn Poss posted 14 points on a 7-for-25 mark along with a trio of rebounds.

Jordyn Alt put in work in the paint, finishing 4-for-5 for nine points and five rebounds, while Jesse Spittel split duties with the junior forward for five points and four boards in the loss.

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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