Denver Downed by Omaha in Regular-Season Finale
Pioneers get 50 points between Poss, Loven and Alt in loss.
Feb. 25, 2017
OMAHA, Neb. – The University of Denver women’s basketball program closed out its regular season on Saturday, falling to Omaha at 100-78 at Baxter Arena. The Pioneers are locked into the eighth seed of the Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament and will need to wait until the Western Illinois-South Dakota game to know their first round opponents.
Jacqlyn Poss led DU in scoring with 20 points on a 9-for-20 mark from the floor, adding in two assists and one rebound in the contest.
Mikaela Shaw led all players with 24 points and six rebounds, nearly matched by teammate Michaela Dapprich who finished with 22 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Both sides traded baskets early on as DU matched UNO shot-for-shot for a 10-10 evened score by the first quarter media timeout. Alt was responsible for six of Denver’s points in the run while Omaha had four different players sink a bucket.
The Mavs doubled up the Pioneers through the remainder of the frame on a 12-6 run as the hosts held a 22-16 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Both sides went back-and-forth again in the second frame, getting 13 points apiece for a 35-29 score favoring the Mavs as Alt and Poss got a handful of points in the process.
Denver cut the lead down to three at 37-34 with 3:03 on the clock behind a jumper from Poss, but Omaha kept the pressure up as Dapprich connected for six points through the remainder of the period to keep the hosts on top at 46-38.
The Pioneers found some space coming out of the locker rooms as they cut down a 12-points Maverick lead and closed the gap to 57-50 by the first media timeout, getting timely shots from Loven and Poss in the meantime.
Jahla Osborne corralled a loose ball coming out of the timeout to narrow the gap to 57-52, but UNO came right back and fired off a 14-6 run to close the quarter and put Denver in a 71-58 deficit heading into the fourth.
Denver did what it could to slow the Mavericks as Poss and Briana Johnson added to their totals at the start of the final frame, but Omaha built up an 82-65 lead by the 6:18 mark of the quarter and ended the contest on top at 100-78.
The Summit League Women’s Basketball Tournament is slated to begin on March 4, at the Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
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