PIOS FALL IN QUARTERFINAL ROUND OF SUMMIT LEAGUE TOURNEY
Denver Ends Its Season in Sioux Falls
March 4, 2017
Denver would again fall victim to scoring droughts throughout the game, going the entire first quarter without a field goal. The Pioneers were 0-of-12 from the floor in the first.
Junior forward Jordyn Alt had eight points for the Pioneers, adding seven rebounds. All eight of Alt’s points came in the second quarter when she went 4-of-4 from the floor.
Senior guard Jacqlyn Poss also had eight points for Denver in her final game as a Pioneer.
Freshman guard Briana Johnson led the team in rebounding, grabbing a career-high 10 boards for Denver.
As a team, DU shot 25 percent from the floor on the game, going 15-of-60. WIU shot 46.3 percent, 31-of-67 from the floor.
The Crimson and Gold outrebounded the Leathernecks, 42-40, including grabbing 13 offensive rebounds.
Sophomore guard Samantha Romanowski would collect the first field goal of the game for Denver, stopping and popping in the lane, bringing the score to 21-4 a minute into the second quarter.
With five minutes to play in the half, Romanowski would come up with a huge steal and find a sprinting Poss up the floor who would hit from downtown, cutting into the WIU lead at 26-11.
Denver would continue on an 11-0 run, capped off by a jumper in the lane from Alt, bringing the score to 28-15 with just over three minutes to play in the half.
With just under a minute to play in the half, Poss would come up with a steal and take it coast to coast, laying it in for two and bringing her team within 14 at 31-17.
Senior forward Jesse Spittel got the first points of the second half for Denver, but WIU led 41-19 with seven to play in the third period.
The Pioneers were held without a field goal for the final five minutes of the third period as the Leathernecks took a commanding 53-26 lead into the fourth quarter.
With eight to play in the game, freshman guard Lauren Loven would drive hard to the hole, collecting the bucket and the foul. She would hit the free throw and bring the score to 61-29.
With four minutes to go, freshman center Leya DePriest found an open lane, laying it in for two with the Leathernecks leading 75-33.
Redshirt freshman guard Haley Simental would hit from way downtown with 1:33 to play in the game, but the 40 point lead by the Leathernecks would be too much, as they ended the game on a 21-10 run.
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