Denver Falls to Oral Roberts in Summit League Quarterfinal, 76-71
Romanowski chalks up 18 points, Loven 15
March 4, 2018
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of Denver women’s basketball team kept it close throughout the contest, but ultimately could not get it done, falling 76-71 to Oral Roberts in the Summit League Quarterfinal.
The Pioneers drop to 16-14, while the Golden Eagles improve to 17-12.
Samantha Romanowski was a star for DU, dropping in 18 points, shooting 50 percent (3-for-6) from deep. Not far behind was Lauren Loven, who scored 15 points and shot 55.6 percent (5-for-9) from behind the arc.
Despite only scoring two points, Jordyn Alt made her presence felt off the glass, grabbing a game-high nine boards.
As a team, Denver shot 37.5 percent (24-for-64) from the field and 48.3 percent (14-for-29) from 3-point territory. The squad grabbed 33 rebounds, handed out 13 assists and forced a dozen turnovers.
Oral Roberts quickly got started with an 8-4 lead over the first five minutes.
The Golden Eagles pushed their lead to seven points, with a 3 from Maya Mayberry. Answering on the other end for Denver’s first trey was Grace White.
The Pioneers outscored the Golden Eagles over the final five minutes of the quarter, 10-3 as a Briana Johnson buzzer-beater fell from behind the arc to tie the game at 14.
Both defenses came out strong to start the second, holding each other scoreless for the first two minutes.
A layup from Sydney Koel finally snapped the streak for DU, however ORU fired back on the other end with a trey. The 3 started a 10-2 run for Oral Roberts, putting them up by six, 24-18.
Cutting the lead to three was Romanowski who connected with her first triple of the game. The junior then tied it up minutes later on an old-fashion three-point play.
ORU’s Sarah Garvie put the Golden Eagles on her back, chalking up eight unanswered points. Oral Roberts finished the quarter with a 9-0 run.
Romanowski led the way for DU through the first 20 minutes, putting up 10 points, shooting 50 percent (3-for-6) from the field.
As a group, the Crimson and Gold shot 26.7 percent (8-for-30) from the field and 25 percent (3-for-12) from deep. The squad grabbed 17 rebounds and forced six turnovers.
The Golden Eagles started the third much like they ended the second, sinking the team’s sixth three of the contest.
Looking to build some momentum for the Pioneers was Romanowski who chalked up six points for Denver with a pair of 3s and put the team within six points.
ORU stormed right back, with an 8-3 run as Loven connected from behind the arc. White added another triple on DU’s next possession and had the lead trimmed to single digits.
Into the fourth, Oral Roberts extended its margin back to double digits thank to a shot from Faith Ihim. Looking the keep the Crimson and Gold in the game was Ciera Morgan, who drained a 3.
A Morgan layup with seven minutes to play had the squad within seven points, but Rachel Skalnik answered with a 3 to extend the edge back to 10.
Not wanting its season to end, DU scored five in a row to cut the lead to five with less than four and a half minutes to play.
A breakaway layup from Johnson sliced the advantage to only three points, but Mayberry replied with a layup of her own.
Another Loven trey had the squad only down by three with 5.3 seconds left, but free throws from Keni Jo Lippe shut the door on DU.
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