Offense Struggles as Pioneers Fall to RedHawks, 69-52
Samantha Romanowski led all Pioneers with 10 points
Nov. 25, 2017
LOS ANGELES – The University of Denver women’s basketball team struggled to get things going offensively, as the Pioneers fell 69-52 to Miami (OH) Saturday afternoon inside Gersten Pavilion.
DU dropped to 3-3 on the year, while MU improved to 3-3.
The Denver offense struggled nearly the whole contest, shooting 33.3 percent (22-for-66) from the field and just 13.3 percent (2-for-15) from behind the arc. The team shot its best in the second quarter, going 37.5 percent (6-for-16) from field goal range and 50 percent (1-for-2) from 3-point territory.
Leading the way for the Crimson and Gold was Samantha Romanowski who scored 10 points, shooting 36.3 percent (4-for-11) from the field. Not far behind was Carie Weinman, who notched nine points for her third straight game.
As a team, DU grabbed 38 rebounds, had 12 assists and forced 14 turnovers.
After falling behind quickly, 6-2, Romanowski scored off a quick put back. On the very next Denver possession, the junior connected with a pair from the charity stripe to tie the game.
The Pioneers took their first edge of the contest, 11-10 off of a Jahla Osborne layup with a minute to play in the first but the RedHawks answered with a bucket of their own to end the period.
In the second, Leah Purvis continued to score for Miami, connecting with a deep 3. MU continued to roll through the quarter, going on a 13-0 run.
Lauren Loven finally broke the DU second quarter scoreless streak with a trey, but the RedHawks responded with a triple of their own to lead, 26-16.
Denver got the margin down to only six, but Miami scored four unanswered to rebuild the advantage to 10.
Romanowski gave the Crimson and Gold some excitement at the end of the second, draining a fade away buzzer-beater but MU continued to hold the edge, 33-24.
At the break, Romanowski led her Pioneer teammates with eight points, shooting 42.8 percent (3-for-7) from the field. As a team, Denver shot 31.3 percent (10-for-32) from field goal range.
Miami came out to start the third period hot, kick starting a 6-2 run with a basket from Molly McDonagh.
DU finally got the Miami advantage down to single digits, 41-32 thanks to a short jumper from Weinman.
The freshman continued to be a factor in the third, scoring six straight points for the Crimson and Gold.
Through the end of the third, Miami continued to hold an eight-point lead, as the Pioneers failed to convert a single 3-pointer in the period.
Three and a half minutes into the fourth, the RedHawks soared with an 11-2 run, lifting the margin to 17 points, 57-40.
A Weinman 3 with three and a half minutes to play cut the lead to 15, but the hole was just too deep for the Pioneers to make the comeback.
Denver will face Cal State Fullerton on Monday at 8 p.m. MT.
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