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Pioneer Comeback Attempt Falls Short, 61-56

Nov. 30, 2017

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DENVER -- The University of Denver women's basketball team got within striking distance of Colorado State in the fourth period, but the Rams locked it down at the end, 61-56 on Thursday night.

DU falls to 4-4 on the 2017-18 campaign, while CSU improved to 4-2.

The Pioneer offense used a hot fourth quarter, where the team shot 45.5 percent (5-for-11) from behind the arc and 38.9 percent (7-for-18) from the field. Four of the five Crimson and Gold treys came from Lauren Loven and Carie Weinman.

Down 16 points, 54-36 to start the period, Denver went on a 16-4 run over the first six minutes, cutting the Colorado State lead to four, finished off by a Jasmine Jeffcoat layup. However, the Rams closed the door on a comeback with a triple from Stine Austgulen.

Loven and Jordyn Alt led DU, as they each scored nine points.  Alt was also the squad's leading rebounder finishing with 11. Weinman added eight points, as the freshman was just a point away from scoring nine points in five contests in a row. Briana Johnson scored six and led the team in assists with five.

As a team, the Pioneers shot 33.3 percent (21-for-63) from the field and 32.1 percent (9-for-28) from 3-point land.

After three minutes of scoreless action, Colorado State got on top first with a two from Grace Colaivalu. Denver quickly responded with a 3 from Claire Gritt.

Neither team could get a solid lead in the game, as the two squads traded blows throughout the first.

The Rams had the first solid run of the contest, ending the first on a 9-2 run, but DU's Ciera Morgan dropped in a buzzer-beater to cut the lead, 19-14.

Down 23-18 with six minutes to play until the break, Alt drove hard to the basket and cut the margin to only three points. Alt followed it up on the next Pioneer possession with a triple, tying the contest.

Both teams hit dry spells for the rest of the quarter, as they each added only two points the rest of the period. At the break, Denver and Colorado State were tied at 25.

Alt led the way for the Crimson and Gold in the first half, scoring seven points and grabbing five rebounds.

As a team, DU shot 35.7 percent (10-for-28) from the field and 25 percent (3-for-12) from 3-point territory. The squad held the Rams to 36.4 percent from field-goal range and 7.1 percent (1-for-14) from behind the arc.

Into the third, CSU's Hannah Tvrdy connected with a triple, the first bucket of the half. The Rams used the score to start an 8-0 run.

Jahla Osborne finally ended the DU scoreless streak with a 15-foot jumper at the seven minute mark. The junior hit a pair from the charity stripe on the next Pioneer possession cutting the Colorado State edge to only five.

However, the Rams built a lead of 13 points just minutes later, capitalizing on a trey from Lore Devos. At the end of the third, CSU's advantage increased to 16, 52-36, thanks to a 3 from Colaivalu.

Over the course of the period, Colorado State made six 3s and scored 27 points.

Loven refused to let the Pioneers go away, sinking a triple from downtown with seven minutes to play in the game. Weinman added back-to-back treys a minute later but Denver still trailed, 56-47.

Joining the 3-point party again to start the fourth was Loven, reducing the margin to only six.  

Another Loven triple got the lead to four, 59-55 with two minutes to play.

However, four points was as close as the Crimson and Gold could get.

Denver returns to Hamilton Gymnasium on Sunday, taking on Northern Arizona at 1 p.m. MT.

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