POSS' CAREER-HIGH 22 NOT ENOUGH IN DENVER LOSS
Denver Puts Up 23 Points in the Fourth, Not Enough to Erase Deficit
Dec. 3, 2016
- Despite a career-high 22 points from senior guard Jacqlyn Poss and 11 fourth quarter points from freshman guard Lauren Loven, Denver was not able to erase the deficit and fell to Northern Arizona on Saturday afternoon at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Poss played most of the game with three fouls, as she picked up two quick ones right away in the first quarter. The senior was still able to continue her aggressive style of play, collecting 22 points.
Freshman guard Briana Johnson showed her feisty side many times throughout the afternoon, driving hard to the rim and tying a career-high with 16 points while grabbing three rebounds and swiping one steal.
Also coming from this years' strong freshman class is center Leya DePriest, who grabbed a career-high and team-leading seven rebounds and tied a career-high in points with four.
As a squad, the Pioneers shot 42.6 percent from the floor, compared to 51.6 percent for the Lumberjacks. Denver out-rebounded NAU 35-32 and shot 50 percent from beyond the arc on the game, going 9-of-18.
The Lumberjacks jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on the game before Johnson would juke and jive her way to the hoop and collect two with six minutes to play in the first quarter.
DePriest would then take her shot, using the age-old hook shot in the lane to gather two more for the Pioneers and cut the Lumberjacks' lead to seven at 18-11, with just under two minutes to play in the first quarter.
Denver would come out strong in the second quarter, cutting the Lumberjacks' lead to four when Poss would score back-to-back buckets on an elbow jumper followed by a deep three, bringing the score to 22-18 just over a minute into the second quarter.
From there Denver would go on a four-minute scoring drought and NAU extended its lead to 10 with five minutes to play in the half.
Johnson would end the scoring drought, driving hard to the bucket once again and collecting two, cutting the Lumberjacks' lead to eight with just over three minutes to play in the half.
Northern Arizona would take a 39-24 lead going into the half.
Opening up the second half, Johnson would continue to play aggressively, driving hard to the hole and drawing the foul. She would hit both at the charity stripe and bring the score to 41-28 with eight minutes to play in the third quarter.
Denver would cut the Lumberjacks' lead to 10 with seven minutes to play on a triple from Poss at 41-31.
From there the Lumberjacks hit two triples and brought their lead back to 16.
Poss would come in clutch yet again for the Pioneers, hitting a triple at the buzzer and cutting into the Lumberjacks' lead at 56-43 going into the fourth quarter.
Back-to-back triples from freshman guard Lauren Loven brought the Pioneers within 11 at 61-50 with just over seven minutes to play in the game, but the Lumberjacks answered back.
Loven finished the afternoon with 12.
With the score at 77-58, freshman forward Madison Nelson went up strong, getting the basket and drawing the foul with 2:33 to play in the game.
Denver returns home Tuesday for one game when it plays host to Pepperdine for Hoops and Education day. The game will start at 12 p.m. MT at Magness Arena.
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