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LOVEN SHOOTS LIGHTS OUT FROM 3-POINT LAND, NOT ENOUGH IN DENVER LOSS

Dec. 9, 2016

Box Score

OREM, Utah - Despite freshman guard Lauren Loven's seven three-pointers and a career-high 21 points, Denver fell at Utah Valley University by a final score of 72-58.

Denver shot 42.3 percent from the floor on 22-of-52 while UVU shot 43.6 percent (24-of-55).

Loven led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc, while senior guard Jacqlyn Poss added 11 points and four rebounds for the Pioneers. Freshman guard Briana Johnson put up seven points for the Crimson and Gold along with a team-high five assists. Sophomore guard Samantha Romanowski had six points for Denver, all coming in the third quarter and freshman forward Abi Curtin also had six points for the Pioneers along with three rebounds.

The key difference maker in the game was free-throws, as the Wolverines got to the line 22 times and converted on 17 from the charity stripe.


 

 

The Pioneers would came out slow in the first quarter before Poss hit a jumper followed up by a deep triple from the corner to bring Denver within one at 6-5 with seven minutes to play in the first.

With just two minutes to play in the first quarter, Poss would feed freshman Leya DePriest for the wide-open layup and the Pioneers would make it a one-point game at 10-9.

The Wolverines went up by five before redshirt-freshman guard Haley Simental hit a jumper at the buzzer to bring the score to 14-11 at the end of one.

With 7:37 to play in the half, redshirt sophomore forward Jahla Osborne found senior forward Jesse Spittel underneath on phenomenal post-to-post play and Spittel would draw the foul. She would make one of two and bring the Pioneers back within five at 17-12.  

At the six minute mark of the second quarter, Denver would find its groove as Johnson found fellow freshman guard Lauren Loven on the perimeter and she would knock it down for three, bringing DU within three at 19-16.

Just one play later, Curtin would hit the jumper at the elbow and tie the game at 19. Denver got the ball back and kicked it back to Loven who would come up huge again for the Pioneers, nailing another triple and giving Denver its first lead of the night at 22-19 with three minutes to play in the half.

Utah Valley came out and took the lead in the second half at 31-28, before Poss hit a deep three and tied the game back at 31.

Denver would trail going into the fourth quarter, but another huge three from Loven would pull the Pioneers within four at 56-52 with just over five minutes to play in the game.

Denver would play the fouling game in the final minute of the game, however Utah Valley would make eight free-throws in the final minute of the game to defeat the Pioneers.

Denver is back in action Sunday afternoon in a match against Idaho State. The game will be played at Reed Gym in Pocatello, Idaho at 2 p.m. MT.

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