LOVEN COLLECTS CAREER-HIGH 22 IN DENVER LOSS TO SEATTLE
Pioneers' Home Win Streak Spoiled By Redhawks
Dec. 16, 2016
– The University of Denver women’s basketball home win streak came to an end Friday night when Seattle University defeated Denver in a nail-bitter, 75-72.
Freshman guard Lauren Loven had another monster game for the Pioneers, putting up a career-high 22 points on 7-of-11 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc.
Freshman guard Briana Johnson tallied eight points for the Pioneers, going 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Freshman forward Abi Curtin grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in the loss, also adding four points.
As a team, Denver shot 48.0 percent from the floor, going 24-of-50. Seattle was 29-of-64 on the night for 45.3 percent. The Redhawks out-rebounded the Pioneers, 36-29, including grabbing 15 offensive rebounds.
The Pioneers took an early 7-2 lead to start the game, when Johnson drove hard to the hole and collected the hoop and the harm. She made the free throw, giving Denver a five point lead with just under seven minutes to play in the first quarter.
Redshirt freshman guard Haley Simental would stop and pop for a deep three with just over three minutes to play in the first quarter, and Denver would double up on Seattle, 14-7.
Seattle would claw its way into the game, before Loven hit a long two just inside the three-point line giving the Pioneers a one point lead at 20-19 with one minute to play in the quarter.
Denver and Seattle would battle back and forth for the lead, with the spread being one for the first three minutes of the second quarter. Senior forward Jesse Spittel would break that trend when she got to the line, making two and giving the Pioneers a three point lead at 24-21.
Fantastic ball movement for the Pioneers led to a layup from Curtin, assist from Romanowski, with just 2:45 to play in the half, tying the game at 28.
Poss would come down the very next play and hit a triple, giving the Pioneers a three-point lead with 1:41 to play in the second quarter.
DU would let the clock run down and give the ball to Loven who hit a baseline jumper and gave the Pios a three point lead going into the locker room.
Johnson would get the second half underway with her signature drive to the hoop. She forced the foul and collected two more from the charity stripe, giving Denver a two point lead at 37-35 with eight minutes to play in the third period.
Seattle would lay on a thick full-court press which the Pioneers struggled to break, and capitalize on Denver turnovers, taking the lead with 4:22 to play in the third period at 42-39.
Loven would hit back-to-back triples with just over three minutes to play in the third period, giving the Pioneers a one point lead at 45-44.
Seattle would take a four point lead going into the fourth quarter at 54-50.
Romanowski came out right away in the fourth and hit a jumper, cutting the Redhawks’ lead to two at 54-52.
From there Seattle would go on a 9-3 run, claiming a five point lead with just over five minutes to play in the game.
Spittel would grab the offensive board off a Curtin miss, and put it back for two, cutting into the Seattle lead at 63-57 with 3:43 to play in the game.
From there the Pioneers would foul and get the ball back with one minute to play. Loven would again come in clutch for Denver, nailing the biggest three of the game with 35.9 seconds to play and bringing the Pioneers within three.
The Redhawks would go to the other end and hit two from the charity stripe, extending their lead to five.
The Redhawks would come back and foul Loven, where she would hit both from the line and cut the lead back to three with 22.5 seconds to play.
Seattle would hit six free-throws down the stretch which would be the difference maker in the game.
Denver will play its last game before the holiday break on Tuesday afternoon at 12 p.m. when the Huskies of Northeastern come to Magness Arena.
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