Weinman’s Last Second Shot Seals Win for DU, 74-72
Briana Johnson led the way for the Pioneers with 22 points.
Dec. 16, 2017
LOGAN, Utah – The University of Denver women’s basketball team went to overtime for the first time this season and the squad got the win, 74-72 against Utah State inside Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum.
The Pioneers improved to 7-5 on the year, while the Aggies fell to 2-8.
Leading the way for DU was Briana Johnson who scored 22 points, shooting 50 percent (8-for-16) from the field and 66.7 percent (4-for-6) from 3-point territory. Jordyn Alt, Carie Weinman, Jasmine Jeffcoat and Samantha Romanowski all added eight points to help earn the victory.
Alt and Romanowski each grabbed seven rebounds, while Romanowski also handed out five assists.
As a team, the Crimson and Gold shot 39.1 percent (27-for-69) from field-goal range and 38.5 percent (10-for-26) from behind the arc. As a team, Denver grabbed 41 rebounds, forced 14 turnovers and had 13 assists.
Scoring the first four points for the Pioneers was Weinman, as the freshman was quick to answer buckets from Utah State.
DU got its first lead of the game, 11-9 thanks to a 3 from Jeffcoat with just under five minutes to play in the first. On the next DU possession, Romanowski followed Jeffcoat with a triple, the squad’s second of the contest.
The Aggies continued to stay within striking distance of the Crimson and Gold, and a layup from Jessie Geer returned the margin to USU. Lauren Loven was quick to answer, hitting Denver’s third 3.
At the end of the first, the Pioneers continued to hold the edge, 19-17, after Romanowski sunk a pair of free throws.
A Jeffcoat steal led to the freshman getting a breakaway layup and put DU up by four to start the second.
The Aggies quickly responded with a 6-0 run, thanks to back-to-back treys that put Utah State up, 23-21.
The two teams traded baskets and were all tied at 25 for several minutes, until Loven drained her second 3-pointer of the contest.
Utah State stayed within one point over the last couple minutes of the quarter and a triple from Rachel Brewster with just five seconds to play gave USU the lead, 32-30 at the half.
Into the second half, a short Alt jumper tied the game at 32. Just minutes later the senior broke a 34-34 tie and returned the advantage to the Crimson and Gold.
A Victoria Price two-point jumper retook the lead for the Aggies, but on the next Denver possession Madison Nelson answered with a 3.
After Price once again broke a tie between the two squads, Johnson followed with the Pioneers’ sixth trey of the game, 44-43.
Once again USU retook the advantage on a near buzzer-beater, as Geer hit a 3 to end the third.
Olivia West extended the Aggie margin to four points with a big 3-pointer at the start of the fourth. However, with just under six minutes to play Alt tied the game with a pair from the charity stripe.
DU finally retook the lead, 58-56 following Johnson’s second triple of the contest. The squad got another from Johnson on the following possession, pushing the point difference to five.
Utah State’s West connected with a trey with 30 seconds left to cut the advantage to two. The Aggies were able to force overtime, as USU’s Shannon Dufficy made a three with only seconds to play.
In overtime, Utah State continued to roll, pushing its run to 9-0, until a Johnson triple broke it up and put the Pioneers within one. The Crimson and Gold tied it on the next possession thanks to a free throw from Jeffcoat.
Finally, a Johnson layup retook the edge for DU, 69-67. However, the Aggies were there to tie it up.
After USU hit another triple to tie the game with 18 seconds left, Weinman answered the Pioneers prayers by sinking a 15-foot off-balance jumper to put the Pioneers back on top with less than a second left.
The Aggies’ attempted buzzer-beater bounced off the rim at the end of overtime and sealed the win for the Crimson and Gold.
Denver returns to action on Tuesday, as they take on Liberty in Kansas City, Mo., as part of the Roo Holiday Classic.
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