DENVER'S LATE RALLY COMES UP JUST SHORT IN LOSS TO NORTHEASTERN
Pioneers' Last Three Losses Come by a Combined Total of Seven Points
Dec. 20, 2016
- The University of Denver women's basketball team took its first lead of the game with 17 seconds to play, but a game-winner from Northeastern with eight seconds to go would seal the Pioneers' fate, losing to NU 72-69.
Denver had three players scoring in double-digits led by senior guard Jacqlyn Poss' 21 points, five rebounds and four assists. Freshman guard Lauren Loven collected 15 points on 5-of-13 from the floor, including 5-of-11 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Jesse Spittel added 10 points for the Pioneers and freshman guard Briana Johnson collected six points, four assists and three steals on the afternoon.
The Pioneers trailed the entire game, before junior guard Ciera Morgan came up with the day's biggest steal and threw it up to sophomore guard Samantha Romanowski who would take it coast-to-coast and lay it in for two, also drawing the foul and giving Denver a one-point lead with 17 seconds to play.
As a team, Denver shot 47.5 percent (28-of-59) from the floor, including 35 percent (7-of-20) from beyond the arc. The Pioneers grabbed 35 rebounds, compared to 40 for the Huskies.
Denver's bench outscored NU's bench, 25-7 and DU scored 14 points off of Husky turnovers.
The Pioneers got off to a slow start, before Loven would knock one down with a hand in her face with just over two minutes to play in the first quarter, bringing the Pioneers within four at 13-9.
Romanowski would beat the buzzer and hit a long-range jumper, bringing the score within six going into the second quarter, 17-11.
The Pioneers would come out faster in the second quarter and cut the Huskies' lead to four on two from the charity stripe from Johnson at the 7:48 mark in the quarter.
Poss would hit back-to-back jumpers to end the first half, bringing Denver within six at 36-30.
The Huskies scored the first four points of the second half, before Spittel collected two for the Pioneers and cut the Huskies' lead to eight.
Northeastern would extend its lead to 10 with 5:48 to play in the third, but Morgan would answer back with a hard drive where she would get fouled and make one of two from the charity stripe.
Loven would again prove to be a spark off the bench for the Pioneers as she would knock down a huge three, cutting the NU lead to four with 4:52 at 44-40.
The very next play freshman center Leya DePriest would collect two and cut the NU lead to two with four minutes to play in the third period.
Spittel would convert in the lane at the buzzer and cut the Huskies' advantage to four going into the fourth period.
Loven hit a monster three to start the fourth and brought the Pioneers within one at 55-54.
Northeastern would answer, but a corner three, again from Loven, would bring Denver back within three at 60-57 with six minutes to play in the game.
Loven would hit her fifth three of the afternoon a few minutes later, bringing the Pioneers within two at 66-64.
DU would call a timeout after a jumper from Johnson pulled the game back within two at 68-66 with just under one minute to play in the game.
With 16.9 seconds to play, Morgan would gather the steal, and toss it to Romanowski who would take the ball coast to coast, lay it in for two and draw the foul. She would make the free throw and give Denver its first lead of the game at 69-68.
The Huskies would answer back on a layup and take back the lead, 70-69 with eight seconds to play.
Denver would got one more shot, but the layup from Morgan would be blocked. Denver committed a foul with one second to play, and the Huskies would make both taking a three point lead with one second to play.
The Pioneers will start conference play on Dec. 28 when they travel to Vermillion, S.D. to play the Coyotes.
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