Romanowski Scores 23 Points, Denver Beats UMKC, 77-68
Four Pioneers score in double figures
Dec. 20, 2017
DU improved to 8-6 on the season, while the Roos dropped to 2-10.
Leading the way for the Crimson and Gold was Samantha Romanowski, who scored 23 points, shooting 64.2 percent (9-for-14) from field-goal range and 55.5 percent (5-for-9) from behind the arc.
Three other Pioneers scored in double figures, including Carie Weinman with 17, while Claire Gritt and Briana Johnson added 11. Gritt was the lone Pioneers to be named to the Roo Holiday Classic team.
Jordyn Alt once again scored five points, but the senior also carded 12 rebounds. On top of her 11 points, Johnson also passed out six assists.
As a group, the Crimson and Gold shot 48.4 percent (30-for-62) from field-goal range and 44 percent (11-for-25) from 3-point range. The team collected 46 boards, forced 13 turnovers and had 16 assists.
Denver and UMKC traded baskets over the first three minutes, until a Romanowski 3 put the Crimson and Gold up by four, 9-5.
The Roos had no problem fighting back and an India Johnson basket at the five minute mark put the hosts back on top.
After another Romanowski trey gave the Pioneers the lead, the squad extended the margin to six with a layup from Jahla Osborne at the end of the first.
DU’s run continued into the second and another 3 from Romanowski followed by two from Gritt pushed the run to 13-2.
With less than five minutes to play until the break, Madison Nelson scored a pair from the charity stripe to increase the advantage to 13, 34-21.
Denver continued to feel it from behind the arc and a Weinman triple with two minutes left in the period increased the edge to 16. The squad’s 16-point advantage lasted until halftime, as a steal led to a buzzer-beating layup from Osborne.
At the break, Romanowski led the way with 14 points, the junior shot 62.5 percent (5-for-8) from the field and 66.6 percent (4-for-6) from 3-point range.
As a team, the Pioneers shot 51.4 percent (18-for-35) from field-goal range and 46.2 percent (6-for-13) from behind the arc. The squad also collected 30 rebounds, handed out six assists and had three steals.
Into the third, Romanowski kept the fire going from behind the arc, sinking her fifth of the contest.
The barrage of triples continued for DU and Weinman’s second of the contest pushed the score to 52-37 with five minutes to play in the quarter.
UMKC refused to go away and a 3 from Sam Waldron with less than three minutes to play in the period cut the Denver margin to only 11. However, Weinman was there to answer on the other end, as the freshman sunk her fourth of the game.
The Roos cut the margin to single digits at the start of the fourth thanks to a trey from Sierra Bone but the Crimson and Gold refused to play discouraged, quickly pushing it back to double digits.
With five and a half minutes to play, UMKC cut the lead to three, 67-64 thanks to a 6-0 run started by a Waldron three.
DU refused to left the Roos get any closer, as the squad eventually closed the door on any hopes for a comeback.
The Pioneers return to action on Dec. 29, as they start Summit League play at South Dakota.
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