FREE-THROWS LIFT SOUTH DAKOTA OVER DENVER
Coyotes Collect 11 Free-Throws in Final Two Minutes of Play to Defeat Pioneers
Dec. 28, 2016
– Eleven free-throws in the final two minutes of play lifted the University of South Dakota over the University of Denver Pioneers by a final score of 70-64 at the Sports Center on Wednesday night.
Freshman forward Madison Nelson had a career night, collecting a career-high nine points while adding two rebounds and one block. Senior forward Jesse Spittel led DU in rebounds with five, also adding six points and two steals.
As a team, Denver shot 44.4 percent from the floor while South Dakota shot 39.6 percent. The Pioneers were 10-of-16 from the charity stripe for 62.5 percent, the Coyotes ended the game 28-of-35 from the line for 80 percent.
DU was outrebounded, 36-25 on the night.
Denver would take an early 4-2 lead on the Coyotes on a jumper from freshman forward Abi Curtin with just over six minutes to play in the first period.
Romanowski would collect her first points of the match on a finger roll through the lane with three minutes to play in the first quarter, bringing the score to 7-6 with the Coyotes maintaining a one-point lead.
Nelson would get big minutes for Denver in the first period, converting on a three-point play with just over a minute to go, bringing the score to 11-all. Just one play later Loven would give the Pioneers a three-point lead, hitting from deep.
Nelson would come up with a huge steal to end the first quarter, taking it coast-to-coast and laying it in for two, giving Denver a two-point lead going into the second quarter.
South Dakota would score the first three points of the second quarter, before a jumper from senior guard Jacqlyn Poss gave Denver back the lead at 18-17 at the 6:53 mark.
Redshirt sophomore forward Jahla Osborne would bring the score within one at the 3:10 mark of the second quarter at 23-22.
From there, the Coyotes would go on a 9-4 run to close out the half and take a 32-26 lead into the break.
Loven hit from beyond the arc with just over seven minutes to play in third period, bringing the score to within four at 37-33, but the Coyotes would answer back a play later, extending their lead to seven.
Romanowksi hit another triple for the Pioneers, bringing the score back to within four with 6:08 to play in the third quarter at 40-36, but the Coyotes completed a 7-0 run over the course of 1:34 to take a 47-36 lead with 4:50 to play in the third quarter.
With 1:45 to play in the third quarter, Romanowski would take a huge charge and the Pioneers would convert on a turnaround jumper in the lane from Spittel, bringing Denver within five at 49-44.
Poss would hit a jumper with 5:01 to play in the game, bringing DU within two at 55-53.
A layup from Spittel would again bring Denver within two at 59-57 with just under two minutes to play.
South Dakota would knock five free throws down in the next 30 seconds, extending its lead to eight before Loven would come up with a huge triple and cut the lead to six at 66-60 with 45 seconds to play in the game.
However, the rally wouldn’t be enough as South Dakota would convert on free-throws down the stretch.
DU heads back home for a match-up with North Dakota State University on Saturday at 1 p.m. inside Magness Arena.
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