South Dakota Blows Past Denver in Summit League Opener, 79-51
Claire Gritt and Lauren Loven each go for 10 points
Dec. 30, 2017
VERMILLION, S.D.– The University of Denver women’s basketball team struggled offensively and South Dakota took advantage, routing the Pioneers, 79-51 inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Saturday afternoon.
On the year, DU falls to 8-7 and 0-1 in the Summit, Meanwhile USD improves to 9-5 and 1-0 in league play.
Lauren Loven and Claire Gritt guided the Crimson and Gold, as they each tallied 10 points. Gritt finished the day a perfect 100 percent from the field (4-for-4) and charity stripe (2-for-2). Loven went 44.4 percent (4-for-9) from field-goal range and 33.3 percent (2-for-6) from behind the arc.
As a unit, Denver shot 36.4 percent (16-for-44) from the field and 26.1 percent (6-for-23) from 3-point territory. The team also notched 26 rebounds, forced 18 turnovers and 11 assists.
The South Dakota offense came out hot to start the game, quickly taking a 7-0 lead, capped by a 3 from Madison McKeever.
USD continued to score at will, going on a 13-0 run before a White layup finally put the Pioneers on the board. The freshman added a trey just a few minutes later to cut the Coyotes advantage to only 10.
DU then got its second trey of the game, this time from Carie Weinman, but South Dakota fired back on the other end with a triple from Ciera Duffy.
With less than a second left in the first, USD’s Jaycee Bradley scored three points on an old-fashion tree-point play and pushed the lead to 15 points, 26-11.
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