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Game Preview: Pioneers Set to Open Season Against Falcons on Friday

Nov. 9, 2017

Denver

(0-0, 0-0 Summit)

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AIR FORCE

(0-0, 0-0 Mountain West)

Friday, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 | 7:05 p.m. MT
Clune Arena (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

 

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DENVER -- The University of Denver women's basketball team will have a lot of fresh faces for the 2017-18 season.

First-year head coach Jim Turgeon takes over a squad that went 6-24 last season, but brings back a variety of experience with three seniors, a pair of juniors and six sophomores. The Crimson and Gold will also add five freshmen to the team this year.

DU will open its season on the road, traveling to regional-rival Air Force on Nov. 10. The Pioneers will return to Denver to take on Northern Colorado on Nov. 12.

With the returning talent and the incoming freshman, there is much to be excited about going into this season.

One exciting returner is sophomore guard Lauren Loven who had a strong first year. Loven averaged 10.8 points per game last season, while also setting a new single-season record for most three-pointers made with 83. The Scottsdale, Ariz. native put up a career-high 26 points against Fort Wayne on Jan. 12.

Also returning to the lineup is veteran forward Jordyn Alt. Last season started slow for the North Oaks, Minn. native, but she ended the year third on the team in rebounds per game. Against Western Illinois on Feb. 11, the senior dished out a career-high six assists.

Briana Johnson and Samantha Romanowski will both look to continue their careers in a big way this year. The pair both had a strong 2016-2017. Johnson led the team with in made free throws with 105. On four different occasions over the season, Johnson notched a career-high 16 points. Romanowski finished third on the team in points per game last year, averaging 10.0 points. The junior etched a career-high 25 points on the road against Idaho State on Dec. 11.

Looking to bring back some height to the team will be sophomores Abi Curtin, Leya DePriest and Madison Nelson. All three Pioneers stand above 6-foot-1 and will be looking to gain more experience. DePriest, a center, saw action in 24 games in 2016-17. The Palmer, Ala. native grabbed a career-high seven rebounds at Northern Arizona on Dec. 3. Curtin, who came to DU by way of Australia, saw action in 22 games, making six starts. Against Utah Valley on Dec. 9, Curtin scored a career-high six points.

Nelson averaged 9.5 minutes and 2.7 points per game. At South Dakota, she totaled nine points on Dec. 28, a career best.

New faces on this year's squad include five freshmen from around the country.

Guards Claire Gritt (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill.), bring strong ball-handling and stellar shooting skills to the Denver backcourt. Forwards Jasmine Jeffcoat  (Louisville, Colo.), Sidney Wentland (Elk River, Minn.), and Grace White (Redby, Minn.) bring much-needed size and strength to the front court.

After opening with Air Force and Northern Colorado, DU hosts Wyoming on Nov. 16 and Chadron State on Nov. 22. The Crimson and Gold will then fly to California for the LMU Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 24. Denver will later wrap up non-league play with Utah Valley on Jan. 2.

The Pioneers will open league play on the road against South Dakota on Dec. 30. The squad will host their first home Summit League game against South Dakota State on Jan. 11.

PIONEER MOVEMENT:

Fans interested in making a donation to the women's basketball program can do so by clicking here. Your contribution will make a direct impact on the success of YOUR Pioneers. Thank you in advance for your unwavering support of our student-athletes and their quest for excellence.

Student-Athlete Alumni Giving Challenge:

In 2017-18, the University of Denver is holding an alumni giving challenge in an effort to increase student-athlete alumni participation in the Denver Athletics Annual Fund. The sport program with the highest percentage of alumni participation will receive an additional $10,000 of support through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Former student-athletes can make a gift online, by calling 303-871-2388 during normal business hours or by sending a check to:

Athletics Development Office
Attn: Kaley Rickert
2201 E. Asbury Avenue 
Denver, CO 80208

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