Women's Basketball

Pioneers Fall to Wright State 72-63 on First Day of BTI Invitational

Dec. 19, 2014

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The University of Denver women's basketball team couldn't slow down Tay'ler Mingo and Wright State as the Raiders slipped past the Pioneers Friday afternoon at Purdue University as part of the BTI Invitational. Denver (2-9) fell to Wright State (7-2) 72-63.

Four Pioneers ended up in double figures, with Jacqlyn Poss (Shoreview, Minn.) leading the way with a career-high 16 points, five rebounds and three assists in her first career start. Poss started in place of Paige Bradley (The Woodlands, Texas) who was out with a shoulder injury. Morgan Van Riper-Rose (Eden Prairie, Minn.) dropped in 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Alecia Espinoza (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) tied a career-high with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. Jordan Johnston (Waterloo, Iowa) had an all-around fine game with 12 points, six rebounds and a team-high four assists. Jesse Spittel (Yorba Linda, Calif.) led the Crimson and Gold on the glass with a career-high 10 rebounds.

Mingo was the story for Wright State, she came into the game as the catalyst for the Raiders offensive averaging 23.1 points and 5.2 assists per game and didn't disappoint. She poured in 25 points and finished with nine assists. Tayler Stanton made her presence known on the glass by snagging a team-high nine rebounds to go along with her 12 points.

Denver's hot shooting from the start of the game ignited a 12-0 run that gave the Pioneers what would be their biggest lead of the game at 15-5 with 15:30 to go in the first half. Van Riper-Rose knocked down a pair of jumpers and Espinoza scored on a jumper and a layup to give the Pioneers their 10-point advantage. Denver started the game 6-of-8 shooting from the field.

The Pioneers would eventually cool off shooting the basketball and the Raiders would hit the boards hard, which spurred a 15-0 run and gave Wright State a 20-15 lead with 10:24 remaining in the first half. Mingo was a force offensively, her nine points and five assists in the first half helped Wright State grab a 37-27 lead at the break.

Denver went on a 5-0 run to start the second half; Johnston drained a 3-pointer at the 18:05 mark to make it 37-32. Johnston's layup with 13:29 remaining cut the Raiders' advantage to 44-43, but that was as close as the Pioneers would get the rest of the afternoon. Wright State went an 11-0 run midway through the half to make it 62-47 and put the game out of reach for Denver. The Pioneers fought hard all the way until the very end, finishing the game on a 9-0 run, but it wasn't enough.

For the game Denver shot 43 percent (25-58) from the field and hit on 37 percent (7-19) of its 3-point attempts. Wright State shot 37 percent (28-76) from the field and 27 percent (7-26) from the 3-point range. The Raiders held the rebounding advantage 43-39.

The Pioneers will be back in action tomorrow when they take on BTI Invitational host Purdue University. Tip-off against the Boilermakers is set for 12:30 p.m. MST. An audio-only broadcast is available on Pioneer Vision and a video broadcast is available on .

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