Nov. 28, 2015
FREEPORT, BAHAMAS - Despite a valiant effort, the University of Denver women's basketball team came up just short on Friday, losing 58-53 to Louisiana Tech in its final game of the Junkanoo Jam.
Samantha Romanowski (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.) continued her strong play, posting a season-high 17 points. Romanowski provided some serious scoring punch for the Pioneers from the perimeter, knocking down three 3-pointers on the day.
Jesse Spittel (Yorba Linda, Calif.) finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, narrowly missing out on her first double-double of the year for DU.
The Lady Techsters were led by Brandi Wingate, who poured in a game-high 22 points to go along with six rebounds.
Louisiana Tech got out to a 10-4 lead going into the first media timeout. Ciera Morgan (Parker, Colo.) and Spittel each picked up quick buckets on the inside for Denver.
The Lady Techsters continued to fluster the Pioneers the rest of the quarter, securing an 11-point lead at the end of the first, 17-6.
DU was able to make it a 12-point game midway through the second after Spittel scored on an easy layup on the inbounds play under the hoop. For the junior, it was her sixth point of the half.
Denver fought its way back into this one late in the first half, using a 7-0 run of its own to make it a five-point contest at 24-19 after a Paige Bradley (The Woodlands,Texas) 3-pointer. The Pioneers' ability to work itself back into the game was due to the defense stringing together several stops and finding -- and converting - open looks back on the offensive end.
LTU was able to withstand the run and finished the half strong, leading 28-20 at the break.
Shooting was the big difference in the first half, with Louisiana Tech shooting 50 percent (12-for-24) from the field and DU shooting 32.1 percent (9-for-28).
Hot shooting in the opening portion of the third allowed for Denver to cut the Lady Techsters' lead to five at 32-27 within the first three minutes of play.
A jumper from Romanowski brought the Pioneers to within three at 34-31 heading into the media timeout, giving the freshman her seventh point of the game.
DU finally tied the game up at 34 all after Romanowski continued her offensive assault, knocking down a huge 3-pointer from deep on the right wing to bring her total to 10 in the game.
Denver ended the quarter strong, picking up its first lead of the night after Romanowski secured an offensive rebound and converted the layup to make it 39-38.
Both teams battled in the first five minutes in the fourth quarter with the Pioneers taking a 46-45 lead at the final media timeout with 4:55 left in regulation.
A pair of made free throws put LTU up four at 52-48 with just under three minutes in regulation.
DU got a big break late when Louisiana Tech inexplicably fouled Romanowski on a 3-point attempt. The Mountlake Terrace, Wash. native could only capitalize on one of the three free-throw attempts, making it 52-49 and forcing Denver to foul to extend the game.
The Lady Techsters knocked down their free throws and held on to get the victory.
The Pioneers (1-4) continue their five-game road trip with a game at Seattle University this upcoming Thursday, Dec. 3. Start time is scheduled for 8 p.m. MT.
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