Feb. 18, 2015
Denver - The University of Denver (8-19, 5-8 Summit) lost to the University of South Dakota (21-5, 11-2 Summit) at Magness Arena 79-68 on Wednesday night. Starting point guard Paige Bradley (The Woodlands, Texas) led the Pioneers with 21 points, shooting 6-of-8 from the foul line, to go along with eight assists and five rebounds.
Sophomore Alecia Espinoza (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) recorded a new career-high with 17 points, on 57 percent shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds. Freshman Jordyn Alt (North Oaks, Minn.) grabbed ten rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
Senior Morgan Van Riper-Rose (Eden Prairie, Minn.) moved into 11th place on Denver's all-time scoring list with 1,274 career points, passing Melissa Garcia (1999-2002). Van Riper-Rose finished with ten points on 4-of-4 shooting from the foul line.
Denver trailed by as much as nine in the first half, but went on an 8-0 run in the final five minutes to trim the lead to 28-26 at halftime. Forward Jesse Spittel (Yorba Linda, Calif.) recorded eight of her nine rebounds along with two blocks in the first half.
Solid shooting by the Coyotes gave South Dakota an eight-point lead early in the second half as the team shot 57 percent (20-of-35) from the field after halftime. Tough Denver defense forced 15 Coyote turnovers, leading to 13 points for the Pioneers.
Senior Raeshel Contreras scored 22 points for the Coyotes while junior Margaret McCloud added 16 points and six rebounds. Starting guard Nicole Seekamp added 12 points and eight assists.
For the game, Denver shot 39 percent (25-of-64) from the field and 37 percent (7-of-19) from the 3-point line, while South Dakota connected on 47 percent (31-of-66) of its attempts from the field and 35 percent (6-of-17) from behind the 3-point arc. The Pioneers sank 79 percent (11-of-14) of their free throw attempts. South Dakota dropped in 61 percent (11-of-18) of their attempts from the foul line.
Denver hits the road this weekend, traveling to Illinois for a matchup against Western Illinois on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. MT. This will be the fourth meeting all-time between these two teams, with Denver looking for a win after falling to the Leathernecks in their last meeting at Magness Arena on January 15.
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