Nov. 14, 2016
GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Denver women's basketball team dropped its first road game of the season, falling to the University of Northern Colorado by a final score of 68-48 Monday night at Bank of Colorado Arena.
DU would get action from all 14 players, with sophomore guard Samantha Romanowski leading the way with 14 points. Freshman guard Lauren Loven would add nine points while junior guard Ciera Morgan would swipe a career-high five steals on the night. Redshirt sophomore Jahla Osborne, freshman center Leya DePriest and junior forward Jordyn Alt would all grab five rebounds apiece.
The Pioneers started out hot with a huge three from Romanowski followed by a steal from Morgan and a dish to Osborne giving DU an early 5-3 lead on the Bears. Spittel took it hard to the hoop with just under seven minutes to play and got the hoop and the harm, extending the Pio lead to five. Denver would end the first quarter with the lead at 16-9.
The Bears would battle back in the second quarter and cut the Pio lead to one at 16-15, before Romanowski would come in clutch again and hit an elbow jumper to put DU up 18-15 with six minutes to play. UNC would take a 27-23 lead into the locker room at the half.
In the first half of play, the Pioneers shot 25 percent (7-of-28) from the floor while the Bears were 34.5 percent on 10-of-29 shooting. Denver had 18 total rebounds led by Osborne's five and Northern Colorado had 23 boards.
Northern Colorado would go on a run to start the third before freshman Lauren Loven would come in off the bench and hit a huge three, bringing the score to 39-26 in favor of the Bears. Romanowski would hit a triple from way downtown and bring the score within 15 at 45-30 with just over one minute to play in the third.
The Pioneers would get a spark from newcomers off the bench in the fourth, with freshman guards Abi Curtin and Briana Johnson scoring back to back points, cutting into the Bears lead at 38-60 with four minutes to play in the game.
On the game, Denver would shoot just 25.9 percent (14-of-54) while UNC went 27-of-62 for 43.5 percent on the night. Northern Colorado outrebounded DU 42-37 and Denver committed 17 turnovers while the Bears had 14.
Denver is back in action Thursday night in a match against Wyoming. The game is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. MT.
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