Jan. 12, 2017
FORT WAYNE, Ind.- Freshman guardLauren Loven shot a sizzling 72.7 percent from beyond the arc, going 8-of-11 on the night and collecting a career-high 26 points as the Pioneers defeated the Mastodons of Fort Wayne by a final score of 78-72 Thursday night in Summit League action.
Freshman guard Briana Johnson tied a career-high with 16 points on the night, going 4-of-5 from the field, adding two rebounds and two assists. Senior guard Jacqlyn Poss also added 15 points.
Redshirt sophomore forwardJahla Osborne grabbed seven rebounds, including five offensive boards.
As a team, Denver shot 48.3 percent from the field and went 8-of-15 from downtown for an astonishing 53.3 percent.
The Pioneers grabbed 30 rebounds compared to 40 for the Mastodons, and went 12-of-18 from the free throw line.
Denver went on a tear in the fourth quarter, scoring a season-high 30 points to end the night.
At the eight minute mark of the first quarter, senior forward Jesse Spittel tied the ball up and the possession arrow pointed toward the Pioneers. Spittel would utilize the possession, scoring on an inside-out move down low, bringing the score to 6-4 in favor of the Pioneers.
Loven would hit the first three of the night on a wide open triple, tying the game at 14 with four minutes to play in the first quarter.
The Mastodons had a defensive miscommunication with 2:37 to play in the first quarter and Denver capitalized when junior guard Ciera Morgan found a wide open Osborne underneath, taking a three point lead at 17-14.
With six minutes to play in the half, junior forward Jordyn Alt kicked it out to Loven who knocked down the triple, tying the score at 29-all.
At the three minute mark in the second quarter, Poss found a slicing Samantha Romanowski who would lay it in for two, bringing the Pioneers within one at 34-33.
With just over one minute to play in the half, Loven would knock down her third 3 of the game on a step back jumper, bringing Denver back within four at 39-35.
Fort Wayne would take a 40-35 lead into the half.
Loven would get the second half started on the right foot, hitting from way downtown, bringing Denver within three at 40-38 with seven minutes to play in the third period.
With four minutes to play in the third period, Osborne would grab the rebound off a Pioneer miss and put it back in for two, cutting into the Fort Wayne lead, 45-40.
With two to go in the third period, Poss would force the backcourt turnover and kick it to Johnson who would collect two, bringing Denver back within five at 47-42.
Johnson would find Loven at the top of the key and the freshman would knock down her fifth triple of the game, bringing Denver within one at 47-46 with 30 seconds to play in the third period.
Denver would never look back from there as one play later Johnson got fouled and knocked down both from the charity stripe, giving Denver its first lead of the game since the eight minute mark of the second period. DU took a one point lead into the fourth period at 48-47.
Romanowski would take it all the way in with 8:30 to go in the final period, giving Denver a five point lead at 52-47.
Osborne collected her fifth offensive board of the evening with seven to go in the game and found a wide open Loven at the top of the key who hit, giving Denver a six point lead at 57-51.
Denver ended the game scoring a season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter.
The Pioneers will travel to IUPUI for a match on Saturday afternoon.
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