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Nelson Scores 26, Pioneers Beat Falcons, 75-54

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The University of Denver women's basketball team earned its first win of the season on Friday. Despite playing on the road, DU secured a thrilling 75-54 win inside Clune Arena.

In not only the first game of the season, but the first game under Jim Turgeon, the Pioneers shot 28-for-70 for 40 percent from the field.

Leading the way for the Crimson and Gold was Madison Nelson, who chalked up 26 points, eight rebounds, a block and a steal.

Samantha Romanowski added 14 points along with four assists and three steals. The junior shot 5-for-12 from the field and 1-for-5 from behind the arc.

The Falcons and Pioneers both started slow, as neither team could get a bucket in the first two and a half minutes. However, a Nelson layup gave Denver the first lead of the game.

Following Nelson's layup, Air Force went on a 7-4 run, before a Romanowski jumper started a 7-1 run for Denver, capped off by a three-point play from Jahla Osborne.

Both the Falcons and the Pioneers added two more points before the end of the first, but it was the Crimson and Gold on top at the end of the quarter 13-10.

Air Force took a 14-13 lead to start the second quarter but a fast break lay-in from Abi Curtin returned the lead to Denver.

With less than two minutes until the break, DU looked to add to a one-point lead after Nelson drew a shooting foul. The sophomore connected with both shots and Denver led 19-16.

On Air Force's next possession, Kaelin Immel cut the lead back to one with a jumper. Both squads looked to add to their point totals before the break, but to no avail.

Romanowski started the third in a huge way for the team, draining the team's first three of the game.

The Romanowski triple started a 11-2 run and put Denver up by eight, 30-22.

Despite the Falcons working the lead down to four, the Pioneers built the lead to 10, making the score 37-27 off a Romanowski dash to the basket.

DU then built the lead to 18-points to start the fourth, 50-32. By the five minute mark, Denver had one of its largest leads of the game at 22.

The lead was too much for Air Force to overcome, as the Pioneers lit up the scoreboard in the second half.

Over the fourth, the Crimson and Gold shot 11-for-18 for 61.1 percent.

The team returns to Denver on Sunday to take on Northern Colorado inside Magness Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.


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