Hrynko, DePaul Bomb Sun Devils

CHICAGO- If it's true that doing well is the best revenge, it was mission accomplished for the DePaul Blue Demons Friday night.

DePaul continued one streak and avenged another as it beat Arizona State 73-55 at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

No. 23 DePaul had been riding a 10-game win streak last year when the Sun Devils beat the Blue Demons 79-66 in Tempe.

This year, DePaul was riding a 24-game home win streak coming into Friday night, and it had that streak continue via season-highs from Brittany Hrynko and Katherine Harry, and a career-high by Anna Martin.

DePaul coach Doug Bruno had been informed 10 minutes before the game that his star forward, Keisha Hampton, could not play due to an injury. Freshman point guard Chanise Jenkins is wearing a cast on her left foot. But the winning continues.

For a team that is tied for second in the country in three-pointers, averaging 10 per game, it was lock down defense Friday night that provided the springboard for DePaul.

The Blue Demons (10-2, 1-0 Big East) held ASU scoreless for the game's first eight minutes, jumping out to a 9-1 lead. Hrynko scored 10 of DePaul's first 21 points.

The Sun Devils (7-2), whose previous loss was to No. 13 Rutgers, had not given up more than 59 points in a game this year.

Hrynko scored 16 of her 25 points in the first half as DePaul led 41-26 at the break.

"We knew Brittany was going to play a lot this year, but we never envisioned she was going to have to take over the team and we did not envision what was going to happen to Chanise Jenkins," Bruno said. "She has been put in a lot of tough places [with our tough non-conference schedule]. She is getting a lot of experience, she is maturing, and she understands a lot of the little things about the game."

Harry scored a season-high 14 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. Over the course of her 37 minutes of floor time she scored equally well from 17 feet as she did from three feet.

"I got in the gym and tried to develop more than just a back-to-the-basket game," Harry said. "Today was one of those days where our guards were dribble penetrating and bringing my defense in and then I was available on the perimeter."

Martin's three-quarter court on-the-run baseball pass to Deanna Ortiz for a layup and three-point play gave the Blue Demons a 38-19 lead. Martin finished with a career-high and game-high eight assists.

"Anna has been a big time scorer, but she had six assists and a big rebounding night against Princeton," Bruno said. "Once she starts putting it all together, scoring with the assists, that is when players make other people better and that is the sign of a great player."

ASU twice got to within 13 points in the second half, but Hrynko's three-pointer and two free throws extinguished both threats.

Jasmine Penny provided another strong effort for DePaul, scoring 14 points and converting a key layup with three minutes to play.

"I had a gut instinct all spring and summer that Jasmine was going to have a great year this year," Bruno said. "I think she has a lot more talent than even she realizes."

Janae Fulcher came off the bench to lead ASU with 16 points.

DePaul plays at Illinois State this Monday at 7:00 CST before returning home to play Southern Illinois this Thursday at 7:00 CST.

Notes:

- Hampton had her streak of 113 consecutive starts broken tonight.

- Maureen Mulchrone made her first career start for DePaul.


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