DePaul Women Zap Yale, Traveling Time

CHICAGO- DePaul University finished up its final exams last week. And for its women's basketball team, there was no time to rethink answer "B" or "all of the above" as time management became an even bigger issue for the team starting Monday night.

DePaul (3-1) had five starters in double figures and beat Yale 95-80 Monday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

This was DePaul's second game of a stretch of five games in eight days. The team catches a 5:45 a.m. flight on Tuesday to head to the Paradise Jam Tournament in the Virgin Islands.

"I am really excited for the degree of difficulty that was created in this win," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. " [Yale] pushed us hard and I am glad they pushed us hard."

The Blue Demons scored 64 points in the paint, and were led by post players Jasmine Penny's 22 points and Katherine Harry's 18 points and 16 rebounds, with both players falling two points shy of tying career records in points. Harry scored 15 points in the first half to help DePaul to a 43-34 halftime lead. She has notched double digit rebounds in three games this year.

Penny grabbed just four rebounds, but her three consecutive rebounds and conversion of the third one as part of a three-point play with under three minutes left was evidence of her grittiness, perhaps more so than the inadvertent elbow she took to the mouth.

"Jasmine is turning into a warrior, and that is something special to watch," said Bruno.

Penny shot 10-13 from the field.

The only other time these two teams have played was on November 18, 2006, an 86-60 DePaul win. Guard China Threatt led DePaul with 18 points in that game, and tonight, the Blue Demons' guards followed her lead.

Brittany Hrynko and Chanise Jenkins combined for 23 points, 14 assists and five steals. Jenkins' eleven points and nine assists are career highs.

"My confidence level was pretty high [tonight]," said Jenkins. "The team did a good job of getting open for me to pass them the ball, so it was a team effort on how confident I was tonight."

DePaul led by 15 points midway through the second half, but it was an emotional response from an intellectual institution that provided Yale with a spark.

The Bulldogs' bench was assessed a technical foul and Yale then went on a 13-2 run to close to 78-70 with 6:49 left to play. A three-point play by Hrynko pushed DePaul's lead to 85-71 with just over five minutes to play.

Anna Martin added a team-high-tying 22 points to go along with five assists and two steals. Her jumper at 15:01 of the first half pushed her past Latasha Byears (1994-1996) and into 14th place all-time for scoring at DePaul. Martin has scored 1,443 points at DePaul. Byears was the first Associated Press All-America in DePaul history.

Yale grabbed its biggest lead of the game at 29-26 midway through the first half, but Martin scored six points to lead DePaul on a 17-3 run.

Sarah Halejian and Nyasha Sarju each scored 16 points for Yale (1-3).

DePaul will play in the Reef Division in the Paradise Jam Tournament, facing Florida Gulf Coast, Hampton, and South Carolina, all NCAA Tournament qualifiers, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This will be DePaul's first match up with Florida Gulf Coast and Hampton. The Blue Demons are 2-2 versus South Carolina, last playing the Gamecocks on December 5, 1989, a 63-58 win. South Carolina advanced to the Sweet Sixteen last year.

DePaul returns home to play Northwestern on December 2 at 4:00 p.m. CST.

Notes:

- 6'4" post player Kelsey Smith becomes eligible for the Paradise Jam Tournament after sitting out last year and part of this year per NCAA transfer guidelines.

- DePaul is now 6-0 versus the Ivy League.


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