All Cylinders Boost DePaul Women

CHICAGO- It takes gelatin more than eight minutes to set. It took the DePaul women's basketball team that much time before they set against the St. Xavier Cougars in Tuesday's night exhibition opener for both teams.

Every active DePaul player scored as the Blue Demons routed the Cougars, 101-59, at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

DePaul trailed 14-10 midway through the first half, playing an unsteady and unsure game.

And then they set.

A three-pointer by Chanise Jenkins (seven points, seven assists, and six rebounds) started a 34-3 DePaul run that culminated in a 52-19 lead with four minutes left in the first half.

"We have a lot of guards and other players that can play," said Jenkins. "That we can rotate so many players in and out is a big factor for our team."

Jenkins' shot was followed by a three-pointer from the left wing by freshman guard Jessica January (16 points and five assists). January then assisted on a basket by Brooke Schulte. Megan Rogowski's (16 points) three-pointer stretched the lead to 10 and the route was on.

"I thought Jessica January had a good freshman night, coming off the bench and showing why we believe she is a really big recruit for us," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno.

But even with the great all-around play, it was just the first exhibition game.

"There is so much about [our team] that we don't know yet, and we are not going to know until games begin to play out because we have options of going slow, going big, but we are still at a very early stage of figuring out who we are and what we are," said Bruno.

DePaul came after the Cougars in waves, both offensively and defensively. The Blue Demons had 21 assists on 34 field goals, outrebounded the Cougars 50-38, forced 34 turnovers resulting in 46 points, and had sixteen steals.

And the Big East's pre-season Player of the Year, Brittany Hrynko, did not even start for DePaul, with Bruno trying out a different starting combination tonight.

"We are not even close to knowing which players work best together, so I cannot even say if there is a certain line up yet," said Bruno. "I wanted to experiment with different line ups, with Megan Podkowa inside and outside. Centrese McGee can play outside and inside. Kelsey Reynolds and Megan Rogowski have experience."

It did not seem to make much difference who was on the floor for DePaul. Jasmine Penny scored 16 points, Megan Podkowa added 11 points, Brandi Harvey-Carr had a team-high eight rebounds, and freshman ShaKeya Graves added 11 points. Hrynko scored seven points in 11 minutes of play.

DePaul's bench scored 45 points.

Freshman Merri Bennett-Swanson's soft 15 footer at 3:40 put DePaul up 92-51, and Graves sent the team over the century mark with her three-point play with just under one minute to play.

"Everybody on the team played some quality basketball," said Bruno.

The Cougars went on a 13-4 run midway through the second half to close to 66-38 before DePaul answered with its own 13-4 run.

St. Xavier's all-time scoring average leader, Morgan Stuut, paced the Cougars with 24 points.

DePaul completes its exhibition schedule this Friday at home versus Illinois Wesleyan.

Notes:

- Kelsey Smith did not play for DePaul due to injury.


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