Jasmine Penny notched 21 points and 10 rebounds and red shirt freshman Brandi Harvey-Carr scored a career-high 14 points as No. 25 DePaul beat Illinois State, 80-67, at McGrath Phillips Arena.
The two teams were headed in opposite directions coming into tonight's match up. The Redbirds (0-1) committed 28 turnovers it their 61-48 loss to Northern Kentucky, while the Blue Demons (3-0) were coming off a 93.5 ppg average in its two wins in capturing the Maggie Dixon Classic.
The Blue Demons forced 28 turnovers tonight and scored 31 points off of them.
DePaul coach Doug Bruno's teams are known for their fast play, but tonight, fast at times was too fast.
The Blue Demons shot 30-67 from the field, and at least five of those shots were missed layups.
"There are a lot of missed shots that are caused to be missed by the opponent, and then there are missed lay ups," said Bruno. "You go fast, you scramble, and you miss lay ups."
Penny, coming off her first-ever Big East Honor Roll selection, shot 8-12 from the field. Her two lay ups and a jumper keyed DePaul's 8-0 run to start the second half after being down 41-37 at the break.
She acknowledged the benefit DePaul has when Harvey-Carr plays like she did tonight.
"I was really excited for Brandi tonight. She did a really good job, so I was glad to have another post player. She was really strong down low."
Harvey-Carr, scoreless in the first half, showed in the second half what her work over the past 12 months has reaped.
"I try to get my teammates open, and when that happens, it opens up post up play for me."
After shooting 0-2 in the first half, she finished 5-10 from the field with six rebounds and two steals.
"I think everyone got to see Brandi start to grow tonight," said Bruno. "I think she has the chance to be a really good collegiate post player."
Centrese McGee's three-pointer gave DePaul a 30-17 lead with 8:07 left in the first half. The Redbirds then went on what would be multiple runs tonight, closing to 35-30 with 3:13 remaining.
Brittany Hrynko's (16 points, team-high eight assists) lay up at the buzzer gave DePaul its four-point halftime lead.
And even with his team at 3-0, Bruno was quick to see that tonight's overall performance may not yield the same result in the coming weeks.
"I thought our decision-making was actually kind of weak. We have to be a lot better for the competition looking at us, at No. 5 Notre Dame, at Northwestern, Loyola at home, and No. 7 Kentucky at home."
DePaul plays Notre Dame on Tuesday, Nov. 26th at 6:00 CST.
- DePaul's Kelsey Smith and ShaKeya Graves did not dress tonight.
- Illinois State last beat DePaul in 1984, a 78-65 win.
- DePaul is now 66-2 versus teams from Illinois since 2000.
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