DePaul placed all five starters in double figures and beat Dartmouth, 90-76, in front of 4,000 screaming Chicagoland elementary students at DePaul's 7th Annual Field Trip Day.
"I can't say enough about Jean Lenti-Ponsetto, and Dave Corzine from our marketing department," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno. "A lot of schools have Field Trip days, but not all schools pay for the buses out of their own budgets, and not a lot of schools buy the students tee-shirts. I always thank our administration for that. It's always good to have energy in a building. The children bring the energy."
Field Trip Day is a DePaul Athletics project which provides local elementary children a glimpse of college life.
And the energy those children brought transferred to the playing floor as DePaul's first five field goals were three-pointers, and the energy then transferred back to the children in the form of 4,000 screaming voices with each basket.
Any letdown from DePaul's loss Thursday night to No. 5 Kentucky was not apparent, and DePaul made a conscious effort to prepare for a stretch where it will play four games in six days.
"We wanted to come together here today and have some cohesion with our team, play together as a team, get back on track, and get us going for the four games we have this week," said DePaul's Megan Rogowski.
Rogowski scored a game-high-tying 18 points and shot 4-9 from behind the arc. Her average of 3.4 three-pointers per game ranks her twelfth in Division I.
Two consecutive three-pointers by Chanise Jenkins gave DePaul a 34-24 lead with 7:12 left in half.
Brittany Hrynko's assist to Rogowski gave the Blue Demons a 51-36 lead.
This was the first meeting between the two teams. DePaul is now 9-0 all-time versus the Ivy League.
"I was really happy that our team was starting to come together as a team," said Bruno. "I thought we did some good things against Kentucky, but today I thought we did a lot of of good things. We still have to guard better and rebound better."
DePaul was outrebounded 36-35.
Hrynko did not score her first points until 6:41 of the first half, but she played perhaps her best all-around game this year. Her final line was sparking: 13 points on 5-10 from the field, six assists, two steals, and one turnover.
"I thought Brittany had one of her better games of letting the offense come to her instead of pre-determining that this time it is her time to score," said Bruno. "All she has to do is understand that great players make their teammates better. Chanise and Brittany can be two of the best guards in the country from a facilitation point of view."
DePaul, eighth in assists in Division I at 20.3 per game, recorded 24 assists on 32 field goals.
The Big Green opened the second half on a 29-13 run, taking its first lead at 65-64 with 10:15 remaining.
A three-pointer by Jenkins gave the lead back to DePaul for good at 69-68 with 8:44 left.
"At 69-68, you are still up, so let's finish the game and let's win the game," said Bruno. "That is what we talked about in the huddle."
DePaul (5-3) closed the game on a 22-5 run, getting a three-pointer from Jessica January and three-point plays from Hrynko and Jasmine Penny (12 points).
Jenkins finished with 14 points and four assists. Megan Podkowa added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Brandi Harvey -Carr 12 points for DePaul.
Dartmouth (1-8) was led by Fanni Szabo's 18 points. The Big Green are now 0-8 when none of their players record a double-double.
DePaul plays this weekend in the Duel In The Desert tournament in Las Vegas. The Blue Demons play Pittsburgh on Thursday, Washington on Friday, and Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. DePaul last played in the tournament in 2009, with guard Sam Quigley earning MVP.
- DePaul's Kelsey Smith dressed for the first time this season.
- Hrynko's four three-point attempts (482) moves her past Ashley Luke and into seventh place all-time at DePaul.
A+ Grade for DePaul Women on Field Trip Day
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