DePaul Women Rout Villanova

CHICAGO- When your leading scorer plays just five first half minutes and goes scoreless during that time, things can get sticky. Fortunately for DePaul, that stickiness was glue.

DePaul overcame Jasmine Penny's early foul trouble and received 28 points from its bench as the Blue Demons beat Villanova 91-65 Sunday afternoon at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Penny, who had scored at least 20 points in each of her last six games, picked up her second foul at 15:13 and DePaul trailing 6-4.

"I don't like when coaches put players on the bench for an entire half with two fouls, but sometimes you have to do it," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno.

And then the glue started to stick.

Megan Podkowa scored on a layup, keying a 12-2 DePaul run as the Blue Demons led 18-8 at the halfway mark.

During that run, reserve Centrese McGee added a layup, a defensive rebound, and a jumper. McGee scored a career-high nine points on 4-5 shooting from the field and added five rebounds in her 12 minutes of play today.

"Coach [Bruno] always talks about making sure we play good defense and rebound, so I make sure when I am in the game I focus on those things," said McGee.

The Blue Demons continued to push their lead, and Jessica January's layup off an assist from Brittany Hrynko gave DePaul a 40-26 lead at the half, its largest lead.

The Wildcats, No. 17 in the country in assists per game at 18.0, had just six assists today. Leading scorer Devon Kane scored a team-high 17 points. Kane is averaging 4.6 assists per game, but Hrynko's defense held Kane without an assist today and just five points in the second half.

"I thought I did a pretty good job [on Kane], but I still have to get better," said Hrynko.

Hrynko was equally potent on offense, scoring a game-high 20 points and a game-high seven assists. She leads the Big East with 6.0 assists per game.

Villanova (13-4, 3-3 Big East) ranks No. 13 in the country in three-point field goals per game at 18.4, but it did not notch its first three-pointer until Caroline Coyer hit from the right wing at 19:38 of the second half and DePaul leading 40-29.

The Wildcats' statistical troubles plagued them throughout this game as they gave up opponent season-highs for points scored in the first half, second half, and total. Their scoring margin of +10.3 leads the Big East.

DePaul (13-5, 4-2 Big East) led 67-49 with 8:44 to play when Penny notched a three-point play, Megan Rogowski (16 points and five rebounds) sank a 23-footer, and Hrynko drained a 22-footer to boost the Blue Demons lead to 76-49 with just over seven minutes left to play.

The Blue Demons had their largest lead of the game at 30 points with just over one minute to play.

"The basic issue of this year's team has been able to put together an entire basketball game and play well for 40 minutes," said Bruno. "The players played well tonight and it was a good effort from everybody."

January scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds in her 24 minutes of playing time coming off the bench. Megan Podkowa added 10 points for DePaul.

The Blue Demons shot 48 percent from the field (32-66) and 43 percent (10-23) from behind the arc. They committed a season-low six turnovers.

DePaul plays at Georgetown on January 22.

DePaul women's basketball player Maddie Crowell took her Oath of Enlistment for the U.S. Army before today's game. Crowell follows her grandfather and father into the Army. She is majoring in Health Sciences and hopes to become a physician in the Army.

Today's game was a designated Autism Awareness game. Autism Speaks, the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, and DePaul Women's Basketball are in their third year of a partnership to help create autism awareness. The sorority has raised over $1.0 million nationally for Autism Speaks since 2009.

Notes:

- DePaul leads the series 8-2, and is 6-0 in Lincoln Park.

- Bruno and Villanova coach Harry Perretta have combined for 1,195 wins at their respective schools.


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