Rogowski's Bombs Help DePaul Sink Pirates

CHICAGO- DePaul's Megan Rogowski committed an over-and-back violation on the game's first play on Saturday. The rest of her play was almost without error.

Megan Rogowski scored a game-high 27 points to help lead DePaul to its ninth-straight conference win, beating Seton Hall 89-73.

"My teammates were finding me the ball. Chanise Jenkins, Brittany Hrynko, Jasmine Penny, and Megan Podkowa were kicking the ball out," said Rogowski. "I was getting open looks and we just had great ball movement."

DePaul (20-5, 11-2 Big East) reached the 20-win mark for the seventh consecutive season. It's longest conference win streak is 14, reached during the 200-05 season.

"You want the players to ride the crest of their success, but you don't want to allow the team to get overconfident and in the wrong place mentally in confusing some wins with what really needs to happen in the big picture about getting better," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno.

It did not take long for Rogowski to atone for her back court violation, going 4-4 from behind the arc in the first 10:00. She contributed one of two of DePaul's four-point plays today, being fouled on a three-pointer from the right corner at 14:11. Her subsequent free throw gave DePaul a 22-11 lead. She finished with 19 first-half points.

She is ranked 11th in Division I and No. 1 in the Big East at 3.04 three-pointers per game. She finished 7-9 from behind the arc and 8-13 from the field today.

Jasmine Penny scored 15 of her 21 points in the first half to help DePaul to a 49-33 halftime lead. Penny leads the Big East in field goal percentage at 57.5 percent. Chanise Jenkins shot 5-5 from the field in the first half and scored all 11 of her points in that half.

The Blue Demons closed the half on a 17-5 run, getting two jumpers from Rogowski, three points from Jenkins, and a three-point play from Penny in the last four minutes.

DePaul is 17-2 this year when leading at the half.

The Blue Demons came into the game ranked No. 1 in the Big East in scoring offense (84.0 ppg), scoring margin (+13.8), and field goal percentage (46.3 percent). They shot 46.9 percent from the field today.

Rogowski's comment about her teammates getting her the ball was true not just for her, but for all of her teammates, courtesy of Hrynko.

Hrynko attempted a season-low six shots and scored just six points, but she tied a career--high with 12 assists. DePaul had 13 assists on 19 baskets in the first half, with Hrynko accounting for six assists. Seton Hall had seven assists total in the first half.

Hrynko and Jenkins are tied for second place in the Big East with 5.4 apg apiece.

Podkowa's 22-footer from the top of the key gave DePaul a 62-45 lead with 12:41 left to play, but the Pirates closed to 64-54 on a field goal by Sidney Cook at 9:22.

Podkowa then started a DePaul run by converting a three-point play. Brandi Harvey-Carr then converted a three-point play on a pass threaded through beautifully by Jenkins on a fast break. Harvey-Carr finished the game with six points and four rebounds in just ten minutes of play.

Hrynko then participated in DePaul's second four-point play of the game when she drained a three-pointer, and the Pirates' Brittany Webb was called for a foul on Harvey-Carr in the paint. Harvey-Carr's two free throws boosted the Blue Demons' lead to 74-56 with just under eight minutes left.

Seton Hall (14-10, 5-8 Big East) came into the game second to last in the conference in rebounding defense at 40.4, but first in the conference in offense rebounding at 16.4.

DePaul out rebounded the Pirates 43-33 including 23-20 on the offensive glass. Podkowa's team-high seven rebounds were the most given up by a Seton Hall individual opponent this year.

"A very important key to beating Seton Hall is controlling the glass, and we needed everybody to rebound," said Bruno.

DePaul is 15-1 this year when outrebounding its opponent.

The Pirates today gave up season-highs in points, three-point attempts by a team (21) and three-point field goals made by an individual opponent (Rogowski's 7).

Ka-Deidre Simmons led Seton Hall with 20 points.

"Our players have done some good things and yet we still have a lot of getting better to do," said Bruno. "It really excites me that we can win some games while we are still working very hard to get better is very important."

Rogowski commented on what the team has been doing differently during its nine-game win streak.

"We have been meshing really well. We have had a few slips, but for the most part we are taking care of the ball, playing intelligently, and playing together well as a team."

Those positives will need to continue as DePaul plays five games over the final 18 days of Big East play. The Blue Demons travel to Marquette this Tuesday before returning home to play Butler this Saturday. They then travel to play Villanova, and then on March 1, take on conference leader St. John's. DePaul trails the Red Storm by one game in the Big East.

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