No. 18/18 DePaul placed four players in double figures and beat Texas Pan-American 93-70 during second day action in the Maggie Dixon Classic.
“We are at our best when everyone is involved, said DePaul coach Doug Bruno.
DePaul’s Megan Podkowa took four shots against A&M; tonight she had eight, converting six field goals to go along with 8-9 from the line for a game-high 20 points.
“I was trying to be more aggressive to score tonight,” said Podkowa. “My main goal was to be more aggressive both offensively and defensively.”
She added seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.
And DePaul (1-1) was at its best a lot tonight. Pan-Am took its only lead of the game at 20-18 at 12:33 of the first half, before things multiplied for DePaul.
Brooke Schulte’s three-pointer from the left corner sparked a 7-0 DePaul run, and the Blue Demons finished the half on a 16-7 run to lead 53-37 at the break.
Every team needs more weapons, and Bruno may have found two additional ones tonight in red shirt sophomore Schulte and freshman Mart’e Grays.
Schulte added five points and a steal in the final two minutes of the first half. She finished with a career-high 14 points (5-8 from the field including 4-5 from behind the arc) and six boards. She scored 28 points in 24 games last season. The difference for her so far this season has been mental.
“I definitely over thought a lot in my freshman and sophomore years,” said Schulte. “The year with my ACL injury enabled me to take a step back and look at the game mentally and then grow mentally before I could put myself out there physically. That helped me a lot to adapt and to not over think too much. I am a lot more confident with my three-point shot because after I finally got into the flow of the game tonight I was able to bring that confidence.”
Grays scored 10 points on 5-9 from the field to go along with a game-high two blocks. Bruno says that players make him play them, and Grays is doing that.
“We have to experiment with lineups,” said Bruno. “We have figure out if we are going to be able to play with Mart’e and Megan [Podkowa] together. Are we going to be able to play with Brandi Harvey-Carr and Megan together or Brandi and Mart’e together.”
Harvey-Carr scored four points and had four rebounds in 10 minutes of play.
Texas Pan-Am (1-1) was picked to finish second in the preseason WAC coaches’ poll. Second year head coach Larry Tidwell’s team won 14 games last year, already placing him seventh all-time in wins at the school. He compiled a 128-66 record in six years at Lamar University.
The Broncs are tied for third for the biggest comeback in NCAA history. In 2013 versus Houston Baptist they were down 42-17 in the first half but won 76-74. Any of that magic was left in Texas.
A three-pointer by Megan Rogowski (10 points) pushed the Blue Demons’ lead to 80-56 with 8:32 left, and Schulte’s three-pointer with 3:14 left upped it to 90-62.
DePaul’s Brittany Hrynko and Chanise Jenkins were in foul trouble early tonight, playing a total combined 34 minutes. Jenkins had a team-high six assists. Jessica January had her second night of strong play, scoring 11 points and grabbing five rebounds.
The Blue Demons had 22 assists tonight and scored 29 points off 22 turnovers.
Shawnte’ Goff was the only Bronc in double figures with 18 points.
“This game was getting our players to understand that you have to turn the page quickly,” said Bruno.
DePaul plays New Mexico tomorrow at 4:30. The Lobos lost to Texas A&M 66-52 in today’s first game.
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