January’s Career-High Gouges Georgetown

CHICAGO - The equation has been a simple one: Brittany Hrynko or Jessica January plus Georgetown equals a career-high.

Jessica January scored a career-high 26 points and DePaul won by its second largest margin this year as the Blue Demons beat Georgetown 93-52 Friday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Hrynko scored a career-high 38 points the first time these teams met this year. January followed tonight with five assists and three steals, scoring from long-range (3-5 from behind the arc), jumpers in the lane, and on the break.

“Everyone came out with a lot of good energy, and I think I was able to feed off everyone else doing well, hitting shots and executing our defense and getting steals,” said January. “I got a lot of easy transition baskets.”

January leads the Big East in assist/turnover ratio at 4.3, and tonight she had a game-high five assists with two turnovers.

“[The assist/turnover ratio] is not something I really focus on,” said January. “If you are open, you are going to get the ball.”

January, Chanise Jenkins, and Hrynko are in the top five in the Big East in assist/turnover ratio.

Hrynko hit her first shot attempt tonight, a three-pointer from the left wing. DePaul ended an 18-0 run at 6:03, leading 41-11, a run in which the Blue Demons hit four consecutive three-pointers. With 3:04 left in the first half, and DePaul leading 43-17, the Blue Demons had an assist/turnover ratio of 4.33 (13 assists and three turnovers) to a ratio of .157 ( three assists and 19 turnovers) for the Hoyas. DePaul led 48-20 at the half, the second lowest first half output for the Hoyas this year, eclipsing their 18 points the first time these teams played one another.

Hrynko and January teamed up for the play of the night, a pass from January to Hrynko on the break in the second half, with Hrynko returning the pass with a behind-the-back pass to January for a layup and a 60-24 second half lead.

DePaul fell one three-pointer short of its Big East record 14 three-pointers for a game. DePaul shot 13-30 from behind the arc, with Megan Podkowa shooting 3-3 from that range. Podkowa leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage at 65 percent. The Blue Demons are No. 2 in the country in three-pointers per game at 10.2, and they had 10 in the first half tonight.

DePaul (16-6, 8-2) did set a conference record in forced turnovers with 33, breaking their record of forcing 30 against Providence this year. The Blue Demons lead the conference in turnover margin at +12.1, and they were +22 tonight. They have forced 16 of their 22 opponents this year into 20+ turnovers. The Blue Demons had 41 points off turnovers tonight.

The Blue Demons held their biggest lead of 47 points with 3:49 left to play. Georgetown (4-18, 2-8) is now 0-11 when scoring 59 or less points. DePaul’s halftime lead of 28 points was the largest first half deficit the Hoyas have faced this year. The Blue Demons have won the last eight meetings with Georgetown.

Georgetown is No. 8 in the country and No. 1 in the Big East in offensive rebounds at 17.4 per game, and tonight the Hoyas had 20 offensive boards, but just 16 second chance points.

Freshman Dorothy Adomako led the Hoyas with 20 points and 10 rebounds. She was named the Big East Rookie of the Week for the fourth consecutive week.

DePaul got 31 bench points tonight, led by freshman Ashton Millender’s season-high 12 points.

The Blue Demons face Villanova this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CT at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Wildcats upset DePaul in the first meeting between the teams.

Notes: Tonight was Autism Awareness Night sponsored by the DePaul’s Alpha Xi Delta sorority. The sorority has raised more than $2.0 million dollars nationally for Autism Speaks. Tonight was the fourth annual Autism Awareness Night. This was one of multiple Autism Awareness events the sorority hosts throughout the year at the DePaul campus.

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