Megan Podkowa scored a game-high 19 points and Jessica January added 11 points and a season-high 11 rebounds to help No. 24 DePaul remain undefeated in Big East play, beating Georgetown 75-53 Friday night.
“Playing ranked teams has taught us that we can never get complacent,” said Podkowa. “If there is one thing that [playing ranked teams has taught us], it is that we can never get complacent. We were up a lot at Northwestern and we let it go, and the same with Seton Hall and St. John’s. So I think we are trying to learn that once we start putting the pedal on the other team we have to keep going and we can never let up.”
DePaul (12-5, 4-0 Big East) has played six Top 25 teams this year, the last one Tuesday night when it beat No. 25 Seton Hall. This was Georgetown’s first ranked opponent this year. The Hoyas (9-6, 2-3) last beat a ranked team on Feb. 18, 2014.
The speed that DePaul exhibited in getting out to two quick and big leads versus St. John’s and Seton Hall was lacking tonight, with the teams tied at 20 after one quarter and DePaul leading 34-33 at halftime.
“We let a very talented Georgetown team play will us for longer than we would have liked,” said DePaul coach Doug Bruno.
But the third quarter equaled the two first halves played against St. John’s and Seton Hall.
“We came out of the halftime knowing that we needed to focus and finish,” said Podkowa. “[Jessica January’s] energy really helped us in that third quarter run.”
A layup by Chanise Jenkins (10 points and a game-high seven assists), her first basket of the night, started a 14-1 DePaul run in the third quarter. Brooke Schulte (11 points) scored seven points and January had a layup and two assists during that run.
“We got the game back in our tempo and we got the game moving,” said Bruno. “It turned into being a really good second half, which is always a tribute to our players.”
“We have such good players, so every night the other team has to focus on everyone, so it doesn’t really matter who is doing it,” said January, who added six assists to her final line tonight.
Podkowa’s eighth and final rebound with 6:01 to play gave her 700 career rebounds at DePaul and pushed her into tenth place all-time there. She also had a career-high six assists, with two beautiful high post feeds on consecutive baskets by January and Jenkins in the fourth quarter.
Podkowa has shot 23-37 from the field in her last three games. She leads the conference in field goal percentage at 57.5, she has a Big East-best six double-doubles this year.
DePaul had its biggest lead of 28 points with 4:39 to play. The Hoyas’ largest deficit in a game this year before tonight was 21 points versus Alabama and its largest margin of defeat had been 15 points versus St. Bonaventure.
Ashton Millender added 11 points off the bench for DePaul, including 3-6 from behind the arc.
Lauren Prochaska played 19 minutes and had three points, four rebounds, and two assists.
“Lauren Prochaska gave us some very valuable minutes tonight,” said Bruno. “Nobody can keep her from getting to the rim, and now she has to get the confidence to finish at the rim. Ashton Millender in the first half started to show she has a lot of [ex-DePaul star 3-point shooter Megan] Rogowski in her. She knocked down some important three’s in the first half.”
Georgetown’s Dionna White, the reigning Big East Player of the Week, was held to eight points on 3-7 shooting from the field.
Notes: DePaul leads the series 14-2, including nine straight dating to 2011. The Blue Demons are now 8-1 in Lincoln Park. Georgetown last won in Lincoln Park on Nov. 25, 2000.