Jan. 4, 2014
Box Score: Creighton 86, DePaul 78
OMAHA, Neb. – Despite 26 points from Jasmine Penny, the DePaul women’s basketball team fell 86-78 at Creighton in BIG EAST Conference action at D.J. Sokol Arena. Creighton has won its last four games and improves to 9-6 and 3-0 in the BIG EAST, while DePaul falls to 10-4 and 1-1 in league games.
The Blue Demons led 37-29 at the half, but 28 second-half points from Creighton’s McKenzie Fujan fueled the Creighton come-from-behind win. Fujan finished with a career-high 38 points and led three other Bluejays in double-figures.
Creighton shot 67.9 percent in the second half and was a sizzling 6-of-8 from behind the arc. Conversely, the Blue Demons, who were averaging a BIG EAST best 8.9 3-pointers per game, connected on just three triples in the game.
Penny reached the 20-point mark for the third consecutive game, while Megan Rogowski and Brittany Hrynko each finished with 15 points. Chanise Jenkins finished with 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Megan Podkowa also grabbed eight rebounds and added eight points.
With Creighton leading 10-9 (14:10) the Blue Demons started to find their rhythm and put together an impressive 20-3 run over the next 7:00 minutes.
Keyed by six points from Penny and five from Hrynko the Blue Demons led 27-12 with just under seven minutes to play in the half. With DePaul pressing, the Blue Demons forced the Bluejays into seven turnovers and held Creighton to 1-of-8 from the field during the dominating point swing.
With DePaul leading by 16 points, the Bluejays began chipping away at the lead. Penny, who scored 13 points in the first half on 6-of-8 shooting, went to the bench when she picked up her second foul with just under four minutes to play in the opening stanza.
With Penny on the bench, Creighton closed out the half on a 9-5 run. DePaul went to the lockerroom up 37-25 after shooting 47.1 percent from the field and holding the Bluejays to just 33.3 percent.
Creighton opened the half on a 14-4 run and took its first lead of the game since the opening six minutes on a Lauren Works 3-pointer with 16:04 to play. The Bluejays knocked down four triples during its run, while DePaul was just 2-of-6 from the field and turned the ball over twice.
The Bluejays took a 54-46 advantage before DePaul went on a 10-2 run and tied the game at 56 on a pair of Jenkins free throws.
The game was tied again at 61 with 8:54 on the clock before Creighton used a 10-1 run over the next three minutes to pull ahead 71-62. The Bluejay lead never dipped below eight the rest of the way.
DePaul returns to Lincoln Park on Jan. 8 and hosts Providence. The 7 p.m. BIG EAST showdown will be broadcast on LPTV and Fox College Sports.
Notes: With 15 points, Brittany Hrynko became DePaul’s 30th, 1,000-point scorer… DePaul has scored at least 73 points in all 14 of its games this season... forced 22 Creighton turnovers which resulted in 24 points... DePaul outscored Creighton 48-24 in the paint... Creighton’s 86 points were their most scored this season… McKenzie Fujan scored a career-high 38 points, her previous best was 24 points against Syracuse in March last season… DePaul shot a season-low 3-of-17 from 3-point range… its .176 percentage from behind the arc was also a season-low… Hrynko dished out eight of DePaul’s 16 assists... Jasmine Penny is averaging 26.5 points per game in BIG EAST games and has scored at least 20 points in her last three games.