Megan Rogowski's record-setting shooting led DePaul to a 20-point win on Wednesday.
Jan. 8, 2014
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CHICAGO – Megan Rogowski was certainly feeling it Wednesday night.
The junior guard lit up McGrath-Phillips Arena with a career-high 30 points that included a career-high eight three-pointers in leading DePaul to a 91-71 BIG EAST Conference victory over Providence.
Rogowski was 8-of-17 from beyond the arc in setting an arena record for three-pointers while also tying a program record with the most threes by a DePaul player since 2001 when Lenae Williams accomplished the feat.
Jasmine Penny had 23 points and seven rebounds while Chanise Jenkins contributed 17 points and six boards. Jessica January scored 10 points and Brittany Hrynko dished out nine assists while holding Providence’s best player Tori Rule to 3-of-13 shooting. Centrese McGee came away with a season-high 11 rebounds as the Blue Demons improved to 11-4, 2-1 in conference while Providence fell to 5-9, 0-3.
“I couldn’t wait for the next open shot,” Rogowski said. “Coach (Doug Bruno) always says that we have the greenest green light in America and you’ve got to just keep on shooting.
“I was real confident in my shot tonight after I didn’t hit any threes in our loss at Creighton. I knew we had to come back strong and get back on track.”
What did it feel like to tie the team record for threes?
“I’ve got to give the credit to Brittany and Chanise for getting me the ball,” Rogowski said. “I want to thank all my teammates.”
Bruno was pleased with the overall team effort including a bench headed by January and McGee.
“Jasmine is stringing together a nice collection of games,” Bruno said about Penny scoring 105 points in her last four games. “It’s a pleasure to have people so efficient around the basket and that’s what Jas is. When she’s open she shoot is, and when she’s not, she gets it to her teammates.
“Chanise is a really good leader and facilitator of the basketball. When she is playing smart and intelligently, everything flows off that.
“When Brittany is facilitating along with Chanise---this team isn’t anywhere close to hitting on all cylinders. Brit did a great job on Tori Rule tonight. As good as we’re playing, this team still has a lot of room for growth.”
DePaul’s lead fluctuated between 15 and 18 points through the first 10 minutes of the second half. Rogowski fired in her sixth three-pointer with 11 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game to tie a career high.
A pair of Karin Robinson free throws and a Tori Rule basket cut the DePaul margin to 10 with more than eight minutes to go. A pair of Penny foul shots made it 72-60.
After Providence had closed to 72-64, Rogowski scored on a layup in setting that career high. Jenkins followed with a three-point play for a 77-64 lead. Rogowski’s three-pointer with 5:24 left upped the margin to 80-64 and set a career high with seven. She hit No. 8 to make it 83-67. A Penny jumper gave DePaul a 20-point lead.
“Shoot it when you get the ball,” Penny said. “A couple times when I got double-teamed, I was able to get the ball to Rogo (Rogowski) or another open teammate.”
DePaul looked to take control of the game early scoring seven unanswered points for a 19-12 head start as Hrynko had four assists in the first four minutes. But back-to-back baskets by Alexis Harris kept the Friars close.
A Penny foul shot left the Blue Demons with a six-point advantage when Providence made a push to cut the margin to one.
That’s when Rogowski’s five-point burst ignited a 20-6 run in building a 42-27 lead with just over three minutes until halftime. Jenkins had three baskets in the DePaul salvo. Bruno went with a four-guard attack in opening up the game.
Hrynko was zipping passes to open teammates. Another Jenkins basket followed by back-to-back threes from Rogowski made it a 19-point game. DePaul took a 52-36 halftime lead into the locker room.
Hrynko had nine assists by halftime and Rogowski had drained five from beyond the arc and needed one more to tie her career high.
Next up for the Blue Demons is a 4 p.m. BIG EAST game on Saturday against St. John’s at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Notes: This was the 12th meeting all-time between the two schools... the Blue Demons lead the all-time series 8-4... the home team has now won the last five matchups... DePaul has made a 3-pointer in 137 consecutive games... Rogowski scored a career-high 30 points... Rogowski is the first 30-point scorer for the Blue Demons this season... she also set a new McGrath-Phillips Arena record with eight threes; tied school record... after dishing out nine assists, Hrynko moved into fifth place all-time... with her four points, Hrynko moved into 28th all-time on DePaul's scoring list... Penny has scored over 20 points for four-straight games... DePaul is 10-3 this season when it forces 20 or more turnovers... Kelsey Smith made her first start of her career as a Blue Demon... Centrese McGee pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds, her third career game with 10-plus boards... Providence had less than 10 bench points for the fifth time the season... they are 0-5 in those games... Alexis Harris scored in double figures for the 11th time this season... she has now recorded a double-double in six games.