Jan. 9, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. – Brittany Hrynko scored 17 points, but it was not enough as the DePaul women’s basketball team dropped a 65-45 BIG EAST Conference game at Villanova on Wednesday. The loss snaps DePaul’s six-game winning streak, while the Wildcats stay unbeaten on their home court.
Playing at The Pavilion -- more than 100 family and friends of Hrynko, Alexa Gallagher, and Brandi Harvey-Carr were on hand to see DePaul’s local Philadelphia standouts. With only seven available players, Hrynko was the lone Blue Demon to reach double figures and was 7-for-18 from the floor. The sophomore added a team-high six rebounds, three assists and a career-best three blocks.
Rachel Roberts led three Villanova players in double-figures with 19 points. Taylor Holeman (14) and Devon Kane (10) also reached double digits. Laura Sweeney patrolled the glass with eight rebounds for Villanova (12-2, 2-0 BIG EAST), who has won its last three games.
DePaul (12-4, 1-1 BIG EAST) got off to a slow start and Villanova took advantage and raced out to a 12-2 lead in the first 3:57. The Wildcats pushed their lead to 15 points, 27-12 and forced the Blue Demons to take their second timeout of the half.
With 7:23 to play in the first, the Blue Demons hunkered down on offense and were 5-for-7 from the field and closed the gap to nine points (34-25) heading into the locker room.
Chanise Jenkins drained two key triples which fueled DePaul’s run at the end of the half.
Villanova started the second half with a Holeman layup. With the defense trying to make stops, a Katherine Harry steal resulted in an Anna Martin layup, who converted the three-point play which pulled the Blue Demons within eight (36-28) with 18:23 to play.
Two possessions later, the Wildcats went back up by 10 on a Sweeney layup and sustained their double-digit advantage the rest of the way
DePaul puts its eight-game McGrath-Phillips Arena winning streak on the line at 7 p.m. on Jan. 12 when it hosts USF.
Tickets for all basketball games can be purchased at the DePaul Athletics Ticket Office or by calling (773) 325-SLAM. Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet.
Notes: DePaul’s 45 points was the fewest scored this season… season-low six assists… Hrynko reached double-figure points for the fourth consecutive game and for the 13th time this season… DePaul held Villanova to a season-low three, 3-pointers... the Wildcats came into the game averaging 7.9 triples per game... DePaul still leads the all-time series 7-2… the series is now tied at two when games are played in Villanova.