Shorthanded DePaul Falls at Villanova
Brittany Hrynko led the Blue Demons with 17 points and six rebounds.

Brittany Hrynko led the Blue Demons with 17 points and six rebounds.

Jan. 9, 2013

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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.



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