DePaul Clipped by No. 23 Syracuse on the Road
Jan. 15, 2013
SYRACUSE, NY. – Katherine Harry became just the fifth DePaul player to grab 1,000 rebounds and the 28th to score 1,000 points, but it was not enough as the Blue Demons dropped a hard-fought 84-80 BIG EAST Conference game at No. 23 Syracuse on Tuesday at the Carrier Dome.
It was a fast-paced game from the tip and with both teams shooting well, it was going to be a high-scoring affair.
Five DePaul players reached double-figures and the Blue Demons shot 41.4 percent from the field and tied a season-best with 13 triples.
Jasmine Penny paced the group with 16 points, Anna Martin added 15 and Chanise Jenkins tied a career-high with 14. Megan Podkowa, was 4-of-7 from behind the arc and tied a season-best with 12 points. Katherine Harry rounded out the group with 10 points and 14 rebounds for her 21st career double-double.
Syracuse (15-1, 3-0 BIG EAST) has won its last eight games and moved into the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll at number 23 prior to this evening’s tip. The Orange were led by Kayla Alexander’s 24 points and 17 rebounds. Elashier Hall added 23 points.
DePaul (13-5, 2-2 BIG EAST) found the open player in the first half with the Blue Demons recording an assist on each of its 18 baskets. Hrynko tied a career-high in the first 20 minutes with eight assists, while the sophomore also added eight points including a pair from behind the arc.
With the Blue Demons shooting 50 percent in the first stanza, DePaul tallied eight triples in the opening stanza with Martin, Hrynko, Jenkins and Podkowa each recording a pair.
After leading 19-18, Syracuse went on a 7-0 run which forced Doug Bruno to call a timeout and regroup his team. With his message delivered, DePaul tied the game at 31 and continued to push the tempo. The two teams traded baskets and with the game tied a 36, DePaul closed out the half on a 10-4 run and went to the locker room up, 46-40 behind 12 points from Penny.
Syracuse opened the second half on a 7-1 run and took a 47-46 advantage on a Brianna Butler layup. The two teams traded baskets, before back-to-back triples by Podkowa would give DePaul a 61-59 advantage with 11:18 to play.
DePaul continued to push the pace and went up six (65-59) on a Penny basket with 9:28 to play.
Like the Blue Demons saw earlier in the second half, Syracuse clawed its way back into the lead and used a 16-2 run over the next five minutes and led by eight (75-67) with 4:18 to play.
Down, 77-69 Martin led DePaul’s comeback attempt with four points over the next two minutes. With 1:27 to play, Penny made both free throws and the Blue Demons trailed by one (79-78).
DePaul locked down on its defense on the next possession but an Orange offensive rebound and jumper would put Syracuse back up by three with 56 seconds to go.
Time ran out on the Blue Demons’ comeback as the Orange made three of their last four free throws to seal the victory.
DePaul returns to Lincoln Park at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 when it host Providence in BIG EAST action at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Notes: Katherine Harry became DePaul’s 28th 1,000 point scorer and now has 1,001 career points… she becomes just the fifth DePaul player to grab 1,000 rebounds and has 1,005 career boards… Harry has finished with a double-double in her last two games and has six double-doubles this season… DePaul tied a season-high with 13 3-pointers… Megan Podkowa had a career-best four triples… Brittany Hrynko had a career-high 9 assists… Chanise Jenkins finished with seven and Anna Martin tallied five… the guard trio had 21 of DePaul’s 25 assists… DePaul still leads the overall series 5-3 and is now 3-1 in games played at the Carrier Dome… Syracuse has won the last two series meetings.