Blue Demons win 10th straight at McGrath-Phillips Arena behind 23 points from Brittany Hrynko
Jan. 19, 2013
Box Score: DePaul 79, Providence 67 | Blue Tube: Highlights
CHICAGO - Brittany Hrynko and Jasmine Penny made sure the DePaul partisans went home in a good mood Saturday night.
They combined for 41 points and sparked the Blue Demons to a 79-67 Big EAST Conference victory over Providence at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
When leading scorer Anna Martin had to leave the game after six minutes, Hrynko and Penny knew it was their time to take control.
Hrynko filled out the stat sheet with a season-high 23 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Penny came away with 18 points and four rebounds.
"We don't win tonight without these two," DePaul coach Doug Bruno said. "That was some really gutsy performances."
Hrynko made a reference to last season when the Blue Demons endured a rash of injuries that included top player Keisha Hampton.
"We learned from last year if someone goes down, everybody has to step up," Hrynko said. "I thought we all got together and played well."
Penny nodded her head in agreement.
"We're going through injuries this year, too," Penny said. "We've got to stay strong and focus on the players who are here."
Leading by 15 at halftime, DePaul (14-5, 3-2 in the BIG EAST) increased its lead to 53-35 early in the second half after a Hrynko baseline jumper. The Friars reduced the margin to 14 with less than 12 minutes to go. Symone Roberts' three-pointer made it 53-42.
Hrynko restored a 17-point lead with a pair of free throws and a basket, but back came Roberts with another three. Two layups by Penny and one by Chanise Jenkins made it 69-49. The Friars, who were led by Tori Rule's 19 points, could not come any closer than 12 down the stretch.
"What makes the BIG EAST so strong is that everybody is good," Bruno said. "You look at Providence's record (5-12, 0-4) and it doesn't look very good. But these are the same players that beat us a year ago.
"I'm proud of our team. We had to be strong and resilient in the face of more adversity."
Providence scored the first four points of the game, but after that, it was pretty much all DePaul in the first half.
With inductees to the DePaul Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013 looking on and cheering, DePaul jumped out to sizeable lead early in the game.
The Blue Demons went on a 19-2 run that included 15 unanswered points. Providence responded with a 10-4 spurt to draw within seven. The lead went back up to 16 after Hrynko hit a jumper followed by a three-pointer.
Yet another Hrynko three gave the home team a 38-20 lead four minutes before halftime. Kelsey Reynolds' jumper and three-point shot off a nice feed from Hrynko sent the Blue Demons into their halftime locker room with a 43-28 lead.
At halftime, former women's basketball player Rita Hale was honored as an inductee into the Hall of Fame.
Other inductees also honored at halftime were men's basketball standouts Stanley Brundy and Terence Greene, track star Otis Dunson, softball star Cheryl O'Dekirk Katalinic, the 1978 women's volleyball team and Vic Cacciatore, recipient of the Dr. Robert Hamilton Special Service Award.
The Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Sunday at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Next up for the Blue Demons will be a trip to Cincinnati on Tuesday, January 22. Tip is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT.
Notes: DePaul improved to 5-0 all-time against the Friars at home and 7-4 overall in the series... The Blue Demons have now won 8-of-10 and 10 straight at home - the 17th 10-game home winning streak for DePaul since 2000-01... DePaul is 11-1 at McGrath-Phillips Arena in 2012-13 and 159-24 since 2000-01... sophomore Brittany Hrynko has reached double figures in the last seven games and has four 20-plus point performances this season... Hrynko notched a season-high 23 points, her previous career-high of 22 came against USF on January 12... Chanise Jenkins recorded seven assists for the second-straight game (career high is 9)... Katherine Harry played in her 122nd career game, tying for 12th all-time... Harry also finished with seven rebounds, moving into a tie for fourth-place all-time (1,013) with Debra Robinson... with 10 points, she moved into 27th position all-time in scoring.