No. 21/19 DePaul Falls to No. 3/3 Connecticut
Jan. 21, 2012
Box Score: Connecticut 88, DePaul 44 | Postgame Notes
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CHICAGO -- A sold out McGrath-Phillips Arena witnessed the Blue Demons' 28-game home court winning streak come to an end, as the No. 21/19 DePaul women's basketball team fell to the No. 3/3 Connecticut, 88-44.
The game opened with UConn (17-2, 6-1 BIG EAST) controlling the tip and blazing to an 11-0 run, sparked by four different Huskies. Katherine Harry finally broke the early run with a left-side baseline jumper for DePaul (15-5, 3-3 BIG EAST).
The Huskies went on a 5-0 run to make it 16-2 before freshman Brittany Hrynko's bucket from downtown ended what would be a series of runs for coach Geno Auriemma's squad throughout the game.
UConn then jumped to a 22-7 lead, which was cause for concern amongst the Blue Demon faithful. Sophomore Jasmine Penny got the crowd right back up on their feet with a blocked shot on Huskies freshman Brianna Banks, which led to a Kelsey Reynolds three from downtown.
Before the half, UConn put together runs of 13 and 10 points, led by freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who tied a career high 25 points on this evening. By the time the first-half buzzer sounded, DePaul found themselves in the hole by the score of 53-23.
The second half began with UConn going on a 6-0 run, until Hrynko's triple got the Blue Demons back on track. Head coach Doug Bruno's team had a little more pepper in their step, as they forced a few turnovers from 24-second violations and defensive rebounds, but it was not enough to escape the Huskies and their effective 2-3 zone.
When the final horn sounded, UConn walked away victorious by the final of 88-44. The Blue Demons were held to just 27.8% (15-of-54) shooting from the field and were led by Hrynko's 18 points.
"It was one of those games in which everyone does a great job," said coach Bruno of his squad before tonight's matchup. "I just wish we were a little more in control with our passing and shooting."
Before the game got under way this evening, coach Bruno was honored as being selected as an assistant to the U.S. women's basketball team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer. Bruno was along side Olympic gold medalist and Washington Mystics assistant Jennifer Gillom, Atlanta Dream head coach Marynell Meadors and UConn USA head coach Geno Auriemma.
"The opportunity for me as a head coach is that I was thinking, this is the guy I want with me," said Auriemma about coach Bruno being added to the U.S. team. "I feel he deserved it. He's a smart guy, and for me it was the first thing I thought of."
DePaul travels to No. 7/8 Rutgers (16-3, 5-1 BIG EAST) on Tuesday, January 24 for a 6:00 p.m. (CST) tip, before traveling to Seton Hall on Saturday, January 28.
Notes: The loss snaps a 28-game home winning streak for DePaul dating back to a February 23, 2010 over Pittsburgh… Freshman Brittany Hrynko led the Blue Demons in scoring for the fourth time this season...scored 18 points added four rebounds and three assists… DePaul made eight three-pointers in the game...was the 79th consecutive game in which the Blue Demons made at least one three... Hrynko was 4-of-5 from behind the arc… first time DePaul has lost back-to-back games this season after falling to USF, 66-63, in overtime on Jan. 17… DePaul is now 11-13 against Ranked teams at McGrath-Phillips Arena... the loss snaps DePaul five-game winning streak over ranked opponents on its home court… Anna Martin went scoreless for just the second time in her career...Martin was also scoreless in a Feb. 10, 2010 game against Connecticut during her freshman season. Connecticut has won five straight games… the Huskies’ nine blocks and 18 steals set new opponent records at McGrath-Phillips Arena… UConn freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led the Huskies in scoring with 25 points, tying her career-high (also Nov. 15 vs. Stanford and Nov. 21 vs. Pacific)… Connecticut now leads the all-time series vs. DePaul 9-1...the Huskies have won the last nine meetings.