Jan. 22, 2013
CINCINNATI – Brittany Hrynko scored 19 points, and made four free throws in the final 15.7 seconds to seal DePaul’s 51-45 win over Cincinnati on Tuesday at Fifth Third Arena.
Hrynko finished the night 6-of-16 from the field and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Jasmine Penny added 11 points.
With the game tied at 40 with just under four minutes to play, the Blue Demons (15-5, 4-2 BIG EAST) went up five on a Hrynko triple and a Penny layup with 2:14 to play.
Cincinnati (8-10, 0-5 BIG EAST) pulled within two, on a Jeanise Randolph layup with 1:02 on the clock. Both teams missed on their next possession and with 23 seconds to play, Chanise Jenkins began a streak of six straight made free throws for DePaul. The Blue Demons’ clutch free throw shooting in the waning seconds sealed their first BIG EAST Conference road victory of the season.
Both teams got off to a slow start and struggled from the field, with DePaul shooting just 32 percent (8-of-25) in the first half and the Bearcats just 6-of-38 from the field. With both teams finding offense at a premium, DePaul locked down on its defense and recorded a season-best nine blocks in the opening 20 minutes.
Cincinnati got on the board first with a free throw from Lesha Dunn with 18:55. The Bearcats would not make their first field goal until 5:44 into the contest.
Hrynko scored DePaul’s first seven points, before Penny converted the three-point-play with 9:49 left in the half, which put the Blue Demons up 11-5.
The Blue Demons stretched their lead to eight points twice in the half – both times on a Penny layups -- but Alyesha Lovett completed a three-point-play with 10 seconds left in the half to cut the DePaul lead to five.
DePaul went to locker room with a 19-14 advantage. The Blue Demons 19 points were the fewest for the team this season in a half.
DePaul’s lead ballooned to 27-16 behind six points from Katherine Harry. The Blue Demons saw their advantage disappear as the Bearcats went on a 16-5 run and took a 33-32 lead on a pair of Jamison free throws.
Megan Podkowa, who got the start in place of the injured Anna Martin, scored DePaul’s next six points and the Blue Demons were quickly back up five (38-33) with 6:01 to play.
Cincinnati again put together a mini run and tied the game at 40 on back-to-back baskets from Chelsea Jamison.
Dayeesha Hollins led Cincinnati with 14 points. Randolph finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
The Blue Demon defense held Cincinnati to just 25 percent (18-for-72) from the field and recorded 11 blocks on the evening. Led by Podkowa’s five swats, DePaul’s blocking performance is the third-best in school history.
The Blue Demons return to Lincoln Park at 7 p.m. (CT) on Jan. 29 when they host Pittsburgh. DePaul's game with the Panthers will be broadcast on The UToo in Chicago.
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Notes: DePaul’s 19 points in the first half were the fewest this season by the Blue Demons… DePaul’s 11 blocks are the third most in school history… Megan Podkowa swatted a career-best five blocks… Katherine Harry led DePaul with 16 rebounds… her 12th double-digit rebound performance of the season and fouth 15+ outing… Cincinnati outrebounded DePaul 44-48 and held a 23-12 offensive rebounding advantage… DePaul held Cincinnati to just 14 first half points, the lowest for an opponent this season… DePaul improves to 25-12 all-time against Cincinnati and has won the last six games.