Feb. 2, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Despite Brittany Hrynko's career-high 35 points, the DePaul women's basketball team dropped a 70-66 game at Marquette on Saturday in BIG EAST action at the Al McGuire Center.
The loss ends DePaul's three game winning streak and the Blue Demons fall to 16-6 on the season and are 5-3 in league play. Marquette snaps its three-game losing streak and improves to 11-10 and is 3-5 in BIG EAST games.
Hrynko's career-high came on 12-of-28 shooting, while the sophomore was 7-of-15 from behind the 3-point arc. The Philadelphia native's seven triples were a career-high and ties for the third most in school history. Hrynko was the only Blue Demon to reach double-digits while Chanise Jenkins recorded nine points.
Katherine Harry paced all players on the glass and grabbed 12 rebounds -- her 14th double-digit rebounding performance of the season.
Marquette's Arlesia Morse led the Golden Eagles with 24 points and Katherine Plouffe finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
In a typical DePaul-Marquette rivalry game, no lead was large enough and big shots fell early and often.
DePaul jumped out to an early, 15-9 advantage behind seven points from Hrynko. With just over 12 minutes to play in the half, Marquette put together an 8-0 run and took a 17-15 advantage on a Sarina Simmons steal and layup.
Marquette continued to connect on offense and its lead ballooned to 28-22 with 4:02 to play in the half. A Harry layup and Megan Podkowa completed the 3-point play to pull the Blue Demons within one.
The final 2:27 of the half, Hrynko and Plouffe traded baskets and when the horn sounded the game was knotted at 33. Hrynko tallied 17 points and Plouffe added 11 for Marquette in the opening 20 minutes.
Hrynko continued where she left off in the second half and scored DePaul's first eight points and tied the game at 41 with her 25th point of the night. Hyrnko's fourth triple of the night tied her career-high for points and 3-pointers in a game.
Trading points and possessions neither team was able to go ahead by more than three points.
Marquette went up five (55-50) on a Morse layup with 6:00 remaining.
With DePaul looking for an answer, Hrynko was ready and waiting and hit her fifth triple of the night which gave DePaul a 57-55 lead with 4:29 to play.
On the next trip, Morse hit a 3-pointer from the far right corner and was fouled by Jasmine Penny, who picked up her fifth foul with 4:14 to play.
Marquette went up 63-57 on another Morse triple which forced Doug Bruno to call a timeout with the Golden Eagles up with 3:08 to play.
With just under two minutes to play, Hrynko banked her sixth triple pulled the Blue Demons within five (65-60).
The three continued to fall for the Blue Demons as Hrynko and Jenkins both nailed theirs from behind the arc which kept DePaul alive in the waning seconds.
Gena Lenti, who entered the game with 12.4 second left, had an open three to tie the game at 69 and it looked online when it left her hands but just rimmed out.
DePaul returns to Lincoln Park and hosts Seton Hall at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m..
Tickets for all DePaul basketball games can be purchased at the DePaul Ticket Office or by calling (773) 325-SLAM. Tickets can also be purchased from any Ticketmaster location.
Notes: Brittany Hrynko made a career-high with seven 3-pointers... scored a career-high 35 points... her 35 points ties for the most by a Blue Demon player this season... Anna Martin also scored 35 points this season... Hrynko's previous career-high was 25 points which she score against Arizona State on Dec. 16, 2011... DePaul still leads the all-time series 35-21... Marquette is 16-10 in games played in Milwaukee and has won the last two at the Al McGuire Center.