Feb. 8, 2012
Box Score: DePaul 79, Villanova 73 | Postgame Notes
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CHICAGO – Anna Martin scored 24 points and Katherine Harry added 20 points and 14 rebounds to push No. 22 DePaul past Villanova, 79-73 on Wednesday in BIG EAST Conference action at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Martin shot 64 percent from the field to lead the Blue Demons in scoring for the 14th time this season. Harry’s 20 points matches her career-high while Jasmine Penny rounded out DePaul’s double-digit scorers with 12 points.
Looking at the league’s best two 3-point shooting teams it was DePaul’s inside game that provided the spark. DePaul outscored the Wildcats 40-24 in the paint while it outrebounded Villanova 40-30.
The two teams combined for 14 triples. Villanova finished 9-of-24 including five triples in the first half while four of the Blue Demons five 3-pointers also came in 20 minutes. Deanna Ortiz led DePaul’s effort from behind the arc with a pair triples. Laura Sweeny, who led Villanova with 22 points paced the floor with her 3-of-5 effort from behind the arc.
Villanova (15-9, 5-6 BIG EAST) opened up a 14-10 advantage in the opening 4:03, but a pair of free throws from Harry and a layup by Martin quickly tied the game at 14 with 14:50 on the clock.
DePaul used an 8-3 run and took its largest lead of the half, 22-17 on a 10-foot jumper from Martin.
There were two more ties before a Brittany Hrynko 3-pointer gave the Blue Demons a 34-31 advantage with 4:19 to play in the half. DePaul went to the locker room up 40-38, behind 11 points from Martin and eight Harry rebounds.
The back-and-fourth play continued in the second half. The Blue Demons never trailed but allowed Villanova to pull within one on several occasions.
The Wildcats cut its deficit to 49-48 on a Jesse Carey jumper with 14:27 on the clock which jumped started a 9-0 Blue Demon run. The scoring burst – two jumpers by Martin, a Megan Rogowski 3-pointer and layup by Penny coupled with excellent defense gave the Blue Demons their first 10-point (58-48) lead of the game.
The Wildcats continued to push DePaul (18-7, 6-5 BIG EAST) and used a 21-13 run over the next 9:42 to pull within two, 71-69 which got the crowd back into game with just over two minutes to play.
The Blue Demons, who shot 70 percent from the free throw line for the game, closed out the contest by hitting 6-of-7 from the charity stripe to secure its sixth BIG EAST win of the season.
DePaul returns to the hardwood at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday when it hosts Marquette. Sunday’s BIG EAST clash in Lincoln Park will be broadcast on ESPN2 as part of the ESPN’s February Frenzy coverage. The game has also been tabbed the Blue Demons' Play4Kay game and both DePaul and Marquette will wear pink infused uniforms to support the fight against cancer.
Notes: Katherine Harry scored 20 points for the second straight game... has three 20-point games in her career... also grabbed 14 boards for her sixth double-double of the season and third in her last four games… Brittany Hrynko had her fourth straight game with at least five assists... her nine rebounds is a new career high… Anna Martin had a game-high 24 points... has 11 games this season with at least 20 points... has reached 20 points 16 times in her career… Deanna Ortiz scored seven points and added two blocks for her first multi-block game of her career… Jasmine Penny scored 12 points for her 14th double-figure game of the season… DePaul outscored Villanova 40-24 in the paint and outrebounded Villanova 40-30… Laura Sweeney led the Wildcats with 22 points and seven rebounds... scored 19 points in the first half... tallied her 1,000th career point in the game…Devon Kane had 13 points for her second straight game in double-figures... has seven double-figure games this season… head coach Harry Peretta coached his 1,000th game at Villanova…Wednesday was the eighth meeting between DePaul and Villanova… DePaul holds a 7-1 advantage in the all-time series and has won three straight meetings.