No. 22 DePaul Upends Rival Marquette
Feb. 12, 2012
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CHICAGO -- Anna Martin recorded her first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, as No. 22 DePaul (19-7, 7-5 BIG EAST) defeated its rival Marquette (13-11, 4-7 BIG EAST), 71-59.
Before the tip, Martin was honored at half court with her 1,000th career-point basketball from head coach Doug Bruno and athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto. It was part of a matinee filled with honors and recognitions.
The sold out McGrath-Phillips Arena crowd supported their Blue Demons to victory; they supported an even greater cause in the Kay Yow Cancer Fund by wearing pink during its annual Play4Kay game. The Blue Demons even wore their home whites that sported a pink trim.
"For our administration to step up and put [the annual Play4Kay] forward was special to watch, "coach Bruno said. "It's been a great week and it was a special day for Kay."
The Golden Eagles, wore pink uniforms with white trim, controlled the tip and jumped out to a 7-4 lead after the first 4:31, led by Arlesia Morse and Katherine Plouffe. After the first media timeout, Martin drilled a triple from downtown to tie things up at seven.
The see-saw battle continued throughout the first half, as both teams traded baskets and eight lead changes. The largest run in the first half of 7-0 came from Marquette, until Deanna Ortiz hit a long-distance bomb from beyond the arc, followed by a layup from Kelsey Reynolds.
As the first half came to a close, Marquette guard Katie Young hit two free throws to give the Golden Eagles a 30-27 lead going into the locker room. Coach Bruno's squad found themselves shooting only 29 percent with only five free-throw attempts, but only down by three points.
During halftime, former DePaul players and assistant coaches were honored at midcourt for their previous contributions to the University. The capacity crowd showed their appreciation with a standing ovation.
The second half started with a flurry of baskets, led by Plouffe of Marquette. She scored the Golden Eagles' first 10 points of the second half, while Harry, Hrynko, Jasmine Penny and Martin countered with baskets of their own.
Marquette was up 44-39 with 13:50 left in the game, until Harry got the crowd on their feet with a huge block on Plouffe, which led to a Brittany Hrynko jump shot from just inside the free throw line. Penny and Martin capped an 8-0 Blue Demon run with back to back fast break layups to knot the score up at 45.
The Blue Demons then jumped ahead for good, as Harry easily scored on a wide-open layup to make it 47-45 with 11:35 left in the game. After a rather dismal shooting performance in the first half, the scoring became a little easier including a shot-clock buzzer beater by Harry to put the Blue Demons up 67-55 with 3:00 left to play.
By the time the final buzzer sounded, the Blue Demons were victorious and sent their rivals back to Milwaukee by the final of 71-59. The win made it seven out of eight against Marquette.
Martin found herself climbing the all-time scoring list at DePaul throughout the game and finished ranked No. 18 with 1,214 career point. But it was her defense that helped her team stay in the game.
"I tried to stay active by going after [the bigger players] and getting deflections," said Martin, who was not only fighting off defenders, but also a cold. "I feel like we came out not ready to play, but after halftime, we came out with better transitions."
Ortiz was also able to knock down big shots for her team in the victory, as she added 12 points to the scoring spree, including four of 10 from beyond the arc.
"We came in with a plan to be effective offensively," said Ortiz, who also took her LSAT exam earlier this week. "I just want to help my team the best way I can."
DePaul travels to West Virginia (18-6, 8-3 BIG EAST) for a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday, February 18. The game can be heard on BlueTube.
Notes: Anna Martin led DePaul scorers with 19 points... now has 1,214 career points... passes Deirdre Naughton (1,198), Caprise Smith (1,199), Kim Williams (1,203) and Janine Douglas (1,206) for sole possession of 18th on DePaul's all-time scoring list... Martin has led the Blue Demons in scoring in 15 game this season... reached double-figures in 23 of DePaul's 26 games (88%)... Martin also had 10 rebounds for her first career double-double... 10 rebounds is a new career-high for the junior... Deanna Ortiz tied a career-high with four three-pointers and seven assists... finished in double-figures (12 points) for the first time since DePaul's season-opener against St. Mary's on Nov. 11 when she had 13 points... DePaul has recorded a three-pointer in 86 consecutive games... Blue Demons out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 47-33... DePaul scored 18 second-chance points while holding Marquette to just four... Katherine Harry grabbed 10 rebounds... has double-digit rebounds in five of her last six games and in 13 games overall this season... Jasmine Penny finished with 14 points for her fifth straight game in double-figures... DePaul moved to 11-0 when at least four players score in double-figures... Katherine Plouffe scored a game-high 22 points... reached double-figures 16 times this season and in seven of the last nine games... was her fifth game with at least 20 points this season... Sarina Simmons had a game-high 11 rebounds... led Marquette in rebounding nine times this season... added 10 points for her third double-double of the season... Marquette, shot 15.4% (2-of-13) from three-point range but shot 40% (22-of-55) overall... held DePaul to a 29.7% shooting percentage in the first half... Sunday was the 56th meeting between the teams... DePaul holds a 35-21 advantage in the all-time series against Marquette and has won seven of the last eight meetings... DePaul is now 21-5 in games played in Lincoln Park.