Feb. 17, 2013
LOUISVILLE – The DePaul women’s basketball team shot just 24.6 percent in its 81-55 loss at No. 10/11 Louisville on Sunday at the KFC YUM! Center.
The Cardinals shot 43.3 percent from the floor and were led by Bria Smith’s career-high 21 points. Sara Hammond finished with 17 points and tied a career-high with 13 rebounds. Sheronne Vails added 10 points. Louisville (21-5, 9-3 BIG EAST) improves to 13-1 on its home court including a 6-0 mark against BIG EAST opponents.
DePaul (18-8, 7-5 BIG EAST) was led by its freshmen -- Chanise Jenkins and Megan Podkowa.
Jenkins, who fouled out with five minute to play, paced the Blue Demons with a career-high 16 points and was 6-of-14 from the field. The Chicago native also added three steals and eight rebounds.
Podkowa came off the bench and tallied a career-best 14 points which included a 7-of-8 effort from the free throw line. Podkowa also grabbed eight rebounds and added three assists. Katherine Harry led the Blue Demons with 13 rebounds which marked the senior’s 16th double-digit rebound performance this season.
DePaul started the game just 3-of-23 including a 0-for-9 effort from behind the arc and trailed the Cardinals 21-9 with 5:21 to play in the first half.
Harry sparked DePaul’s offense in the final five minutes of the half with six points. The senior from Columbia, Missouri knocked down a pair of free throws and Jenkins drained a triple. Podkowa made one of two free throws before a Harry offensive rebound and putback trimmed the Cardinal lead to eight – 25-17 with 2:16 to play.
A Jenkins jumper capped off a 10-2 DePaul run and forced a Louisville timeout with just over a minute to play in the half. The Blue Demons went to the locker room down just six – 29-23 - after shooting just 16 percent in the first 20 minutes.
After combining for 1-of -23 from behind the arc in the first half -- Louisville’s Shoni Schimmel and Podkowa both drained back-to-back triples to begin the second half. Schimmel’s triple started a 10-3 run for the Cardinals and DePaul was forced to call a timeout, down 39-26 with 17:50 to play.
The Blue Demons got the Cardinal lead back to 11 twice, but DePaul was unable to find its offensive rhythm and the Cardinal lead ballooned to 15 with just under 15 minutes to play.
Louisville sustained its double-figure lead the rest of the way and outscored the Blue Demons 50-10 in paint.
The Blue Demons return to Lincoln Park and put their 13-game McGrath-Phillips Arena winning streak on the line when rival #2/3 Notre Dame comes to town for a 2:30 p.m. (CT) clash on Feb. 24. Brooke Weisbrod and Lou Canellis will call the game for ESPNU.
Notes: DePaul and Louisville split their two meetings this season, each team winning on its home court… DePaul has dropped its last three road games… DePaul shot a season-low .246 (16-65) from the field including a season-low .138 (4-of-29) from behind the arc… Louisville’s 52 second half points were the most by an opponent this season… DePaul still leads the all-time series 16-15… in the series the Cardinals are 10-4 on their home court and have won the last five series meetings in Louisville.