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Second Half Pushes Marquette Past DePaul, 80-74
Jasmine Penny led all players with 20 points. DePaul fell at Marquette 80-74 on Tuesday.

Jasmine Penny led all players with 20 points. DePaul fell at Marquette 80-74 on Tuesday.

Feb. 18, 2014

Box Score: Marquette 80, DePaul 74 Get Acrobat Reader

MILWAUKEE – Despite 20 points from Jasmine Penny, the DePaul women’s basketball team dropped an 80-74 BIG EAST Conference game at Marquette on Tuesday.  The loss snaps DePaul’s nine-game winning streak and the Blue Demons fall to 20-6 on the year and are 11-3 in league games.  Marquette has won its last three games and improves to 18-7 and is 9-5 in BIG EAST games.

Penny led four Blue Demons in double-figures.  Brittany Hrynko finished with 14 and Jessica January came off the bench to score 13. Megan Rogowski added 12 points on 4-of-9 from behind the arc.

Hrynko added six assists, six steals and a team-best five rebounds in 30 minutes of action.

Marquette outrebounded the Blue Demons53-35 with Katherine Plouffe grabbing 12.  Arlesia Morse paced five Golden Eagles with 17 points.  Plouffe added with 14 points.

DePaul shot a season-low 35 percent from the field which included a 10-of-35 (28.6 percent) effort from 3-point range.
 
Marquette shot 53 percent in the second half which fueled its 10-point come-from-behind win.

DePaul overcame a slow start in the first half as the Blue Demons opened the game just 3-of-9 from the field with all three baskets belonging to Penny.  

Trailing 10-6 in the opening five-plus minutes, the Blue Demons put together a 10-4 run over the next five minutes with Hrynko scoring the last six points which put DePaul up 16-14 with 10:06 to play in the half.

DePaul continued to pressure Marquette with its suffocating full court press which forced 13 Marquette turnovers which turned into a 13-0 advantage on points off turnovers in the opening half.

DePaul took its largest lead of the game, 35-24 when a Blue Demon offensive rebound led to a Podkowa layup with 10 seconds left in the half.

The Blue Demons went to the locker room up 35-25 behind 11 points from Penny.

Marquette opened the second half on an 18-8 run and forced DePaul into six uncharacteristic turnovers and tied the game at 43 when Morse converted the three-point play with 13:28 to play.

The two teams continued to trade baskets and the game was tied four more times, including at 71 with 2:33 to play.

With the game knotted at 71, Apiew Ojulu grabbed an offensive rebound, knocked in a layup and was fouled on the play to put the Golden Eagles up for good.

DePaul pulled within three (77-74) in the closing seconds on a Hrynko 3-pointer, but Marquette would make three of its next four free throws to seal the Golden Eagle win.

DePaul returns to Lincoln Park on Saturday, Feb. 22 when its hosts Butler for a 7 p.m. BIG EAST showdown at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Tickets for all DePaul athletic events can be purchased on DePaulBlueDemons.com, by calling the ticket office at (773) 325-SLAM or visiting the ticket office which is located at 2323 N. Sheffield Avenue in Chicago.

Notes: DePaul’s season-long nine-game winning streak was snapped… DePaul still leads the all-time series with Marquette 37-23… Marquette has won three straight at the Al McGuire Center and improves to 17-9 in series games played in Milwaukee… DePaul shot a season-low .351 (26-for-74) from the field… only the third time a team has grabbed 50-plus rebounds against DePaul this season… DePaul tied its season average with 12 steals… the Marquette bench outscored DePaul27-14… DePaul shot just 32.4 percent (12-for-37) in the opening half, but Marquette was only 10-of-30 from the field and just 1-of-10 from behind the arc… DePaul held a 9-8 advantage on the offensive glass, but Marquette held an 11-7 advantage in second chance points.