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No. 2 Notre Dame Too Much for DePaul
Brittany Hrynko scored a team-high 15 points on Sunday.


Brittany Hrynko scored a team-high 15 points on Sunday.

Feb. 24, 2013

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CHICAGO - A slow start against the number two team in the country turned into an insurmountable deficit for DePaul on Sunday as the women's basketball team fell 84-56 to Notre Dame at a packed McGrath-Phillips Arena.

With the loss, the Blue Demons fell to 18-9 overall and 7-6 in BIG EAST play as well as seeing a 13-game home winning streak come to a close.

"Over these last 15 days, I really haven't been too happy with what we've shown," said head coach Doug Bruno. "Our program has always been about fight, so I'm excited about the way our players played for the last 12 minutes of the game. I'm proud of them for fighting and making the speed of the game watchable. That's what DePaul ball is supposed to be about, playing in a way that's exciting to watch."

"I was just tired of watching what we aren't and was happy to see any kind of spark."

The Irish improved to 24-1 and stayed unbeaten in the league at 13-0, winning their 20th straight game behind a triple-double performance by All-American guard Skylar Diggins (17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).

Individually, Brittany Hrynko (15 points) and Megan Rogowski (14) led the Blue Demons in scoring. Senior forward Katherine Harry pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to reach double digit boards for the 17th time this season.

DePaul struggled with its shot early, shooting just 2-of-9 in the first five minutes and allowing Notre Dame to build an early 12-4 lead at the 14:26 mark of the opening half.

The Blue Demons got a three from Megan Rogowski to make it 22-11 at the 9:39 mark, but then went scoreless from the field until a Hrynko freebie at the 7:37 mark.

With 5:53 to play, Penny kept the small spurt going for DePaul with her second of back-to-back layups, making it 25-16 and getting the Blue Demons back to within nine - the closest they would get for the rest of the contest.

Notre Dame closed the half on a 10-0 run to hold a 40-17 advantage at the break. The 17 points were the fewest in a half for DePaul all season.

Coming out of the locker room, Notre Dame stretched its lead to a game-high 35 (55-20) with 14:56 to go. The Blue Demons wouldn't get any closer than 27 the rest of the way, inching to within 68-41 on a triple by Hrynko at the 6:56 mark.

Next up for the Blue Demons will be a Tuesday night showdown on CBS Sports Network against Georgetown at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Tip is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. CT.

Postgame Notes:

DePaul's 13-game home winning streak was snapped... Notre Dame won its 20th consecutive game... DePaul's 17 points in the first half represented its lowest scoring output in a half this season; previous low was January 22 in first half at Cincinnati (19 points)... the all-time series is now knotted at 19 games apiece with the Irish trailing 12-7 in games in Chicago... DePaul is now 13-14 all-time versus Top 25 opponents at McGrath-Phillips Arena... Katherine Harry moved into fourth all-time in games played by appearing in her 130th career game... Harry recorded one block to move into a tie with Jamie Smith (1999-03) for third position all-time on DePaul's blocks chart... Harry (10 rebounds) also recorded double digit rebounds for the 46th time in her career.