Martin Leads No. 18 DePaul Over Cincinnati On Senior Night
Feb. 27, 2012
Box Score: DePaul 73, Cincinnati 51 | Postgame Notes | BIG EAST Championship
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CHICAGO – Anna Martin scored a career-high 36 points to lead No. 18 DePaul over Cincinnati, 73-51, on an evening which said goodbye to four seniors. Martin’s scoring output was the highest of the season in BIG EAST play.
The Blue Demons (21-9, 9-7 BIG EAST) shot 56 percent from the field as a team, including 71 percent (17-for-24) in the second half. Martin herself was 15-for-19 (78.9%) including a 2-of-3 effort from behind the arc.
Katherine Harry got the scoring underway with a layup, but then the Bearcats went on a 7-0 run, which prompted a timeout by head coach Doug Bruno.
Martin ended the sudden spurt by Cincinnati with a long shot just inside the three-point line, which led to a run for DePaul. Martin then followed her own miss with a layup which tied her with former Blue Demon Sam Quigley for sixteenth on DePaul’s all-time scoring list (1,273).
Jasmine Penny, Martin and Harry led the charge of a 9-0 run to put the Blue Demons up 18-13 with 8:28 left in the first half. Harry would eventually record her seventh double-double of the season (15 for her career), as she tallied 10 points, ripped 16 rebounds and tied a career-high with six assists.
As the buzzer sounded for the end of the first half, the Blue Demons found themselves ahead 29-22. DePaul was shooting 43 percent from the field by virtue of Martin going 8-of-12 herself.
“We started pretty choppy,” coach Bruno said. “We were chasing seven to eight points early and then Anna and the team stepped up the D a little and we were able to get back in it.”
Cincinnati (15-14, 6-9 BIG EAST) started the second half on a 7-0 run, led by Jeanise Randolph. But Martin got the near-capacity crowd back on their feet again on a layup from a long pass by Brittany Hrynko.
From there the Blue Demons never looked back, as the bench players began to do their work as part of this “Magnificent Seven” squad. Megan Rogowski (nine points) and Penny (12 points) added to the 8-0 run, which put DePaul up for good.
Martin tied her career high of 31 points by hitting two technical free throws, which put the Blue Demons up 53-33. She then surpassed her own career high on a play which so typically describes her tough play: a coast-to-coast layup.
“[Anna] knows how to get the tough baskets,” coach Bruno said. “She was all over the court tonight.”
When the final horn sounded, the Blue Demons saw their two-game skid come to an end with a 22-point victory over a scrappy Cincinnati team.
As the Bearcats exited the floor, DePaul athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto, University President Father Dennis H. Holtschneider, Coach Bruno and his entire coaching staff walked to center court to welcome the departing senior class. One by one – Maureen Mulchrone, Taylor Pikes, Deanna Ortiz and Keisha Hampton, headed out onto the McGrath-Phillips Arena floor for the final time.
“This senior class is really special,” coach Bruno said. “We have Taylor and Maureen coming from the south side, Deanna from the northwest side and Hampton Philly. Their leadership really meant a lot to this team.”
The Blue Demons will savor this win, but they now begin the BIG EAST Championship in Hartford, Conn. next week. With the win, DePaul has secured a first-round bye and an eight seed. The Blue Demons will play the winner of the Pitt/USF game at 1 p.m. (CT) on Mar. 3.
Notes: Anna Martin led DePaul with a career-high 36 points... the 36 points are the most by a BIG EAST player in league games this season and are the second-most by a BIG EAST player in any game... Martin passed former Blue Demon Sam Quigley (1,273) for 16th on DePaul’s all-time scoring list... now has 1,287 career points... has led DePaul in scoring 18 times this season... went 15-of-19 (79%) from the field… Katherine Harry grabbed 16 rebounds... 15th double-digit rebounding performance of the season... has grabbed 15 or more in two straight games and in six games overall... also added 10 points for her seventh double-double of the season and the 15th of her career… Jasmine Penny was 5-of-5 from the field... first DePaul player to have a perfect night from the field (5 min.) since Katherine Harry went 9-of-9 at Loyola-Chicago on Dec. 9, 2010 (55 games)... Megan Rogowski had three triples for the second straight game... it was Rogowski’s 14th game with multiple 3-pointers… After shooting 43% (13-for-30) in the first half, DePaul shot 71% (17-for-24) in the second… Brittany Hrynko dished out seven assists... is the third time this season she has recorded at least seven assists… DePaul has recorded a three-pointer in 89 consecutive games… the win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Blue Demons… Jeanise Randolph led the Bearcats in scoring with 14 points... just her fifth game in double-figures this season and is also a season-high… DePaul leads the all-time series, 24-12 and moves to 14-2 in games played in Lincoln Park… the Blue Demons have won five straight games over the Bearcats.