March 4, 2012
Box Score: Notre Dame 69, DePaul 54 | Postgame Notes
BIG EAST: Highlights
HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite shooting better than No. 3/3 Notre Dame, the No. 23 DePaul women’s basketball team fell to the Irish, 69-54 in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship on Sunday at the XL Center.
Katherine Harry led DePaul with 14 points while Jasmine Penny added 10. The Blue Demons’ leading scorer Anna Martin was held to just seven points, while the junior guard contributed five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Brittany Hrynko, who fouled out with 4:37 to play, led DePaul with seven rebounds.
Devereaux Peters paced Notre Dame with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Natalie Novosel also scored 16 while Kayla McBride added 14 and Skylar Diggins finished with 12 points and five assists.
For the game, the Blue Demons held a slight field goal percentage advantage with DePaul connecting on 24-of-54 (.444) while the Irish were 30-for-68 (.441). Notre Dame came into the game shooting .480 while holding their opponents to .350.
Despite shooting 39 percent (11-of-28) in the opening stanza the Blue Demons could not overcome a 23-13 ND advantage on glass. The Irish held a 9-3 offensive rebounding advantage while ND scored 12 second chance points and went to the locker room up 38-26.
DePaul (22-10) was 4-of-10 from behind the arc while Deanna Oritz drained a pair of triples in the early portions of half while Megan Rogowski and Martin also hit 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
The Blue Demons led 10-7 after and Ortiz’s first triple, but the Irish went on an 11-2 run and pulled ahead 18-12 with 12:43 to play in the stanza. DePaul got within three on three separate occasions including a putback by Harry with 8:17 (22-19) to play in the half.
The Irish (29-2) finished the half on a 14-7 run and opened the second half on 10-0 run which put them up 48-26 with 17:15 in the game.
Not wanting to let the game get out of hand, the Blue Demons locked in on their defense and started hitting their shots. DePaul shot 50 percent (13-of-26) in the second half.
Down 56-34, the Blue Demons used an 11-0 run to get within a manageable 11 points with just over 7:30 to play. During DePaul’s 11-point swing -- Hrynko scored five points while timely baskets from Rogowski and Martin fueled the Blue Demons.
DePaul got as close as 10 – 64-54 on a Rogowski triple with just under two minutes to play, but the Blue Demon comeback would be cut short as time expired and Notre Dame moved into the semifinals.
The Blue Demons, who have recorded 22 wins and have an RPI of 20, await the NCAA Selection Show on ESPN Monday, Mar. 12. DePaul will host its annual selection show party at McGrath Phillips-Arena. The event is open to the public and doors open at 5 p.m. with the selection show on the big screen beginning at 6 p.m. (CT).
If chosen for the NCAA Championship, the Blue Demons will play their first and second round games at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. All session tickets are currently on sale while groups of 10 or more can purchase single session passes. Tickets for the NCAA First and Second Rounds or for any DePaul athletics events, can be purchased through the DePaul ticket office by calling 773-325-SLAM.
Notes: DePaul played in its sixth BIG EAST Quarterfinals game... has advanced to the quarterfinals in each of its BIG EAST Championship since DePaul joined the league in 2005-06… DePaul did not attempt a free throw for the first time since Feb. 27, 2008 or 136 games… DePaul moves to 6-6 all-time in the BIG EAST Championship…. Brittany Hrynko led DePaul in rebounding for the fourth time this season... she grabbed 10 boards… Anna Martin was just 3-of-10 from the field marking just the fourth time this season she has not reached double-figures… Katherine Harry led DePaul in scoring with 14 points... her 14th double-digit performance of the season… ND outscored DePaul 38-18 in the paint and 23-4 in second chance points… ND committed just five fouls… Devereauz Peters recorded her 21st career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds… Notre Dame has won the last three series meetings, including two this season… Notre Dame is now 2-1 in game played at the BIG EAST Championship… DePaul holds a slight 19-18 series advantage.