March 9, 2013
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HARTFORD, Conn. - Anna Martin scored 24 points and led DePaul to a 77-69 win over Marquette in the Second Round of the BIG EAST Championship at the XL Center on Saturday. The Blue Demons, who are the seventh seed in the tournament will played the second-seed Connecticut Huskies on Sunday at 6 p.m. (ET).
Martin, who was playing in just her fourth game since missing eight games with a knee injury, led three Blue Demons in double figures. Brittany Hrynko added 17 points which included an 8-of-10 effort from the free throw line while the sophomore guard also dished out four assists and had two steals. Chanise Jenkins rounded out DePaul's double-digit scorers with 11 points.
DePaul (21-10) shot 42 percent for the game, while Martin was 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) from the field. The senior from Lexington, Ky., was 6-of-7 in the first half.
Arlesia Morse led four Marquette (16-15) players in double-digits with 16 points.
The Blue Demons and Golden Eagles started the game on a 100-point tempo and the teams combined to shoot 13-of-22 in the opening 6:47 of play. With DePaul leading 18-17, the Blue Demons used an 8-2 run and took a 26-20 advantage on a Katherine Harry layup with 8:50 to play in the opening 20 minutes.
DePaul took its largest lead of the half, 33-25 on a 3-pointer from Martin with 4:09 on the clock. The Golden Eagles closed out the half on a 9-1 run, but the Blue Demons went to the locker room up 35-34 behind 13 points from Martin.
Down 40-36 early in the second half, the Blue Demons answered with a 20-6 run. Jenkins put an exclamation point on the run when the freshman drained a deep 3-pointer with 9:48 to play in the game.
DePaul pushed its lead to 15 points twice with just over six minutes to play. Marquette pulled within seven in the final minute, but the Blue Demons made eight of their last 10 free throws to seal the victory.
DePaul is set to play Connecticut on Sunday. The Huskies defeated the Blue Demons, 91-44 on Feb. 10 in Storrs. DePaul was without Martin and traveled to Connecticut on the day of the game after the blizzard "Nemo" pounded the area with an excess of two feet of snow.