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DePaul Tops Marquette 100-90 and Advances to BIG EAST Title Game
Jasmine Penny scored a game-high 26 points in DePaul's 100-90 BIG EAST Tournament semifinal win over Marquette.

Jasmine Penny scored a game-high 26 points in DePaul's 100-90 BIG EAST Tournament semifinal win over Marquette.

March 10, 2014

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ROSEMONT, Ill. - There were people who were a little concerned about the Blue Demons' matchup with Marquette in Monday night's BIG EAST Tournament semifinals.

Staving off a late rush by the Golden Eagles, No. 23/25 DePaul played with passion and intensity in a 100-90 victory over the Golden Eagles before an Allstate Arena crowd full of enthusiastic school children.

DePaul (26-6) advances to the 8 p.m. championship game on Tuesday against St. John's (22-9) with the Blue Demons looking to capture their first BIG EAST Tournament title.

Jasmine Penny led the way with a game-high 26 points while Chanise Jenkins came away with a career-high 23 points along with six rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Megan Rogowski added 21 points and Brittany Hrynko contributed 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.

This was the first time DePaul had three players score 20 or more points in the same game since 2004.

After trailing by 17 in the second half, Marquette closed the gap to 89-82 with less than two minutes left as Katie Young scored 25 points. Hrynko's layup made it 91-82.

The Golden Eagles had closed to 93-87 when three free throws by Hrynko and three by Jenkins in the final minute sealed it for the Blue Demons.

"This is a really good Marquette team," said DePaul coach Doug Bruno. "We knew it would be a difficult game.

"They have proven before they have the resilience to come back. Our team did a good job of battling and staying with one of the best rebounding teams in the country.

"I liked the balanced distribution we had to get good shots inside and outside. Chanise and Brittany did a great job of running the show and Jasmine did a great job of taking it to the basket inside the paint."

Leading by 17 at halftime, the Blue Demons went up 61-43 early in the second half on a Rogowski 3-pointer. Marquette (21-10) came within 14 when Rogowski connected again from beyond the arc. Four consecutive Rogowski points built a 19-point lead in the middle of the second half.

The Golden Eagles responded with an 8-0 burst to come within 71-60 with less than 10 minutes to go. Penny scored on back-to-back baskets in restoring a 15-point lead.

A pair of Jenkins free throws with less than five minutes on the clock provided an 83-66 cushion. That's when the Golden Eagles began their late rush with a 21-10 run.

DePaul was looking for a little redemption after losing 80-74 on Feb. 18 at Marquette.

"After we lost that game, we wanted to get back at them," Penny said. "We came out tonight with great energy and ready to play."

Marquette moved out to a five-point lead early in the first half when DePaul launched one of its patented runs---outscoring the Golden Eagles 19-4.

It began with a Hrynko 3-pointer and ended with a brilliant feed from Hrynko to Centrese McGee for a layup. In between, Jenkins, Jessica January and Penny made contributions to the surge.

Jenkins got off to a fast start and had 16 points by halftime. A Rogowski basket followed by a January score had DePaul sailing into intermission with a 55-38 lead.

The Blue Demons didn't waste any time establishing an inside presence.

"Absolutely, that was the plan," Bruno said. "We took 45 three-pointers at Marquette, and that's way too many. The three-point shot exists to open the floor for talented players who can drive and for those who can score inside. We have both."