March 20, 2012
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ROSEMONT, Ill. – DePaul head coach Doug Bruno asked his team to leave it all out on the floor and battle No. 2 seed Tennessee with everything they had in its arsenal. The 20th meeting between the two teams saw big shots and even bigger rebounds, but Tennessee came out on top, 63-48 on Monday night at the Allstate Arena.
The loss ended DePaul’s season, but the Blue Demons will return six of its “Magnificent Seven” including Anna Martin, who paced the floor with 20 points, grabbed five rebounds, had three steals and fouled out 2:15 left in the game. Martin led DePaul and the BIG EAST Conference in scoring and finished the season with 648 points which ranks 10th on DePaul’s all-time list.
Harry, who came into the Tennessee game averaging 9.5 boards, fought for position all night with the Lady Volunteers’ various post combinations. The three-year starter grabbed seven rebounds. Jasmine Penny also tallied seven rebounds which included four offensive boards.
DePaul’s tenacious defense caused Tennessee fits and forced 20 turnovers -- almost five more than its season average. The Blue Demons (23-11) scored 15 points off Lady Vols turnovers while Tennessee forced 14 Blue Demon turnovers.
Tennessee (26-8) started the game on an 8-2 run, but five points from Martin pulled the Blue Demons within one with 14:09 to play in the half. On the defensive end, Martin pick-pocketed Alicia Manning and found an open Brittany Hrynko under the basket for a 9-8 Blue Demon advantage with 13:50 to play.
Two possessions later, Tennessee took the lead on a Cierra Brudick layup. The two teams traded baskets, and the Lady Vols took their largest lead of the first half, 28-21 with 2:06 left.
The Lady Vols took their first double-digit lead (35-25) on a Briana Bass 3-pointer, but the Blue Demons did not go away.
Down 42-29, layups by Penny and Deanna Ortiz pulled the Blue Demons within nine with 8:12 to play.
Clawing its way back into the game, and with Allstate crowd cheering loudly for the women in blue -- Ortiz, in her final game for DePaul, hit a deep 3-pointer to pull the Blue Demons within 53-46 with just over two minutes to play.
Tennessee hit six consecutive free throws to push the lead back to double-figures.
Ortiz finished her evening with nine points, a rebound and a steal. The Chicago native appeared in 107 games in a DePaul uniform and scored 314 points.