March 24, 2013
Box Score | DePaul Quotes
DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 10 seeded DePaul women's basketball team nearly erased a 16-point deficit, but ran out of gas and fell to No. 7 Oklahoma State, 73-56 on Sunday in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Demons (21-12) began the second half trailing Oklahoma State 42-31. After starting the stanza 0-for-4, DePaul made six of its next eight shots and pulled within one - 45-44 on a Jasmine Penny jumper with 13:51 to play.
After shooting just 28 percent in the first half, DePaul looked to be firing on all cylinders and coming together at just the right time. However, as the Blue Demons looked to take its first lead of the game, their shots stopped falling.
DePaul missed its next 15 shots and went nearly 10 minutes without a field goal and Oklahoma State capitalized with a 15-2 run and led 60-46 with just under five minutes to play.
Megan Rogowski halted DePaul's field goal drought with a 3-pointer with four minutes on the clock, but the Blue Demons were unable to get any closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Playing in her final game in a DePaul jersey, Anna Martin paced the Blue Demons with 12 points and sophomore Brittany Hrynko tallied 11. Martin finishes her career with 1,756 career points which ranks sixth all-time at DePaul.
Katherine Harry ended her career on a high note and grabbed 17 rebounds in her final outing. The senior from Columbia, Mo., who appeared in her school record 136th game today, tallied 1,158 rebounds to finish third all-time at DePaul. Harry also added six points and four steals.
Oklahoma State (22-10) shot 56 percent in the first half and was paced by Toni Young 20 points. Young scored all of her points in the paint and was 10-of-13 in the first 20 minutes.
The Cowgirls raced out to a 7-0 lead and forced an early Blue Demon timeout with 18:27 on the clock. Martin responded with a pair of triples and a jumper to pull DePaul within three - 11-8 with 16:16 to play in the half.
Young sparked a 21-8 Cowgirl run over the next six minutes and Oklahoma State led 32-16 after a Kendra Suttles' putback with just over nine minutes to play.
DePaul locked down on its defense and got three big steals in the closing minutes of the half, while deep triples from Rogowski, Chanise Jenkins and Hrynko pulled the Blue Demons within 11 - 42-31 at the half.
The Cowgirls were paced by Young's 25 points, while Liz Donohoe (14), Tiffany Bias (12) and Suttles (11) also finished in double-figures for Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State will face the No. 2 seed in Duke on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (ET)