Demons Keep Dancin': DePaul 74, Duke 65
Brittany Hrynko had 14 points and six assists in the win over Duke on Monday night.

March 24, 2014

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DURHAM, N.C. - Megan Rogowski scored 22 points and Megan Podkowa added 18 to help DePaul upset Duke 74-65 on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Brittany Hrynko added 14 for the seventh-seeded Blue Demons (29-6). They earned their third appearance in the round of 16 by hitting 14 3-pointers and forcing second-seeded Duke into 21 turnovers with their high-pressure defense.

DePaul will play the James Madison-Texas A&M winner on Saturday in the Lincoln Regional semifinals.

Elizabeth Williams scored 12 points, and seniors Haley Peters and Tricia Liston each added 11 in their final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke (28-7) led for only 12 seconds and became the first top-four seed to lose in the tournament.

The Blue Devils — who made four straight appearances in the regional finals — became the first No. 2 seed to lose this early since Xavier lost to Louisville in 2011.

Jasmine Penny added 11 points for DePaul, which has won 18 of 19.

Coach Doug Bruno's team was coming off a 104-100 win over Oklahoma in the first round, the highest-scoring regulation game in tournament history.

It joined Connecticut, Notre Dame and North Carolina as teams to come into Cameron this year and beat the Blue Devils.

They won this one with defense, using relentless pressure against a Blue Devils team with no healthy point guards.

Ka'lia Johnson scored 11 points and Oderah Chidom added 10 for Duke, which lost an NCAA tournament game at Cameron for the first time since 1996 and was denied its 17th regional semifinal berth in 18 years.

Duke had one last chance to make things interesting after Liston hit a layup after a steal to make it 67-60 with 1:45 left and Hrynko missed the front end of a one-and-one.

But Penny blocked Liston's layup, and after the teams traded turnovers, DePaul bled the clock before Duke fouled Jessica January with 1:09 left.

Liston's 3 went in and out, and Rogowski hit two free throws with 42.1 seconds left to push the lead back to 10.

Duke had closed to 49-46 on Chidom's layup with 7 minutes left.

Penny countered with a jumper in the lane and Hrynko followed with a 3 in front of the DePaul bench — and afterward held her shooting hand high for a moment.

Rogowski, who finished with six 3s, hit one to push the lead to 57-48 — the seventh time the Blue Demons countered a Duke bucket with a 3 — and she then gave DePaul a double-figure lead on its next possession with two free throws with 5:02 left.

By then, Duke was on its way to dropping to 21-2 in NCAA tournament games at Cameron.

Notes: DePaul advances to its first Regional Semifinal since the 2011 season… DePaul improves to 3-6 in Second Round games… DePaul beat a No. 2 seed for the first time in four tries… DePaul knocked down a season-high 14 3-pointers which is also a Blue Demon NCAA record…  Megan Rogowski knocked down six 3-pointers which ties for the second most by a DePaul player in an NCAA tournament game… Megan Podkowa was a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc… Brittany Hrynko added also added four triples… Rogowski led DePaul with 22 points and has eclipsed the 20-point mark in four of her last six games… Rogowski added three steals… Podkowa added 18 points and has reached double-figures five of the last six games… Podkowa had three blocks for the second consecutive game… Brittany Hrynko and Chanise Jenkins combined for 13 of DePaul’s 19 assists… Jessica January had three steals and added a seven rebounds… Jenkins also grabbed seven rebounds… DePaul will make its third Regional Semifinal… DePaul also advanced to the Regional Semifinal by winning at Penn State in 2011... DePaul held Duke to just 24 points in the first half – its lowest of season…  DePaul forced Duke into 21 turnovers… DePaul improves to 2-2 all-time against Duke and is 1-2 in NCAA Tournament games.



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