Jasmine Penny led the Blue Demons with 24 points and finishes her career with 1,417
March 29, 2014
Box Score: Texas A&M 84, DePaul 65
Quotes: DePaul | Texas A&M
LINCOLN, Neb. - Jasmine Penny scored 24 points, but it was not enough as the No. 23/21 DePaul women's basketball team fell to Texas A&M 84-64 in the Regional Semifinal of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at Nebraska's Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Courtney Walker scored 25 points for Texas A&M, who advances to the regional finals of the NCAA women's tournament on Monday against Connecticut.
The Aggies (27-8) led by 14 points at halftime and turned back two DePaul runs to move to a Monday night. Courtney Williams had 14 of her 15 points in the second half for Texas A&M.
DePaul (29-7) shot 40 percent for the game while it shot just 28 percent in the first half. Penny had 16 of her 24 points in the second half and Megan Rogowski added 14 points for the Blue Demons which included 3-of-9 from behind the arc.
Texas A&M shot 60 percent with Karla Gilbert and Jordan Jones each adding 11 points apiece and Tori Scott added 10 for the Aggies.
Walker scored 13 points over a nine-minute stretch of the first half when the Aggies' lead grew from seven to 13 points. The Aggies led by 22 in the second half when Walker went the bench with three fouls, and DePaul went on an 11-2 run to close to 57-44 with 11:40 remaining in the game.
Texas A&M got its lead back to 17 points, but the Blue Demons pulled to 10 with 6 minutes left. The Aggies then used a 12-2 spurt to make it a 20-point game again.
The Aggies are in the Elite Eight for the third time since 2008 and first since they won the national title in 2011.
DePaul had won nine in a row which tied its season-long winning streak for a season that saw the Blue Demons tie a school record with 29 wins.
The Blue Demons were in the tournament for the 12th straight year and in the Sweet 16 for the third time. On their way to the Sweet 16, DePaul had beaten Oklahoma 104-100 and second-seeded Duke 74-65 on the Blue Devils home floor a week ago. The Blue Demons came into Saturday's the game averaging 84 points for the season. Their 65 points matched their season low.
DePaul, which shot 45 percent while making a combined 25 3-pointers in its first two games, was 4 of 20 from long distance.
Saturday's game was the final in the career of Kelsey Smith, Kelsey Reynolds and Penny. All three saw minutes for the Blue Demons against the Aggies, while Penny reached the 20-point mark for the 12th time this season. Reynolds played 10 minutes and Smith got into the game for the final 60-plus seconds.
DePaul finishes its historic season having played the most games in program history (36) while setting new standards points, 3-pointers and assists.
Notes: DePaul’s season-long nine-game winning streak was snapped… DePaul falls to 0-3 in Regional Semifinal games… DePaul finished the season with programs records for points (3,006), assists (705), 3-pointers (314) and games played (36)… tied a program best with 29 wins… closed out the season by winning 18 of its last 20 games… Penny finished her career 1,417 career points which ranks 17th all-time at DePaul… she reached the 20-point mark in 12 games this season and in 19 career games… Penny led DePaul with 568 points this season… Penny played in 120 games, including two Sweet 16 games… Penny’s 120 games ties for 18th all-time at DePaul… Kelsey Reynolds, who played 10 minutes, appeared in 91 games in a Blue Demon uniform… Kelsey Smith saw action in 38 games in her two seasons with the program… DePaul’s 24 first half points ties a season-low, also scored 24 points against St. John’s on Jan. 11… DePaul shot just 27.6 in the opening half and only five players scored... Megan Rogowski led DePaul with nine points and Jasmine Penny added eight in the first half… DePaul had seven first half turnovers while forcing eight from Texas A&M… Megan Podkowa was one rebound shy of a double-double, the sophomore scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had a season-high four blocks… DePaul hit just four 3-pointers and came into the tournament averaging 12.5 triples in NCAA Tournament games… both Brittany Hyrnko and Chanise Jenkins dished out four assists.