Blue Demons Claim Maggie Dixon Championship Over Duquesne, 88-77
Nov. 9, 2013
CHICAGO – The DePaul women’s basketball team hit 10 free throws down the stretch, holding off a tough Duquesne team, 88-77, on Saturday in the Maggie Dixon Classic Championship at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Six Blue Demons reached double figures in scoring led by Brittany Hrynko’s game-high 21 points. The junior guard also registered a game-high eight rebounds.
Duquesne got 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from forward Orsi Szecsi, but fell to 1-1 on the season after leading as late as 12 minutes into the second half.
The Dukes looked primed for a road win for most of the first half. After Rogowski’s first three of the game, DePaul led 5-4 early but Duquesne used an 11-0 run to jump out to a 15-5 lead at the 14:36 mark.
The Dukes made nine of their first 11 from the field and went up 21-11 before the Blue Demons narrowed the deficit to five following a three by January at the 10:44 mark.
As part of a 15-2 DePaul surge, Penny converted a three-point play and then went coast-to-coast off a steal to tie things up at 21. The two squads then traded buckets, but another Rogowski three gave DePaul the lead, 26-23, at the 8:33 mark.
Duquesne recovered, however, and used a 9-0 spurt spanning 2:57 to go ahead 32-27 and led by one, at 39-38, going into the locker room.
After the Dukes scored the first basket of the second half, DePaul poured in six straight to reclaim the lead, 44-41, just 2:24 into the half.
It was a tight affair from that point as neither team got ahead by more than four points until less than a minute remained in the game. DePaul’s free throw shooting helped close things out, as the Blue Demons made 12 freebies over the game’s final 2:35.
Now 2-0 on the young season, the Blue Demons are back in action on Monday, Nov. 18 versus Illinois State at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.
Notes: DePaul won its home tournament’s championship for the 10th time in 11 seasons… the two teams met for the first time since the 1998-99 season… DePaul now trails 2-1 in the all-time series against Duquesne… the Blue Demons improved to 37-19 against the Atlantic 10 Conference… Rogowski was just one off her career-high, knocking down four three-pointers for the second consecutive game…