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Blue Demons Claim Maggie Dixon Championship Over Duquesne, 88-77
Brittany Hrynko had a game-high 21 as the Blue Demons took the title at the Maggie Dixon Classic.

Brittany Hrynko had a game-high 21 as the Blue Demons took the title at the Maggie Dixon Classic.

Nov. 9, 2013

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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.

Sophomore Chanise Jenkins and junior Megan Rogowski, who was a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range, supplemented the offense with 15 points apiece.

Jasmine Penny, who was awarded Maggie Dixon Classic MVP honors following the game, added 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Megan Podkowa and Jessica January each chipped in with 11 points.

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…