Nov. 17, 2012
Box Score: DePaul 68, Howard 51 | BlueTube: Highlights and Postgame
CHICAGO – After waiting for what must have seemed like a long seven days, the Blue Demons didn’t waste any time getting back to DePaul ball.
Jasmine Penny and Brittany Hrynko ignited a fast start that resulted in a 68-51 victory over Howard Saturday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Hrynko led DePaul with 18 points and four assists while Penny pitched in with 15 points and eight rebounds. Anna Martin finished with 12 points and six assists while Katherine Harry had nine points and 10 rebounds. Chanise Jenkins contributed seven points and a career-high seven assists.
The last time DePaul had played on this court, coach Doug Bruno’s team was toppled by Dayton Nov. 10 in the title game of the Maggie Dixon Classic.
Ever since, the Blue Demons have been anxious for a little redemption.
“You really have to take care of business after what happened last Saturday against Dayton,” said DePaul coach Doug Bruno. “It was important to come out ready to play. Our players didn’t have their best game last week.”
DePaul (2-1) opened the game with a 10-1 run, but that’s when 6-foot, 3-inch center Harry went to the bench with early foul trouble.
With the game’s tallest player inactive, Howard (0-3) outscored the Blue Demons 17-7 as ex-Whitney Young star Kara Smith scored seven points.
Harry re-entered the game with DePaul trailing 18-17. Hrynko and Penny went on another tear and combined for 14 points in a 15-0 run to finish off the first half.
That provided a 32-18 halftime lead and a pretty unusual statistic. Harry only scored two points in the first half, but while the senior center was on the floor, DePaul outscored Howard 25-1.
“We wanted to get off to a good start,” Penny said. “That gave our team a lot more confidence. I was really focused and ready to play tonight.”
A Jenkins three-pointer and another “Jasmine jumper” at the outset of the second half extended the Blue Demon run to 20-0. Howard finally scored on the next possession, ending a scoreless stretch of 10 minutes, seven seconds.
Two Martin free throws and another Penny basket put DePaul up 41-20 early in the second half. A Harry three-point play gave the Blue Demons a 24-point lead.
The backcourt tandem of Hrynko and Jenkins combined for 25 points and 11 rebounds.
“I played with another lead guard in high school, so I’m used to it,” Jenkins said. “Brittany is a great guard and she is always talking to me on the floor.”
Bruno placed a high priority on only the third game of the season.
“Because of what happened with Dayton, this game becomes all of a sudden a must-win,” Bruno said.
“You have to win these games in November or else there is no March.”
DePaul comes right back to the Doug Bruno Court at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Monday for a 7 p.m. game against Yale.
Notes: Doug Bruno coached his 795th career game at DePaul and is 512-283 all-time… Blue Demons won their 150th game at McGrath-Phillips Arena, improving to 150-24 (.856) all-time in the venue… DePaul is now 138-11 (.926) all-time at McGrath-Phillips when facing an unranked opponent… DePaul extended its streak of consecutive games with a three-pointer to 96... DePaul held Howard to 18 first half points, the lowest amount they have held an opponent to since Dec. 7, 2009 when Loyola managed just 16 in the first half… Blue Demons had assists on 21-of-24 made shots… Hrynko finished 4-5 from beyond the arc to tie a career-high... has hit four three-pointers in all three of DePaul’s games this season… Hrynko also reached double-figures for the third time this season… she led DePaul with 18 points and has led DePaul in scoring in seven career games… Anna Martin reached double-figures in scoring (12) for the third straight game to start the season and fifth consecutive game overall. She has reached double figures in 73 of her 106 career games (68.9%)… Chanise Jenkins set a new career-high with seven assists… MEAC Preseason Player of the Year Saadia Doyle led Howard with 21 points and has reached double-figures in all three of Howard’s game... DePaul now leads the all-time series with Howard 1-0 and is 2-1 all-time against school’s from the MEAC… DePaul plays Hampton on Nov. 23.